Programme

The challenge of a generation

The Dreadnought programme is about the design, development and manufacture of four ballistic missile submarines that will maintain the UK’s nuclear posture of Continuous at Sea Deterrent.

The dreadnought programme

Dreadnought

The Dreadnought programme is a true national undertaking and of huge prestige for all involved.

Progress

Our first Dreadnought submarine will be ready for patrol in the 2030s, followed by 3 more in its class.

History

The United Kingdom has been protected 24 hours a day by CASD, since April 1969.

The Dreadnought Class – Key facts

Each submarine will be 153.6 metres long – the approximate length of three Olympic swimming pools.

Innovative new lighting will allow the crew to simulate night and day – another first for a Royal Navy submarine.

130 crew, including 3 chefs and one doctor

The doctor on board each of the submarines will work from a designated sick bay. Here they’ll conduct routine check-ups, dispense medicines and could care for a major casualty if needed.

Each submarine will have modern gym facilities for the crew, including exercise bikes, rowers, weights, benches a running machine and cross trainer.

This is the first Royal Navy submarine to be built with separate female crew quarters, toilets and washing facilities.

The Challenge of a Generation to Protect the nation.

CASD represents a significant national undertaking, drawing on cutting edge capabilities, innovation and collaboration of the best design and engineering skills available in the UK.

At present the number of people working directly on the programme is approximately 3,000. More than half of these are designers and engineers.

Dreadnought will also provide employment opportunities and development prospects for a substantial number of apprentices, trainees and graduates in a wide range of technical and other disciplines for many years to come.

The programme as a whole is expected to support up to 6,000 jobs across the three Alliance companies and many more companies within the Global Supply Chain.

History

The United Kingdom has been protected 24 hours a day by CASD, since April 1969.

Careers

The Dreadnought Alliance offers numerous opportunities to join an incredible programme of national importance and pride. The Alliance allows you to develop your career aspirations in an exciting, challenging and unique environment like no other.

“The Dreadnought programme is a true national undertaking and of huge prestige for all involved. We are leading the way on this exciting challenge which will define a generation of engineers, project managers and procurement experts.”
Julie Morris OBE, Dreadnought Alliance Managing Director