The Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered fleet submarine, HMS Talent (S92) is beginning intensive training to re-join the frontline operational fleet after a major refit.
The submarine has completed an extensive multi-million pound maintenance period in HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth. The successful end of the engineering project was marked by her crew celebrating with the formal ceremony of Ship’s Company Divisions.
The tradition of divisions, steeped in history, was overseen by Commodore J Le S Perks, Commodore of the Submarine Flotilla. Submariners were joined by 100 family and friends at the event, followed by a BBQ and games at HMS Drake.
HMS Talent is due to sail from Plymouth for operational sea training with staff of the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation. After weeks of tough realistic scenarios preparing her for any eventualities, including combat, HMS Talent and her crew will be declared fit for duties worldwide.
Commander Jamie Mitchell, HMS Talent commanding officer, said, “This maintenance project has presented many challenges, most notably to our technical departments who have been working incredibly hard to get the submarine ready for operations.”
The maintenance period, undertaken by Babcock, includes capability upgrades enabling the submarine to operate into the next decade and remain one of the world’s most potent military assets.
The submarine’s command team initially achieved a ‘Safe for Sea’ assessment after training on shore in the ‘Talisman’ Submarine Command Team simulator at Devonport. This realistic environment ensures the crew are safe to operate in busy shipping areas amongst merchant vessels and other and military vessels.
The crew’s ability to launch Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles and discharge Spearfish torpedoes against surface and sub-surface targets was also assessed.
HMS Talent (S92)
HMS Talent is the sixth of seven Trafalgar-class nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy, and was built at Barrow-in-Furness.
Talent is the third submarine of the Royal Navy to bear the name. The first was the World War II Talent, a T-class submarine transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy as RNLMS Zwaardvisch in 1943.
Talent was launched by The Princess Royal in April 1988 and commissioned in May 1990. She was the last nuclear submarine to be launched down a slipway at Barrow-in-Furness.
Talent is due to move to Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde by 2020. The vessel is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2021 and will be replaced by one of the new Astute-class attack submarines.