Vanguard Class SSBN


No. In Class: 4

Names: Vanguard, Vigilant, Vengeance, Victorious

Dates commissioned: 1993 -1999

Builders: Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering

Based in: HMNB Faslane & HMNB Devonport

Principal weapon systems: 16 Ballistic Missiles (Lockheed Trident II D5 SLBMs (carrying up to 8 warheads each), 4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes with stowage, Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes 2 × SSE Mk8 launchers for Type 2066 and Type 2071 torpedo decoys, RESM Racal UAP passive intercept, SAWCS decoys

Additional Info: Currently undergoing a LIFEX programme before replacement through the Successor programme