HMS Triumph

HMS Triumph

HMS Triumph is the latest and most capable Trafalgar-Class submarine. She is the tenth RN warship (and the second submarine) to bear that name, the first being a 58-gun galleon launched in 1562.

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She was launched by VSEL in Barrow in 1991 and is based in Devonport. The Fleet Submarine can stay at sea unsupported for up to three months, and is very versatile, able to fill a variety of roles from tactical strike to fleet protection to intelligence gathering.

She is equipped with both cruise missiles and Spearfish torpedoes, giving her a far-reaching offensive capability.

She has a typical complement of 120–130 personnel, of which up to 20 will be officers.

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Unit History

The First HMS Triumph1562

Laid down in 1561 and launched in October 1562. A 68-gun galleon, with a nominal burden of 1,000 tons, she was claimed to be the largest ship built in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Second HMS Triumph1623

Launched in 1623, initially a 44-gun Great Ship, she underwent numerous refits which saw her increase in size. She was the most decorated of all her namesakes; awarded ten battle honours.

The Third HMS Triumph1698

Also a Second Rate Ship, the third HMS Triumph was built with 90 guns. She was renamed HMS Prince in 1714 and then remained in service for most of the century before being broken up in 1773.

The Fourth HMS Triumph1739

The fourth Triumph was a Spanish 18-gun sloop Triunfo, captured on November 23 1739 at Puerto Bello. She foundered in 1740 less than a year after her capture.

The Fifth HMS Triumph1764

Built in 1764 and spent 49 years of her 86 year commission at sea. She was the second of the Valiant Class, they were longer and more heavily armed than other 74 gun Third Rate Class ships of the time. 

The Sixth HMS Triumph1860

In 1860 a new ship was laid down in 1860due to be named HMS Triumph. However, when Prince Albert died in December 1861 it was renamed HMS Prince Consort in memorial. 

Swiftsure class1870

Built with retractable propellers she was designed to serve as flagships, primarily with the Pacific Squadron. HMS Triumph served in this post between 1877 to 1882 and again from 1885 to 1888.

The Seventh HMS Triumph1903

Originally  ordered by Chile later bought by the RN she did not match Admiralty standards in many ways. She did played an active role in British operations during WWI until her loss 1915.

The Eighth HMS Triumph Part 11939

Built for service during WW2 she initially served in the North Sea before hitting a German mine on Boxing Day 1939. Under protection from fighter aircraft HMS Triumph managed to limp home.

The Eighth HMS Triumph Part 21940

September 1940 she was repaired and ready for action in the Mediterranean. She sank or damaged 22 enemy vessels. She struck a mine in January 1942, sinking with the loss of all hands.

The Ninth HMS Triumph Part 11946

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The Ninth HMS Triumph Part 21950

In 1950 she was en route to Japan when hostilities broke out in Korea. She flew hundreds of combat air patrols to great effect. Following her Korean service she acted as a cadet training ship.

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The first HMS Triumph was a 68 gun galleon built in 1561

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