HMS Audacious in Crete, Mediterranean during her first operational deployment DATE UNKNOWN CREDIT Royal Navy
HMS Audacious was in Crete as part of her first operational deployment (Picture: Royal Navy).
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Navy's most advanced submarine completes NATO operation in Mediterranean

HMS Audacious trained alongside NATO allies on her maiden operational deployment.

HMS Audacious in Crete, Mediterranean during her first operational deployment DATE UNKNOWN CREDIT Royal Navy
HMS Audacious was in Crete as part of her first operational deployment (Picture: Royal Navy).

The Royal Navy's newest and most capable attack submarine has completed her maiden operational deployment.

HMS Audacious, the fourth of seven £1.3bn Astute-class submarines, worked in the Mediterranean with NATO allies.

As part of the deployment, she underwent training that saw her work alongside Greek, Turkish and US allies and test her ability to evade, track and engage enemies underwater and on the surface.

"These exercises helped HMS Audacious to demonstrate her prowess as the newest, most capable SSN that the UK has to offer while also strengthening NATO capability and interoperability and demonstrating our resolve towards NATO Missions," Commanding Officer, Commander Jim Howard, said.

The training was followed by a period of NATO operations aimed at securing security in the region, something the Navy regularly carries out alongside allies and partners.

The £1.3bn Astute-class submarines are the largest, most advanced and most powerful attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy.

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HMS Audacious was commissioned in September 2021 and after spending months in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, she joined her sister ships HMS Astute, Ambush and Artful, on the frontline in January.

Astute-class submarines can circumnavigate the globe while submerged and are fitted with Tomahawk missiles and Spearfish heavyweight torpedo.