Baton to accompany HMS Astute on sea trials

PUBLISHED: 10:22 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:15 16 June 2010

THE Honiton-based Baton, which serves as a symbol of the nation s pride in the armed forces, is to accompany the royal Navy s newest and most advanced submarine on sea trials.

THE Honiton-based Baton, which serves as a symbol of the nation's pride in the armed forces, is to accompany the royal Navy's newest and most advanced submarine on sea trials.

Alan Rowe MBE is to travel to Scotland to hand over the Baton to the crew of HMS Astute next month.

The vessel incorporates the latest stealth technology, combined with a world beating sonar system and is equiped with Spearfish torpedoes and tomahawk land attack missiles.

When she become operational, she will be capable of circumnavigating the globe without surfacing and, with the advance of nuclear technology, she will never need refuelling.

Rear Admiral Simon Lister said: "Astute will be a quantum leap from the Trafalgar class and all involved can be justifyably proud.

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