British Navy unveils new attack submarine

September 14th, 2012 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 14 (IANS) The British Navy has launched its latest weapon, a new attack submarine called HMS Ambush that can hit targets around 2,000 km away, The Sun reported.

The nuclear-powered vessel is the second in a series of seven submarines worth one billion pounds. It will carry Tomahawk missiles and Spearfish torpedoes.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne called it “an astonishing engineering feat”.

The vessel, built by defence firm BAE, carries twice the firepower of the class of submarines it has replaced.

The Sun said its sonar can hear a ship leaving port in New York, while at the English Channel.

Its captain Peter Green said it was a “huge privilege” to take control of the vessel.

The vessel took 20 million man-hours to design and build. It will have a 98-man crew.

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