HMS Vengeance, one of the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), has now completed a £350m refit and Long Overhaul Period and Refuel (LOP(R)) programme. The programme has taken three years to complete with the work being undertaken by Babcock International at Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth.
HMS Vengeance will soon undergo sea trials before returning to operational duties with the Royal Navy as part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. HMS Vengeance and her three Vanguard-class sister submarines each armed with Trident Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) will continue to carry out the mission until the early 2020s when the first replacement vessels will come online.
HMS Vanguard is currently scheduled to undergo a similar programme that will involve replacing the nuclear reactor core, an overhaul of submarine and missile launch systems, the addition of new submarine sonar equipment, upgrades to computer and communication systems, and replacement of equipment and machinery.