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CAMILLA, DUCHESS OF CORNWALL.HMS ASTUTE COMMISSONING - Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker BowlesThe Duchess of Cornwall speaking to a member of the Royal Marine Band Service. The UK's most powerful attack submarine, HMS Astute, has been welcomed into the Royal Navy today.In a Commissioning ceremony overseen by the boat's patron the Duchess of Cornwall, Astute officially became 'Her Majesty's Ship'.HMS Astute is quieter than any of her predecessors, meaning she has the ability to operate covertly and remain undetected in almost all circumstances despite being fifty per cent bigger than any attack submarine in the Royal Navy's current fleet.The latest nuclear powered technology means she will never need to be refuelled and can circumnavigate the world submerged, creating the crew's oxygen from seawater as she sails. The submarine has the capacity to carry a mix of Spearfish heavyweight torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise missiles - and can target enemy submarines, surface ships and land targets with pinpoint accuracy, while her world-beating sonar system is capable of detecting ships and submarines at many hundreds of miles_Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute 27/08/2010..Photo Credit: ©S Hill_Newspix International..**ALL FEES PAYABLE TO: "NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL"**..PHOTO CREDIT MANDATORY!!: NEWSPIX INTERNATIONAL..IMMEDIATE CONFIRMATION OF USAGE REQUIRED:.Newspix International, 31 Chinnery Hill, Bishop's Stortford, ENGLAND CM23 3PS.Tel:+441279 324672  ; Fax: +441279656877.Mobile:  0777568 1153.e-mail: info@newspixinternational.co.uk.
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