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Submarine Joins TAURUS Ships In The Med

HMS Talent leaves Faslane
Round Window - LS 'Trago' Mills and AB 'Noz' King
Periscope Photography from Exercise Nobel Manta

HMS Talent has sailed to join the rest of the TAURUS 09 Task Group in the Mediterranean.

She will accompany the Task Group, as a vital prop for them to conduct submarine warfare drills. It will also enable the boat to hone her own maritime skills.

HMS Talent sailed from Faslane, and completed a “fast and deep” transit directly to the Straits of Gibraltar, passing through the busy shipping lane.  She then completed a boat transfer in the lee of the rock in order to embark Captain Submarines Devonport Flotilla, Captain John Edgell OBE RN.

During his time onboard the Ship’s Company demonstrated engineering drills, damage control scenarios and their ability to fight the Submarine.  He additionally presented two newly qualified submariners, ET(MESM) Dennis Gibbins and LMEA William York, with their dolphins badges which was accepted in the traditional glass of rum. 

The Submarine next surfaced off the coast of Stromboli, near Scilly, before conducting an early morning transit through the Straits of Messina, Italy.  Prior to disembarking Captain Edgell in Augusta, the ship’s company took the opportunity to take in the Mediterranean weather and have lunch on the casing off the Sicilian coast.

After Captain Edgell left, HMS Talent operated with a large NATO group of Surface Ships, Submarines and Aircraft as part of Exercise Noble Manta 2009.  The group had representatives from many NATO nations and, along with HMS St Albans and Nimrod Maritime Patrol Aircraft, HMS Talent represented the UK.  She also had the rare opportunity to operate and exercise with 5 other NATO submarines.  The varied exercise provided opportunities for Anti Submarine Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare, Inshore Operations, Periscope Photography and Intelligence collections. 

On completion of the exercise HMS Talent made best speed towards the first ‘run ashore’ of the deployment in Soudha Bay, Crete.  This Operational Stand-down Period provided a period of rest for the crew and an opportunity to conduct some maintenance and defect rectification before heading deeper into the blue seas of the Med.

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