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HMS Artful, the third of the British Royal Navy's new Astute Class attack submarines on arrival at her Scottish base port of HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Scotland, 19 August 2015 from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year. The 7,400-tonne Artful left BAE Systems construction yard at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria several days ago before sailing to her new home at Her Majesty s Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde. She will provide the Royal Navy with the most technologically advanced submarine Britain has ever sent to sea. HMNB Clyde will become a home for the Royal Navy s submarines and associated support by 2020, creating a submarine centre of specialisation. The base is amongst the largest single-site employers in Scotland, with 6,700 military and civilian personnel, increasing under current UK Government plans to 8,200 by 2022.

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HMS Artful, the third of the British Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines on arrival at her Scottish base port of HMNB Clyde, Faslane, Scotland, on Wednesday from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year

Anti-nuclear activists block one of the entrances to Faslane naval base on the Clyde in Faslane, Scotland. The Scrap Trident campaign is urging voters to back only those candidates who firmly reject the plan to replace the current Trident system

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Anti-nuclear activists block one of the entrances to Faslane naval base on the Clyde in Faslane, Scotland. The Scrap Trident campaign is urging voters to back only those candidates who firmly reject the plan to replace the current Trident system

 Anti Trident demonstrators block the one of the entrances to Faslane naval base on April 15, 2013 in Faslane, Scotland. Activists from across the country, calling for the Trident missile program to be scrapped, converged on the home of Trident to blockade the gates which caused traffic disruption into the naval base.

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Anti-Trident demonstrators block one of the entrances to Faslane naval base on April 15 2013 in Faslane, Scotland. Activists from across the country, calling for the Trident missile programme to be scrapped, converged on the home of Trident to blockade the gates, causing traffic disruption into the naval base.