HMS Victorious (S29)

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Trident Nuclear Submarine HMS Victorious.jpg
Victorious near Faslane, Scotland in April 2013.
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Victorious
Laid down: 3 December 1987
Launched: 29 September 1993
Commissioned: 7 January 1995
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Fate: in active service
Badge: Victorious crest.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Vanguard-class submarine
Displacement: 15,900 tonnes, submerged
Length: 149.9 m (491 ft 10 in)
Beam: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
Draught: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Speed: In excess of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph), submerged
Range: Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.
Complement: 135
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Two SSE Mk10 launchers for Type 2066 and Type 2071 torpedo decoys
  • RESM Racal UAP passive intercept

HMS Victorious is the second Vanguard-class submarine of the Royal Navy.[1] Victorious carries the Trident ballistic missile,[2] the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Victorious was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd (now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions), was launched in September 1993, and commissioned in January 1995.[2]

Her crew is made up of two watches, "Port" and "Starboard".[3]

Operational history[edit]

In November 2000, while travelling on the surface, Victorious grounded on Skelmorlie Bank in the upper Firth of Clyde in Scotland.[4]

She became the second of the class to refit, during which time she was fitted with a Core H reactor ensuring that the boat will not need to refuel again until the end of its service life.[5] In 2008, she underwent sea trials before resuming patrols in 2009.[6]

In 2013, Victorious completed the UK's 100th deterrent patrol.[7]

General characteristics[edit]

  • Displacement: 16,000 tons submerged
  • Propulsion: Rolls-Royce PWR2 reactor, two GEC turbines, single shaft, pump jet propulsor
  • Electrical Power: two Paxman diesel generators, two WH Allen turbogenerators
  • Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) submerged
  • Complement: 21 officers, 146 men
  • Strategic Armament: 16 Lockheed Trident II D5 ballistic missiles
  • Defensive Armament: four 533 mm (21-inch) torpedo tubes, Spearfish torpedoes


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vanguard class submarine". Royal Navy.
  2. ^ a b Jane's Fighting Ships, 2004–2005. Jane's Information Group Limited. p. 794. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1.
  3. ^ "Bridge card" (PDF). Royal Navy. 11 February 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ Peter LuffMinister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology (2 November 2010). "Nuclear Submarines: Accidents". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. col. 693W–694W.
  5. ^ "HMS Victorious". Royal Navy. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ "HMS Victorious leaves Plymouth after three-year refit". 10 July 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Victorious summer ends with divisions for submarine's crew". Royal Navy. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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