HMS Triumph (S93)

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The current HMS Triumph (S93) is a Trafalgar-class fleet submarine of the Royal Navy.

The boat was laid down in 1987 by Vickers and launched in February 1991 by Mrs. Ann Hamilton, wife of the then Armed Forces Minister Archie Hamilton. She was commisssioned in October that same year.

Triumph sailed to Australia in 1993, travelling 41,000 miles submerged without support -- the longest solo deployment so far by a nuclear submarine. In that same year, author Tom Clancy published a book called SUBMARINE: a Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship which was centered around Triumph and USS Miami.

After the 9/11 attacks in the USA, Triumph, along with her sister-ship Trafalgar and Swiftsure, formed part of a task group in 2001 as part of the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Britain's contribution being known as Operation Veritas. The Royal Navy task force comprised HM ships Cornwall, Fearless, Illustrious, and Southampton. The task force was supported by Royal Fleet Axuiliaries Bayleaf, Brambleleaf, Dilligence, Fort Rosalie, Fort Victoria, Sir Percivale and Sir Tristram.

During Operation Veritas, Triumph launched Tomahawk missiles on targets inside Afghanistan. When Triumph returned home after operations had ended, the boat flew the Jolly Roger, the tradional way of showing a successful patrol.

In December 2001, Triumph experienced an accident when the boat was grounded off the Scottish coast while under the command of trainee officers; fortunately, she suffered only superficial damage.

Triumph is part of the 2nd Submarine Squadron based at Devonport.

See HMS Triumph for other ships of the name.


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