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Huge submarine unit stops traffic in Barrow

A huge section of the seventh and final Astute submarine is carefully guided through the streets of Barrow; its impressive size and scale standing tall against nearby buildings.

The final piece of what will form HMS Agincourt was taken to BAE Systems’ Devonshire Dock Hall assembly facility to continue its construction.

Agincourt is one of seven 7,400 tonne, 97 metre-long attack submarines being designed and built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy. It is due to leave BAE Systems’ submarine site in Barrow in the mid-2020s.

The first three submarines in the class – HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful – are already in service with the Royal Navy, while the fourth, fifth and sixth are in various stages of construction.