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Royal Navy’s Final Astute Submarine ‘Agincourt’ Affiliates with City of Torbay

15 August 2018

The Royal Navy has announced that its seventh and final Astute-class submarine HMS Agincourt will be affiliated with the city of Torbay whose residents farewelled the namesake Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Torbay as it bowed out of service a year ago. HMS Agincourt will be affiliated with the Devon borough throughout her 30-year life, replacing HMS Torbay which retired after 32 years of service. Since the T-boat’s demise, civic and political leaders on the English Riviera have lobbied firstly for a replacement for the veteran fleet submarine and secondly for that boat to be bound with Torbay. Torbay has been associated with the RN since the late 17th Century and, since 1940, with the Silent Service as two submarines have been named HMS Torbay. Whitehall committed £1.5bn to Agincourt earlier this year, with work now underway on the boat at BAE’s yard in Barrow. She is expected to enter service from her base at Faslane around 2024. Source: