Valiant effort by Vigilant leads to trophy success

Starboard crew members from HMS Vigilant were recently awarded a prestigious trophy for the best performance during Operational Sea Training.

Commander Dan Martyn, Commanding Officer of HMS Vigilant Starboard, and members of his crew were awarded the Valiant Trophy at the vessel’s home port at HM Naval Base Clyde.  

Sponsored by Rolls-Royce, the trophy goes to the best performing crew as judged by Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), the Royal Navy’s top training organisation. 

Presenting the Valiant Trophy was Andy Fairhurst, Chief Engineer for Rolls-Royce Submarine Programmes, who praised the efforts of Commander Martyn’s team.

It was the Vigilant team’s superb attitude towards training that was the key to their success.

Captain Bob Anstey RN

Andy, who recently celebrated 30-years of working in support of the nuclear enterprise, said:  “Everyone involved feels real pride in helping to support the Royal Navy Submarine Service and in contributing towards the maintenance of Continuous At Sea Deterrence.”

A nuclear powered ballistic submarine, HMS Vigilant is one of four Vanguard Class submarines which provide the UK’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent.

Like her sister vessels, the Faslane-based submarine operates two crews – a Starboard and Port crew - of around 135 sailors each.  The sailors rotate every few months, with one crew serving on shore while the other goes to sea. 

Captain Bob Anstey, FOST Captain Training (North), said:  “This was a year of fine performances across all sea training.  It was the Vigilant team’s superb attitude towards training that was the key to their success.”

As well as the trophy itself, the Starboard crew were also awarded citations and a £1,000 cheque towards the crew’s welfare fund which will be put to use supporting a families’ barbecue.