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HMS Vanguard April 1994.jpg
HMS Victorious looks similar to its sister ship, HMS Vanguard, seen here.
Career (UK)
Launched: September 1993
Commissioned: January 1995
Homeport: HMNB Clyde
Status: Recommissioning
General characteristics
Displacement: Dived: 15,680 long tons (17,560 short tons)
Length: 149.9 m (491 ft 10 in)
Beam: 12.8 m (42 ft 0 in)
Draught: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 1 × Rolls-Royce PWR2 nuclear reactor
2 × GEC turbines
1 × shaft pump jet
 27,500 hp (20.5 MW)
2 × auxiliary retractable propulsion motors
2 × W H Allen turbo generators
 6 MW
2 × Paxman diesel alternators
 2 × 2,700 hp (4 MW)
Speed: Dived: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 20 years
Complement: 14 officers
121 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
BAE Systems SMCS
Thales Underwater Systems Type 2054 composite sonar suite comprising:
 Type 2046 towed array sonar
 Type 2043 hull-mounted active and passive search sonar
 Type 2082 passive intercept and ranging sonar
1 × Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 I band navigation radar
1 × Pilkington Optronics CK51 search periscope
1 × Pilkington Optronics CH91 attack periscope
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Thales UPM intercept ESM
2 × Mk10 launchers for launching Type 2066 and Type 2071 decoys
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
16 × ballistic missile tubes
Spearfish torpedoes
16 × Lockheed Trident D5 SLBMs carrying up to 128 warheads

HMS Victorious (S29) is the second Vanguard class submarine of the Royal Navy. Victorious carries the Trident ballistic missile, the UK's nuclear deterrent.

Victorious was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd (now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions), was launched in September 1993, and commissioned in January 1995.

Victorious was involved in a minor collision with a United States Coast Guard ship in July 2001. The Coast Guard ship became tangled in the fibre optic cables of the submarine's sonar system which disabled its turbines. Victorious was not damaged in the incident.

She became the second of the class to refit. In 2008, she is undergoing sea trials pending resuming patrols in 2009.

General characteristics

  • Displacement: 16,000 tons submerged
  • Propulsion: Rolls-Royce PWR2 reactor, two GEC turbines, single shaft, pump jet propulsor
  • Electrical Power: two Paxman diesel generators, two WH Allen turbogenerators
  • Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h) submerged
  • Complement: 21 officers, 146 men
  • Strategic Armament: 16 Lockheed Trident II D5 ballistic missiles
  • Defensive Armament: four 533 mm (21-inch) torpedo tubes, Spearfish torpedoes

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