The British Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class, nuclear-powered submarine HMS Talent is set to begin intensive sea training following major upgrade works.
The submarine recently completed an extensive multi-million pound maintenance period at HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth.
It is currently due to set sail from its base to carry out the training initiative with staff from the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation.
HMS Talent commanding officer commander Jamie Mitchell 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.”
HMS Talent is expected to demonstrate its abilities in adverse and challenging realistic scenarios during the operational sea training programme in order to prepare itself for any eventualities, including combat missions.
The Trafalgar-class vessel and its crew members will be declared fit for deployment to support missions worldwide if the training exercise is completed successfully.
The scope of HMS Talent’s maintenance period, which was conducted by Babcock International, included a number of capability upgrades that will allow the vessel to operate for a further ten years.
Babcock Submarine Support director Gavin Leckie said: “The maintenance period has been a complex project that has relied on a strong partnering ethos between Babcock, the Submarine Delivery Agency and ship’s staff, and we’re delighted to see the vessel getting ready for service following its successful engineering maintenance programme.”
The submarine’s command team initially attained a ‘Safe for Sea’ assessment during the upgrade after training on-shore using the ‘Talisman’ Submarine Command Team simulator at Devonport.
The vessel’s ability to launch Tomahawk land-attack missiles and Spearfish torpedoes against surface and sub-surface targets was also evaluated as part of the development.
HMS Talent was originally launched in 1988 and is mainly deployed by the navy to attack ships and other submarines.
The Trafalgar-class submarines are 280ft-long vessels that feature a submerged displacement of 5,300t and top speed of up to 32k.
They were developed as a successor to the Royal Navy’s previous Swiftsure-class vessels.