HMS Victorious (S29)

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Trident Nuclear Submarine HMS Victorious.jpg
Victorious near Faslane, Scotland in April 2013.
United Kingdom
NameHMS Victorious
Laid down3 December 1987
Launched29 September 1993
Commissioned7 January 1995
HomeportHMNB Clyde
StatusIn active service
General characteristics
Class and type Vanguard-class submarine
Displacement15,900 tonnes, submerged
Length149.9 m (491 ft 10 in)
Beam12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
Draught12 m (39 ft 4 in)
SpeedIn excess of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph), submerged
RangeOnly limited by food and maintenance requirements.
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, later BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, was launched in September 1993, and commissioned in January 1995.[2]

Operational history

In November 2000, while travelling on the surface, Victorious grounded on Skelmorlie Bank in the upper Firth of Clyde in Scotland.[3]

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.[4] In 2008, she underwent sea trials before resuming patrols in 2009.[5]

In 2013, Victorious completed the UK's 100th deterrent patrol by a Vanguard class submarine.[6]


See also


  1. "Vanguard class submarine". Royal Navy.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jane's Fighting Ships, 2004–2005. Jane's Information Group Limited. p. 794. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1.
  3. Peter LuffMinister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology (2 November 2010). "Nuclear Submarines: Accidents". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. col. 693W–694W.
  4. "HMS Victorious". Royal Navy. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  5. "HMS Victorious leaves Plymouth after three-year refit". 10 July 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. "Victorious summer ends with divisions for submarine's crew". Royal Navy. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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