Monday, 25 October 2010


The Royal Navy's newest submarine was seen being manoeuvred alongside at the Clyde Naval Base at Faslane, with two of Serco's tugs in attendance with a third standing off. HMS ASTUTE had just arrived back after an embarrassing incident, when she became stranded on a shingle beach just to the west of the Skye Bridge during what ought to have been a routine personnel transfer. Refloated after twelve hours aground, the submarine was thoroughly examined before being declared fit to return to the Clyde under her own power, although several escorting tugs were also present.