HMS Audacious, the fourth of the Royal Navy’s Astute-class submarines, has arrived at her new home at HM Naval Base Clyde.

The new submarine and her 98-strong crew arrived at the Naval Base in Argyll and Bute yesterday, flying the White Ensign after sailing from BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness.

Welcoming the vessel to her new home were members of the Submarine Flotilla – SUBFLOT – based at Clyde.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome HMS Audacious to the Clyde, joining her three sister submarines,” said Commodore Jim Perks OBE, Head of the Submarine Service.

“HMS Audacious represents an ever-improving example of the world-leading Astute class submarine.

“She is right at the cutting-edge of technology, built here in the UK by our own people.

“She will provide the country with remarkable security at sea to protect our nation’s interests.”

HMS Audacious will join sister-submarines HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful which are already in-service and operating from Faslane.

A further three boats are currently under construction.