Floating Jetty Valiant for Astute Submarines of Royal Navy

by OldSailor on May 25, 2009

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Floating Jetty Valiant of the Royal Navy arrived at HM Naval Base Clyde on May 19.

Some interesting features of floating jetty Valiant are: Astute_launch

  • A sophisticated berthing facility for the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear-powered Astute Class submarines, the largest and most powerful attack submarines of the Royal Navy.
  • Can also accommodate any of the Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered, conventionally-armed submarines.
  • The jetty can float up and down with the tide to provide significant operational benefits.
  • Took five years to plan, five years to build, and is designed to be in service for the next 50 years.
  • Built and floated from Inchgreen dry dock in Greenock.
  • The floating jetty was towed 12 miles to Faslane by five tugs and took around six hours to complete the journey.
  • The floating jetty is 200 metres long, 28 metres wide, over 10 metres deep and 44,000 tonnes.
  • The floating jetty’s length is comparable to the Royal Navy’s current aircraft carriers and is more than twice the tonnage.
  • Cost: £150 million

Here is a photograph of floating jetty Valiant under tow.

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All the above photographs are from the Royal Navy.

View more photographs and read more from the Royal Navy.

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