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Jude Law apes Gibraltar submarine captain for new film Black Sea

ACTOR Jude Law has prepared for his next Hollywood role by joining the crew of an operational Royal Navy nuclear submarine on patrol.

Jude-Law-on-board-submarine-HMS-Talent-in-Gribraltar-for-filmingJude Law on board submarine HMS Talent in Gribraltar for filming

The 40-year-old actor spent several days on HMS Talent learning the life of a submariner, and he remained on board when the vessel left Gibraltar to take part in war games in the Mediterranean.

However, London-based Law, whose film credits include The Talented Mr Ripley and Sherlock Holmes, was not allowed to see the most sensitive operational areas of the hi-tech submarine.

The actor is due to star in the film Black Sea as a British submarine captain who embarks on a hunt for a stolen submarine with gold on board.

He was very down-to-earth, he went around every department and worked out with the Captain

Leading Seaman Anthony Morgan

Crewmen said he immersed himself in the job and made sure he ate with all the officers and sailors. Leading Seaman Anthony Morgan said: “He was very down-to-earth, he went around every department and worked out with the Captain.”

When Law left he was given a “dolphin” badge, which is presented to newly-qualified submariners.

Source – Express

‘HMS Talent’ pays another visit to Gibraltar


The British nuclear submarine HMS Talent is pictured above as it sailed into the bay of Gibraltar yesterday escorted by a patrol boat from the Royal Navy’s Gibraltar Squadron.

This is the submarine’s second visit to the Rock so far this year.
It called here last May, the first British submarine to stop in Gibraltar in five years.
The Trafalgar-class ‘hunter killer’ submarine arrived yesterday afternoon and it is not known how long it will stay in port.
As is routine in such cases, the Ministry of Defence disclosed no information about the submarine’s visit.
A one-line statement contained the standard line that HMS Talent was visiting Gibraltar “…as part of scheduled operational tasking.”
The visit comes against continued tension in the Bay of Gibraltar over recent incursions by Guardia Civil and Spanish navy vessels.
HMS Talent is described by the Royal navy as a technically advanced, nuclear powered ‘hunter-killer’ submarine, the penultimate in a series of seven Trafalgar Class submarines.
Launched by Princess Anne in Barrow in Furness in 1988, the submarine has conducted operations all around the world.
The principal role of the ‘hunter-killer’ is to attack ships and other submarines.
In this capacity, vessels of this type could support and protect a convoy or taskforce.
HMS Talent can also be used in a surveillance role as it is fitted with cameras and thermal imaging periscopes.
HMS Talent is also fitted with Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, which gives it a land attack role.

Source – Gibraltar Chronicle

Royal honour for HMS Talent submariners

British Forces News

Submariners serving on the Trafalgar class submarine HMS Talent welcomed their royal sponsor Princess Anne at Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth this week.

After being greeted by the Naval Base Commander Commodore Stuart Little and receiving the royal salute, she inspected the mustered sailors.

The visit was to reacquaint her with the submarine and crew in which she takes a strong interest as sponsor.

HMS Talent’s commanding officer Commander John Aitken escorted the princess during a parade and inspection of the crew. She was joined by Commodore Jake Moores (Commodore Devonport Flotilla) and Captain Justin Huges (Captain Submarines of Devonport Flotilla).

Commander John Aitken, who escorted her during the parade and inspection of crew, said: “It was a great opportunity to say thank you to the HMS Talent families for all their support over the last 18 months; their forbearance allows us to get on with whatever jobs we have to do and I hope they are as proud of their sailors as I am.”

Princess Anne also greeted Leading Seaman Hackett with the Fleet Commander’s commendation for exemplary service. He said: “It was a great pleasure to receive this commendation from Her Royal Highness.”

HMS Talent kicked off a very successful and challenging year by winning the Valiant Trophy for recognition of excellence shown during sea training.

In the spring the submarine travelled to the South Atlantic to strengthen relations with the South African Navy and has just returned from operations.

The submarine is currently alongside in Devonport for a period of maintenance before commencing any further operations in the future.


HMS Talent is a Trafalgar Class submarine, the penultimate of the class of seven.

She was built in Barrow-in-Furness and launched by HRH in 1988.

The submarine was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1990.

HMS Talent has a displacement dived of 5,291.3 tonnes and 4,815.8 tonnes once surfaced.

After a significant refit in 2006 the submarine had a major capability upgrade and was fitted with the Royal Navy’s most advanced sonar while her armament includes a Spearfish wire-guided torpedo (long range anti-ship and anti submarine) and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (precision attacks against land targets).

HMS Talent’s affiliations include Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council while her adopted charity is Shrewsbury’s Hope House Hospice (for terminally ill children).

Source – BFBS News