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26 November 1999

LAST TRIDENT SUBMARINE ARRIVES WITH A VENGEANCE

HMS VENGEANCE will soon enter the history books as the last warship
to be commissioned into the Royal Navy this century. The nuclear
submarine will be the fourth and final boat to enter the Trident
Fleet.

The commissioning ceremony will take place at the Marconi-Marine
Shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness on Saturday 27th November 1999. The
special guest of honour will be Lady Robertson accompanied by her
husband, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, the new NATO Secretary General
and until recently Secretary of State for Defence. Rear Admiral
Stevens, the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Submarines will also attend.

HMS VENGEANCE's keel was laid in February 1993, and the submarine was
rolled out of the massive Devonshire Dock Hall on 19th September 1998
and named by Lady Robertson as the submarine's sponsor. At the
commissioning ceremony the White Ensign of the Royal Navy will be
raised for the first time and a cake cut by the youngest member of
the crew.

The submarine has already undergone contractor's sea trials under the
Red Ensign of the Merchant Navy. Further trials and a comprehensive
crew training programme will be carried out before HMS VENGEANCE
becomes operational as part of the First Submarine Squadron based at
Faslane in Scotland. She will then join the "patrol cycle" with her
sister boats HMS VANGUARD, HMS VICTORIOUS and HMS VIGILANT. This
enables one submarine to always be at sea providing Britain's
continuous deterrent patrol.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. HMS VENGEANCE's Commanding Officer is Commander Stephen Upright
Royal Navy. The submarine has a total complement of 205 to provide
a Ship's Company of about 130 for a patrol.

2. Historically, the commissioning of HMS VENGEANCE takes place
nearly 99 years after Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness launched the
first Royal Navy submarine, Holland 1. In addition, this year also
marks the centenary of the launch of a previous HMS VENGEANCE - a
Canopus-class battleship, also built by Vickers in Barrow and
commissioned in July 1899.


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