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UK – HMS Trenchant returns home after 11 month deployment

A NUCLEAR submarine that has been deployed for 11 months is due to  return  home tomorrow.

The captain of HMS Trenchant, Commander Irvine Lindsey, said it is believed  to be the “longest ever” nuclear submarine deployment.

The crew, seven of whom have been onboard for the entire trip, will be  reunited with their loved ones at the boat’s home port, HM Naval Base Drake late  on Wednesday afternoon.

The hunter-killer submarine left Devonport  on June 22 last year. When it  arrives home it will have been away for 335 days – 30 days short of a year.


On high alert as the United Kingdom’s frontline strike asset, the submarine  spent 267 days east of Suez, continuing the nuclear-powered submarine presence  that has been established there since 2001.

Operating under joint command, the submarine has completed several periods of  national tasking and contributed to NATO operations against terrorism and  counter narcotics.

Cdr Lindsay said: “It is believed that this 11-month period away from the UK  is the longest ever UK nuclear submarine deployment.

“The ship’s company have met every challenge head-on.  They have achieved  success on operations, maintaining the material state of the submarine in a  harsh environment  and demonstrating the unique and potent military utility of the submarine.

“Whilst I am enormously proud of the achievements of my ship’s company I do  not believe that they are a unique body of men.

“I am convinced that the resilience, dedication, professional pride and sheer  grit demonstrated by this ship’s company is indicative of the high calibre of  personnel serving across the whole of the submarine service and indeed the Royal  Navy.”

During the deployment the vessel has visited six different ports: Fujairah,  UAE; the British Indian Ocean Territory – Diego Garcia; the Kingdom of Bahrain;  Aqaba, Jordan; Souda Bay, Crete; and Gibraltar.

HMS Trenchant conducted training and multi-national exercises with seven UK  warships, a French submarine, multiple US warships and auxiliaries, a US  submarine and a range of multinational aircraft.

During the deployment the chefs onboard have cooked 103,350 meals, and  produced over 44,000 homemade rolls.

The deployment has spanned 38,800 nautical miles – the equivalent of 1¾ times  around the world – and the submarine has spent over 4700 hours underwater the  equivalent of 6½ months.

Source – This is Plymouth


UK – Submarine business fined after hand crush

A submarine maintenance company has been fined after a labourer crushed his hand while working on a submarine refit project at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.

The 19 year-old worker had to have plates inserted to repair broken bones after his right hand was drawn into the rotating bar of a drum rolling machine while working for Thales Underwater Systems on 22 April 2012.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that the labourer had been working on the exterior of a submarine prior to the incident. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Thales Underwater Systems did not conduct any risk assessments in relation to the operation of the machine.

Thales Underwater Systems, of The Bourne Business Park in Addlestone, Surrey, was fined a total of £50,000 and ordered to pay £15,236 in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

“This incident could have been prevented had the guard not be removed from the drum roller,” said HSE inspector Georgina Speake. “Thales Underwater Systems clearly failed to ensure the safety of its employees, with painful consequences for the injured worker.”

Source – InsiderMedia