|HMS Spartan (S105)|
HMS Spartan in 1993
|Ordered:||7 February 1976|
|Laid down:||26 April 1976|
|Launched:||7 May 1978|
|Commissioned:||22 September 1979|
|Identification:||Pennant number: S105|
|Motto:||Courage With Great Endurance|
|Class & type:||Swiftsure-class submarine|
|Displacement:||4,900 tonnes (dived)|
|Length:||82.9 m (272 ft 0 in)|
|Beam:||9.8 m (32 ft 2 in)|
|Draught:||8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)|
|Propulsion:||Rolls-Royce pressurised water nuclear reactor (PWR1)|
|Speed:||In excess of 20 knots (37 km/h), dived|
|Complement:||116 officers and men|
5 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
RN Sub Harpoon missiles
Tomahawk cruise missiles
HMS Spartan was a nuclear-powered fleet submarine of the Royal Navy's Swiftsure class. Spartan was launched on April 7, 1978 by Lady Lygo, wife of Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo. The boat was built by Vickers Limited Shipbuilding Group (now a division of BAE Systems) at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, England. She was decommissioned in January 2006.
Spartan was ordered to sail south for the Falkland Islands two days before the Argentine invasion of the islands on 30 March 1982. Spartan was the first ship to arrive in the islands and began to enforce a 200-mile (370-km) maritime exclusion zone imposed by the British. Shortly after, Spartan sighted Argentine merchant shipping mining the harbour at Stanley, but was not ordered to attack. This was partly due to British concerns about escalating the war too early, but also to avoid scaring off more lucrative targets such as the Argentine aircraft carrier Veinticinco de Mayo. Unlike HMS Conqueror, Spartan did not fire in anger during the Falklands War, she did however provide valuable reconnaissance to the British Task Force on Argentine aircraft movements.
In November 2010, it was reported in Hansard that Spartan had ran aground off the west coast of Scotland in October 1989.
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