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Royal Navy – Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine S 29 HMS Victorious

Type, class: Vanguard class Ballistic Missile Submarine – SSBN
Builder: Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, U.K.

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In November 2000, while travelling on the surface, HMS Victorious grounded on Skelmorlie Bank in the upper Firth of Clyde in Scotland.

HMS 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, during which time she was fitted with a ‘Core H’ reactor core ensuring that the boat will not need to refuel again until the end of its service life. In 2008, she underwent sea trials before resuming patrols in 2009.

In 2013, HMS Victorious completed the UK’s 100th deterrent patrol by a Vanguard class submarine.

In 2022, HMS Victorious was forced to surface in the North Atlantic after a fire broke out in an electrical module. A Royal Navy spokesperson said the submarine was not actively deployed on a continuous at-sea deterrent (CASD) patrol, but was instead en route to the United States for a series of exercises. Victorious subsequently returned to her homebase in Faslane, Scotland.

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