New nuclear submarine given famous naval name

New nuclear submarine given famous naval name

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:40 pm

The first of four new UK submarines to carry Trident nuclear missiles will be named Dreadnought, a decision inspired by famous ships from the past.

The Ministry of Defence revealed the name, to coincide with Trafalgar Day, for the first vessel of the £31bn project to replace existing submarines.

The MoD said nine Navy vessels had previously been named Dreadnought.

Perhaps the most famous was HMS Dreadnought, commissioned in 1906, which transformed naval warfare.

The name became used at the time to describe a new era of warship design.

Other Dreadnoughts included one that sailed with Sir Francis Drake to battle the Spanish Armada in 1588, and another that was present with Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

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