HMS Talent (S92)
Talent in the Mediterranean Sea, October 2013.
|Ordered:||10 September 1984|
|Builder:||Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, Barrow-in-Furness|
|Laid down:||13 May 1986|
|Launched:||15 April 1988|
|Sponsored by:||The Princess Royal|
|Commissioned:||12 May 1990|
|Homeport:||HMNB Devonport, Plymouth|
|Fate:||in active service, as of 2015[update]|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Trafalgar class submarine|
|Displacement:||5,300 tonnes, submerged|
|Length:||85.4 m (280 ft)|
|Beam:||9.8 m (32 ft)|
|Draught:||9.5 m (31 ft)|
|Speed:||Up to 32 knots (59 km/h), submerged|
|Range:||Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.|
|Armament:||5 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes with stowage for up to 30 weapons:|
Talent was launched by The Princess Royal in April 1988 and commissioned in May 1990. She was the last submarine to be launched down a slipway.. The boat is affiliated with Shrewsbury in Shropshire. Talent is the third submarine of the Royal Navy to bear the name. The first was the World War II Talent, a T-class submarine transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy as RNLMS Zwaardvisch in 1943.
Talent undertook a refit at her base port in HMNB Devonport and in March 2007 rejoined the active fleet, following a £386 million upgrade. She has been given a new reactor core and has been equipped with a new sonar suite, Sonar 2076. Sonar 2076 has the power equivalent to approximately 400 PCs and can precisely track the movement of small objects from hundreds of miles away. The Royal Navy describe Sonar 2076 as the most advanced sonar in service with any navy in the world. She has also been given the ability to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles.
On 6 August 2013, she returned to Plymouth after a 3 month deployment. In October 2013, she conducted an anti-submarine exercise with HMS Dragon (D35), USS Gravely (DDG-107), USS Stout (DDG-55) and USS Barry (DDG-52).
In 2009, she suffered loss of primary and alternative power supplies to her nuclear reactors.
She was reported on April 2015 to have struck ice some time in 2014 while tracking Russian vessels. This resulted in an estimated £500,000 worth of damages including a 6ft dent at the top of her conning tower and damage to her outer layer of acoustic tiles.
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- HMS Talent, navynews.co.uk
- Royal Navy nuclear submarine suffers £500,000 damage after 'hitting floating ice' while tracking Russian vessels www.dailymail.co.uk
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