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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

A Royal Navy helicopter producing a spectacular display with its decoy flares. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 13, 2015. The Lynx helicopter from 815 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, fired its flares as part of an exercise in the Indian Ocean as part of a nine-month deployment to the Gulf with HMS Richmond silhouetted in the background

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A Royal Navy helicopter producing a spectacular display with its decoy flares. The Lynx helicopter from 815 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, fired its flares as part of an exercise in the Indian Ocean as part of a nine-month deployment to the Gulf with HMS Richmond silhouetted in the background

HMS Illustrious Company members prepare to lower the ships White Ensign for the last time during her decommissioning ceremony on August 28, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. The HMS Illustrious was the last of the Royal Navy's Invincible class aircraft carriers, and is to be replaced by HMS Ocean after serving for 32 years. The ship is to be sold with the condition that the buyer must keep HMS Illustrious in the UK.

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HMS Illustrious Company members prepare to lower the ships White Ensign for the last time during her decommissioning ceremony on Thursday in Portsmouth, England. The HMS Illustrious was the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible class aircraft carriers, and is to be replaced by HMS Ocean after serving for 32 years

HMS Edinburgh sails to Edinburgh

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Royal Navy aircraft engineers extend the rotor blades on a Lynx helicopter as it prepares for a morning flight onboard HMS Edinburgh during the ship’s farewell tour of the UK heading for Leith. The Royal Navy’s last Type 42 Destroyer will make her very last visit to Edinburgh before she is decommissioned