List of submarines of the Royal Navy

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This is a list of Royal Navy submarines, arranged chronologically. Submarines that are currently active and commissioned are shown below in bold.

Petro-electric submarines

HMS Holland 1, the first submarine to serve in the Royal Navy
A-class submarines, the first British-designed class

Pre-Second World War

HMS G9 at Scapa Flow in 1917
HMS M2 with her sea plane
HMS Thorn

Second World War to mid-1950s

HMS Alliance at Gosport (where she is now part of the submarine museum) in 1987
HMS Voracious in 1945

Late 1950s to late 1980s

From HMS Porpoise Royal Navy submarines were given their own "S" pennant numbers.

A Valiant-class nuclear submarine. Whilst HMS Dreadnought had an American reactor, these were fully British-built
HMS Tireless at the North Pole

1990s to present

HMS Astute being launched
  • Vanguard class (PWR2 nuclear-powered ballistic missile)
  • Astute class (PWR2 nuclear-powered hunter-killer)
    • Astute, commissioned: 2010
    • Ambush, commissioned: 2013
    • Artful, commissioned: 2016
    • Audacious, commissioned: 2020
    • Anson, construction began: 2011/Expected commission: 2022
    • Agamemnon, construction began: 2013/Expected commission: 2024
    • Agincourt, confirmed, steel cut/Expected commission: 2026
  • Dreadnought class (PWR3 nuclear-powered ballistic missile)[1]
    • Dreadnought, under construction - first elements of construction underway in 2016[2]
    • Valiant, under construction
    • Warspite, ordered
    • King George VI, ordered

See also


  1. "New Successor Submarines Named" (Press release). 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. "New nuclear submarine given famous naval name". BBC News. Retrieved 21 October 2016.