The image above looks like it could be ripped from a space action science-fiction thriller, the classic shot of hulking and futuristic starships under construction in orbit, but its origin is far more down to earth than that. It was taken at BAE Systems’ Devonshire Dock Hall located in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. The massive enclosure is the largest of its kind in Europe and it is where modern Royal Navy submarines are born.
Since 2001, the facility has supported the Astute class nuclear fast attack submarine program. Many would argue that the Astutes are the most advanced fast attack submarines ever constructed and their striking and futuristic physical appearance can look more spaceship than submarine.
The banner image shows three of the planned seven Astute class submarines under construction in Devonshire Dock Hall. Here are some other images of their construction in the cavernous facility:
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