HMS Triumph has sailed from Devonport to begin another demanding patrol for the Silent Service.
The hunter-killer nuclear submarine will be away from home for more than seven months as she ranges through the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Arabian Seas and the Indian Ocean.
HMS Triumph departs Faslane on exercises in the autumn of 2010. Pictures: LA(Phot) Ben Sutton, FRPU North
UNDER cover of darkness hunter-killer submarine HMS Triumph has slipped out of her home port once again – this time on a deployment of more than seven months.
The nuclear submarine, which fired the very first shots of Operation Ellamy – the British codename for our involvement in the NATO mission in Libya – will conduct operations in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Arabian Seas and the Indian Ocean.
When she returns home to Devonport next year she’ll have been away for 13 of the previous 17 months – typical of the demands placed on the Trafalgar-class community presently: HMS Tireless completed a ten-month deployment in the spring while HMS Turbulent is away on a similarly protracted patrol.
In Triumph’s case, she carried out two stints on Operation Ellamy, conducting numerous Tomahawk missile strikes at targets in Libya, and spent months providing covert intelligence for NATO.
More recently she tested her operational readiness with the rigours of the Submarine Command Course – known throughout the Silent Service as ‘Perisher’ – assessing the abilities of prospective submarine commanders.
After a brief period alongside for re-supply, Triumph departed Devonport by night.
"I am very proud of the achievements of my ship's company over the past year but the relentless demands placed on our submarine force are continuing with this latest deployment for which we are very well equipped, maintained and trained,” said her Commanding Officer Cdr Rob Dunn.
While the deployment will be taxing on the crew, careful rotation throughout the deployment will allow many of them to take leave and professional courses while occasional port visits will allow material repairs, replenishment of vital stores and some relaxation for the remainder.