The fifth HMS Sceptre is a Swiftsure-class submarine built by Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness. She was launched in 1976, with a bottle of cider against
her hull. She was commissioned on 14 February 1978, by Lady Audrey White. She was
the tenth nuclear fleet submarine to enter service with the Royal
Navy. She was decommissioned on 10 December 2010,
at which time she was the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Navy still
available for service. In theory she is replaced by the first Astute-class submarine in service, HMS Astute.