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This Towering Egg Is the Nose of UK's Next Nuclear Submarine

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“This is big. I mean really big. A big egg.” This was my first thought when I saw the nose cone of HMS Anson, the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute class nuclear powered attack submarine. It is huge.

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BAE Systems has just awarded a £1.3 billion contract to continue building the latest Astute Class attack submarine for the Royal Navy. Two more Astute class submarines–Audacious and Agamemnon–are under construction as well.

As a bonus, here’s photo from 2013 showing three Astute class subs under construction in the BAE submarine manufacturing plant, in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria:

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Photo: BAE Systems.


Top photo: David Tucker/DE&S Photography via Ministry of Defence.

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lostEngineer

Attila Nagy’s first response when spotting the bow of the 7, 400 ton nuclear powered HMS Anson, the eighth of her named, which houses the 13,000 hydrophones and the advanced and classified Thales 2076 sonar was, “It is not unlike an egg”

My dear sir that is the most understated and British thing you have posted.