HMS Trenchant Clocks Up Nine Months on Patrol in Indian Ocean

first_imgThe crew of hunter-killer submarine HMS Trenchant have passed the nine-month barrier on their marathon tour of duty in the Indian Ocean. The Plymouth-based boat has clocked up 277 days on patrol since leaving Devon last year, continually maintaining the UK’s submarine presence east of Suez.She sailed on June 22 – a month before the London Olympics and nearly six months before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting their first child.Since then she’s carried out operational patrols and international training exercises have been entwined with port visits to Fujairah in the UAE, Christmas and New Year in Bahrain and a quick trip around the Indian Ocean, including a visit to the remote UK territory of Diego Garcia.Trenchant has worked with six Royal Navy warships – frigates Westminster, Sutherland, Northumberland and Monmouth, new destroyer HMS Diamond and minehunter Quorn – as well as various American units (including one submarine, USS Providence) and one French submarine (FS Casablanca).The T-boat has also received plenty of high-profile visitors, hosting everyone from admirals and various defence attachés to the crew’s family members and military personnel from the US and Australia.Due to the length of Trenchant’s tour of duty, most of her crew have been rotated – but ten submariners have done the full 277 days so far.Specialist sonar rider Lt Cdr Graham ‘Yorkie’ Thorley has passed another milestone: a grand total of 5,000 sea days in his career – that’s more than 13½ years at sea.He joined up aged 16 and has worked his way up through the ranks through multiple submarines – and multiple classes of submarine – to serve as the specialist sonar rider on Trenchant. Although he claims “It’s just my job”, he should be justifiably proud of his achievement.Sonar controller PO Ignatius Oberholzer, who’s been aboard for the duration of the deployment, has notched up one million metres – that’s 1,000km, 621 miles or roughly the distance from Plymouth to Hamburg – on one of Trenchant’s rowing machines; he also plans to row the length of the Suez Canal when the boat goes through later in the year on her way home to Devonport.Twenty-nine members of the crew have earned the coveted Dolphins – the badge of honour, irrespective of rank, which signifies that they are fully-qualified submariners ­ while deployed.A few received their ‘badges’ when Britain’s most senior sailor – and former submarine commander – First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope visited the boat.Over £750 has been raised, through a variety of means, for the boat’s chosen charity – the Derriford Neo-Natal unit in Plymouth.Lt Cdr Stuart Barrie, the weapon engineer officer and another crew member of the ‘Black Watch’, who’s been onboard since June 22 said:“It’s been an enjoyable deployment so far with lots of varied tasking and experiences.“However, it’s always tough being separated from family, especially during the periods when we are without communications with home – which can be as long as seven weeks. I’ve been fortunate that my wife and children have visited twice, including Christmas in Bahrain.”“The lads deserve a huge amount of credit for all that we have achieved, and everyone onboard is looking forward to getting back home later in the year, following the successful completion of our future tasking.”At nine months and four days away, Trenchant’s deployment is far from over. With further training exercises, including taking the latest class of trainee submarine watch-leaders to sea, port visits and wider regional engagement still to complete, the boat remains poised and ready for action.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 26, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Patrol View post tag: ocean Training & Education View post tag: Trenchant Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Indian View post tag: month View post tag: upcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Clocks View post tag: NINE View post tag: News by topic HMS Trenchant Clocks Up Nine Months on Patrol in Indian Ocean View post tag: HMS March 26, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Trenchant Clocks Up Nine Months on Patrol in Indian Ocean last_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal star and pundit Martin McHugh has hailed Jim McGuinness as Donegal’s best-ever manager.Martin McHughThe Kilcar man, who has gone for Dublin to beat Donegal before the game, said the Glenties man got everything right against the Dubs at Croke Park yesterday.“You have to gibe McGuinness enormous credit. He is the best manager Donegal have ever had, and one of the best in any county in the modern era. “After being beaten out of the game last year by Mayo, many thought it was all over for McGuinness and for Donegal.“Instead, he got them promoted, won another Ulster title and took Dublin’s scalp against all the odds yesterday,” said McHugh.McHugh paid a special tribute to his own son Ryan who was magnificent with a personal tally of 2-2.“Ryan is my son, so I’m a bit biased, but he was class for his second goal early in the second half. “If he caught the ball, Stephen Cluxton would have been out on him and smothered him.“But he did the right thing, palming the ball away from Cluxton and into the corner,” he said. McGUINNESS IS DONEGAL’S BEST-EVER MANAGER – McHUGH was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:best managerdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessMartin McHughlast_img read more