HMS Talent (S92)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Talent.
HMS Talent (S92) with Lynx in the Mediterranean Sea 2013
Talent in the Mediterranean Sea, October 2013.
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Talent
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 2014
Badge: Talent.jpg
General characteristics [1]
Class & 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)
Propulsion:
Speed: Up to 32 knots (59 km/h), submerged
Range: Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.
Complement: 130
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 × SSE Mk8 launchers for Type 2066 and Type 2071 torpedo decoys
  • RESM Racal UAP passive intercept
  • CESM Outfit CXA
  • SAWCS decoys carried from 2002
Armament:

5 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes with stowage for up to 30 weapons:

HMS Talent is the sixth of seven Trafalgar-class nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy, and was built at Barrow-in-Furness.

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.[citation needed]. 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 is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2021 and will be replaced by one of the new Astute-class submarines.[3]

Operational history[edit]

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.[4] In October 2013, she conducted an anti-submarine exercise with HMS Dragon (D35), USS Gravely, USS Stout and USS Barry.[5]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ All boats have a pump jet propulsor with the exception of Trafalgar which was fitted with a 7-bladed conventional propeller.[2]
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