Submarine skills for the future: £25m submarine academy opens in Barrow-in-Furness

December 6, 2018 – The Academy for Skills and Knowledge, at BAE Systems’ Submarines site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was officially opened today by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson. The state of the-art £25m training academy covers 89,340 sq. ft. and was built to develop the world-class engineering skills required to design, build and deliver complex submarine programs to the Royal Navy. Featuring classrooms, workshops, a virtual reality suite and scale-model sized submarine units, the academy will provide bespoke training to almost 9,000 employees including nearly 800 apprentices.…

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Fourth Astute class submarine completes first dive

The fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, which is being built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has achieved a significant milestone by completing her first ever dive. The trim and basin dive took place over two days in Devonshire Dock, at the Company’s site in Barrow-in-Furness last week. The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully under water for the first time, tested many of her on-board systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-tonne, 97 metre-long attack submarine. Employees from BAE Systems worked alongside Audacious’ crew, including…

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