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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


US operating five submarines in Persian Gulf

File photo shows USS Springfield.

File photo shows USS Springfield.
The number of US submarines deployed to the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman has reached five with the dispatch of the USS Springfield (SSN-761) to the region.

The USS Columbia (SSN-771) is operating west of the Strait of Hormuz, which is a key oil transit route. The US has also stationed eight minesweeping ships in international waters of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

The United Kingdom has also deployed HMS Trenchant, a Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarine, to the Sea of Oman.
Financial woes in the United States have forced Washington to reduce its military presence in the Persian Gulf.
The news comes after the US administration was forced to sign into effect the spending cuts known as the sequester last Friday, which will take USD85 billion from the US federal budget in 2013.
About half of the cuts, or USD46 billion, will affect the US military sector, the most sensitive of which will be altering plans for the deployment of Pentagon’s naval assets.
While the Pentagon had been previously considering plans to assign two of its 10 aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf, the giant budgetary cuts have now forced the Department of Defense to deploy only one of those aircraft carriers to the region.
Source – Press TV

Royal Navy Lieutenant escapes submarine for the day

 A ROYAL Navy Lieutenant from March took part in a special rendez-vous in the warm waters of the Middle East.

Lt Shropshall (back row second from right) and colleagues from HMS Trenchant enjoy the sunshine on Monmouths Forcastle.

Lieutenant Ian Shropshall was among the crew of a submarine which met up with a frigade from the same Welsh town.

The two Llanelli-affiliated Royal Naval units made time within their busy programmes to spend a few hours training together on their respective vessels.

Lt Shropshall, Operations Officer onboard HMS Trenchant, spent time on the Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth.

He relished the opportunity to swap roles for a few hours and experience life above the water.

He said: “Monmouth’s Ship’s Company were excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome.

“It is always good to see how another part of the Royal Navy does its business. “It makes quite a change in the middle of our deployment to have so much space, fresh air and sunshine!”

Leading Engineering Technician Steve Pinder from HMS Monmouth, who has hopes of joining the Submarine Service, enjoyed the change of scenery.

He said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to experience life underwater first-hand.

“The crew of Trenchant was very hospitable and I look forward to joining their branch in the future.

“I was particularly interested in the differences in weapons systems.”

Source – Cambs Times