HMS Triumph arrives for refit

HMS Triumph has arrived in Faslane for an eight-month refit.

The Royal Navy’s seventh and last Trafalgar-class nuclear submarine has spent the last 10 months on patrol in UK waters.

The Plymouth-based vessel will spend three months out of the water in the shiplift during her refit.

Personnel from the boat – motto We Shall Triumph – are also taking part in Remembrance Day services around the country, including Blackpool, Newton Abbot and London.

The refit will allow her crew time with their families and the opportunity for some adventure training, including the Royal Navy Ski Championships in Tignes, France in January.

Triumph, the platform and her people, has been working extremely hard for the last two years

Commander David Filtness, Commanding Officer HMS Triumph

He added: “The ship’s company is rightly proud of their significant operational success.

“The focus now is maintenance, providing some much-needed time with families and for professional courses, and regenerating the team for operations later in 2015.

“I expect these next few months will fly by for us all.”

Triumph, the tenth Royal Navy warship and second submarine to bear the name, was launched by VSEL in Barrow in 1991.

She is able to remain at sea unsupported for up to three months, fulfilling a variety of roles from tactical strike to fleet protection and intelligence gathering.

She is equipped with both cruise missiles and Spearfish torpedoes.

Following her refit Triumph will return to the fleet in 2015 and is due to be decommissioned in 2022.

Images by CPOA(PHOT) Thomas McDonald