Dreadnought Class (1963) SSN

The name Dreadnought has become used to signify that the ships which bears this name are of some significance or of a revolutionary design.

This HMS Dreadnought was built as a class of one, the Royal Navy's first nuclear powered submarine, and the tenth ship to bear the name.

She followed the US Navy's Skipjack design for the rear part of her hull to speed her introduction, as she used the US Westinghouse design of pressurised water reactor to power her. Rolls Royce assisted with the installation and the first all British designed reactor was used in the following Valiant Class (1966) SSN

Dreadnought developed reactor problems in late 1980 and was decommissioned in 1982.


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