The British nuclear submarine HMS Trenchant is an old head. Launched in 1986, the trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarine is due to be decommissioned in 2019. HMS Trenchant has seen many oceans, many miles and many adventures.
So what better way to see out your last few years? Time to have a little makeover like an old lady that still wears miniskirts for your twilight era?
As the Plymouth Herald reports HMS Trenchant was re-dedicated with a ceremony after having extensive upgrades to its weapons systems.
The sub can be used for a multitude of missions including above and below water warfare, collecting intelligence, delivering troops and conducting long-range attacks if required and thus needs to be constantly monitored and maintained.
So let’s look at that again. Above and below water warfare meaning it doesn’t give a fuck where you are. It can pounce out of the water like a rat in a sewer or chill beneath the surface like a fat bloke in a bath with too much water in it.
They can deliver troops better than a Domino’s delivery driver with a turbo V6 and conduct long-range attacks. You can’t even see it and you’re getting your face smashed in. This is good.
Leading The Way
Often at the forefront of weapons technology and use, in June 2007, the submarine became the first Royal Navy vessel to fire the new Block IV Tomahawk cruise missile in a live-firing trial in the Gulf of Mexico off the United States coast. Chew on that for lunch.
Also in May 2013, HMS Trenchant completed the longest patrol ever carried out by a Royal Navy SSN in a patrol that lasted an impressive 335 days at sea. Is that longer than Forrest Gump spent running? It’s a close call.
The Herald writes…
The work included a double motor-generator change in dry dock, external hull paint, main battery exchange, extensive hull surveillance work, wide-ranging system surveys and a package of planned maintenance on the reactor system – amounting to more than 650,000 direct labour hours.
This work should keep the sub at the top of its game for the next few years and hopefully see out its time as one of the excellent nuclear submarines from our Royal Navy fleet.
Trenchant is the second oldest Trafalgar class submarine still in active use, with Torbay being the oldest, seeing action since 1981. Torbay is due to be decommissioned in 2017, cobwebs can only be managed for a certain amount of time. It needs putting down eventually.
I remember the first time I saw a submarine out of the water and it absolutely blew my mind just how big it was. The sub dwarfed me and was twice the size I had imagined it would be on land.
Have you served on one before? Did you enjoy it?