Our RNA branch has recently been informed by the Royal Navy that the City of Leeds and ourselves have a new Royal Navy affiliation. We are now going to be affiliated to the latest submarine to be built in Barrow in Furness by the Royal Navy and she will be called HMS Audacious.
Previously HMS Audacious was a King George V – Class battleship, the vessel did not see any combat in the First World War. It was sunk by a German naval mine off the northern coast of County Donegal in Ulster, Ireland, in October 1914.
HMS Audacious is the fourth Astute-class nuclear-powered fleet submarine of the Royal Navy. Several previous vessels of the Royal Navy have borne the name. She is due to be launched in late 2016.
Interestingly though our Royal Naval Association branch and the City of Leeds were affiliated with the Royal Navy’s previous Flagship HMS Ark Royal until she was scrapped by the Government during its defence review. The third HMS Ark Royal was an Audacious class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and, when she was decommissioned in 1979, was the Royal Navy’s last remaining conventional catapult and arrested-landing aircraft carrier.