This exercise shows that our Royal Navy is primed and ready to operate in the harshest conditions imaginable, to protect our nation from any potential threats.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster

The ice exercise allows the submariners to test a range of equipment, notably sonar, against live 'targets' and to practice tracking and simulating attacks against other submarines.

Exercises such as this are vital in maintaining the operational readiness of the Royal Navy's submarine fleet and in maintaining the security of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

And while professional cricketers in the UK bemoaned the weather which stalled the opening of the county championship, the crew of HMS Trenchant even had chance to grab bat and ball for a few overs at the North Pole.

Commander David Burrell, the Commanding Officer of HMS Trenchant, said: “This ice exercise has been excellent and very well conducted. The Royal Navy operates all across the globe acting on behalf of Britain’s interests. That includes being able to successfully operate and conduct warfighting beneath the ice cap. 

“It’s a vital skill which we have been honing over these last few weeks and I couldn’t be more proud of my sailors for their excellent work.”

Marine Engineer Officer Submariner

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