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US NewsJealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch

07:15  15 september  2019
07:15  15 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Made by SubSea Craft in Gosport, Hampshire, the vessel features elements contributed by Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie from his racing yacht designs. The craft's features are explained above

Dropped from a helicopter, the sleek carbon-fibre speedboat races along the water at 40 knots before turning into a submarine and diving almost 100ft.

This state-of-the-art, 39ft-long vessel – being tested by British Special Forces – is set to transform the Royal Navy’s ability to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf.

Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The craft has echoes of James Bond¿s sea-diving Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me, above. Known as the Victa, it can turn into a sub in just a couple of minutes and its Rolls-Royce waterjet surface engines give it a range of up to 250 nautical miles

Known as the Victa, it can turn into a sub in just a couple of minutes and its Rolls-Royce waterjet surface engines give it a range of up to 250 nautical miles.

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The craft, which has echoes of James Bond’s sea-diving Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me, is controlled by a two-man crew and can carry an additional six commandos. All of them wear diving gear because the cockpit floods as the vessel plunges underwater.

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Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch
Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch

The design allows the Victa to be dropped into the sea from a military aircraft or be released from the hull of a Royal Navy sub.

Made by SubSea Craft in Gosport, Hampshire, the vessel features elements contributed by Olympic sailing champion Sir Ben Ainslie from his racing yacht designs.

A Royal Navy source said: ‘For decades, we’ve been waiting for a vessel to be developed which is effective on the surface of the water and below. The enemy won’t be able to see or hear us coming. Given the threat to British ships in the Strait of Hormuz, its arrival is very timely.’

Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited James Bond's Lotus Esprit is pictured above. The vessel is controlled by a two-man crew and can carry an additional six commandos. All of them wear diving gear because the cockpit floods as the vessel plunges underwater

Brigadier Tim Chicken, a former Royal Marine commander in Afghanistan who now works for SubSea Craft said: ‘Our design is truly cutting edge. Victa opens up potentially game changing tactical and strategic choices in maritime, joint and special operations.’

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Jealous, 007? Royal Navy gets REAL 'Bond boat': Secret craft turns into a submarine at the flick of a switch

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