British nuclear submarine refloated after running aground

22nd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's newest nuclear submarine was towed out to sea after spending Friday stuck on a shingle bank after running aground off a Scottish island.

HMS Astute -- billed as the kingdom's most powerful hunter-killer submarine -- was towed free from rocks off the Isle of Skye at high tide.

The submarine was being towed out to spend the night in deeper waters. It will be examined for damage on Saturday.

"It is a continuous process of assessment of the situation," a Royal Navy spokesman said.

The submarine will return to its Faslane base in western Scotland.

"Astute is the largest, most advanced and most formidable vessel of its kind ever operated by the Royal Navy," the force says on its website.

"She incorporates the latest stealth technology combined with a world-beating sonar system and equipped with Spearfish torpedoes and state of the art Tomahawk land attack missiles to make her a supremely effective naval asset.

"Astute is designed to fulfil a range of key strategic and tactical roles including anti-ship and anti-submarine operations, surveillance and intelligence gathering and support for land forces."

© 2010 AFP

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