HMS Vigilant

The 1st Royal Tank Regiment formed a Bond of Friendship with HMS Vigilant in May 2001. The Bond was authorised by MOD PS 12 (A) in their D/DPS(A) 104/4/1PS12 (A) of 8 May 2001.

Both the 1st Royal Tank Regiment and HMS Vigilant have strong Scottish links, 1 RTR recruits in Scotland and HMS Vigilant is based at Faslane.

An exchange of soldiers and sailors takes place on a regular basis when HMS Vigilant is in her home port.

Career (UK)Royal Navy Ensign
Launched:October 1995
Commissioned:November 1996
Homeport:HMNB Clyde
Fate:in refit
General characteristics
Displacement:Dived: 15,680 tons
Length:149.9 m
Beam:12.8 m
Draught:12 m
Propulsion:1 × Rolls-Royce PWR2 nuclear reactor
2 × GEC turbines
1 × shaft pump jet
 27,500 hp (20.5 MW)
2 × auxiliary retractable propulsion motors
2 × W H Allen turbo generators
 6 MW
2 × Paxman diesel alternators
 2 × 2,700 hp (20.5 MW)
Speed:Dived: 25 knots (46 km/h)
Range:Essentially unlimited
Complement:14 officers
121 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
BAE Systems SMCS
Thales Underwater Systems Type 2054 composite sonar suite comprising:
 Type 2046 towed array sonar
 Type 2043 hull-mounted active and passive search sonar
 Type 2082 passive intercept and ranging sonar
1 × Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 I band navigation radar
1 × Pilkington Optronics CK51 search periscope
1 × Pilkington Optronics CH91 attack periscope
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Thales UPM intercept ESM
2 × Mk10 launchers for launching Type 2066 and Type 2071 decoys
Armament:4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
16 × ballistic missile tubes
Spearfish torpedoes
16 × Lockheed Trident D5 SLBMs carrying up to 128 warheads