By Gavin Carr

Royal Navy Submariners recently welcomed their loved-ones to their workplace when HMS Ambush held a families’ day at HM Naval Base Clyde.

The Astute class vessel – which is the second of three currently in service with the Royal Navy – opened her hatches when over 100 family members toured the submarine.

The day previous, the Submarine also hosted a family’s social event at Faslane Senior Rates Mess.  This included a bouncy castle, assault course and face painting, providing the ideal occasion for the families to meet one another.

Commander Sam Owen, Commanding Officer of HMS Ambush, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to show our families around HMS Ambush and give them an idea of what life is like on board.  As Submariners we are always ready to go on patrol and play our part in helping to protect our country.  But it is important to remember that our families are also an important part of the mission.  It is their love and support that enables us to go to sea and conduct successful operations.”

He added: “Having them on board enables us to give them an insight into what the challenges are that we face, how we live when we are not at home, and also gives us a chance to thank them for all that they do.”

There are currently three Astute class submarines in service with the Royal Navy: HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, and HMS Artful.  The other four boats – Audacious, Anson, Agamemnon, and Agincourt – are at different stages of construction at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness.

HMS Ambush was launched on January 5, 2011, and arrived at her homeport of HM Naval Base Clyde for the first time in September 2012.  All seven of the Astute class boats will eventually be based on the Clyde.

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