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Vanguard Class

Built as the replacement for the Resolution (Polaris) Class. The Vanguard Class of Ballistic Missile Submarines  were announced by the Ministry of defense in 1980. The Class was to consist of 4 submarines HMS Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance. and were to be armed with the American Trident UGM-93A Ballistic Missile.  the Missile system was  changed to the D5 Trident II.  `(The Trident II D5 Missile is the only ballistic Missile used by the Riyal navy. it is built by Lockheed Martin in the US. The Vanguard submarines can carry up to 16 missiles which is are capable of carrying 6 warheads. (British built Thermonuclear) But at present the British Government policy is to carry only 4 warheads instead of 6)The British Submarines share  Missiles with the US  Navy  which reduces costs. and the missiles are kept at Kings bay Georgia, where they are loaded onto the Submarines.

Displacement: 15,000 Tons (when diving)   Speed  25+ knots,  Armament: 16 Trident 2 D5 Missiles,   4 Torpedo Tubes.  Crew  132

 

Vanguard (S28) 4th March 1992 In service 2004
Victorious (S29) 29th September 1993 In service 2004
Vigilant (S30) 1998 In service 2004
Vengeance (S31) 1999 In service 2004

HMS Vanguard

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard returning to Faslane Naval Base, 5th February 2005.

HMS Vanguard arriving at Faslane for the first time.

HMS Vanguard arriving at Faslane for the first time.

HMS Vigiliant

Crew members on HMS Vigilant on return to Faslane, 14th June 2006.

HMS Vigilant, returning to Faslane, 14th June 2006.

HMS Vigilant, returning to Faslane, 14th June 2006.

HMS Vengeance

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005. (with tugs A345 Impetus and A344 Impulse)

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance returning to Faslane Naval Base, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance leaving Faslane for Coulport, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance leaving Faslane for Coulport, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance leaving Faslane for Coulport, January 2005.

HMS Vengeance leaving Faslane for Coulport, January 2005.