HMS Talent (S92)

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HMS Talent (S92) with Lynx in the Mediterranean Sea 2013
Talent in the Mediterranean Sea, October 2013.
United Kingdom
NameHMS Talent
Ordered10 September 1984
BuilderVickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, Barrow-in-Furness
Laid down13 May 1986
Launched15 April 1988
Sponsored byThe Princess Royal
Commissioned12 May 1990
HomeportHMNB Clyde, Faslane
Fatein active service
General characteristics
Class and type Trafalgar-class submarine
  • Surfaced: 4,500 to 4,800 t (4,700 long tons; 5,300 short tons)[1]
  • Submerged: 5,200 to 5,300 t (5,200 long tons; 5,800 short tons)[1]
Length85.4 m (280 ft)[1]
Beam9.8 m (32 ft)[1]
Draught9.5 m (31 ft)[1]
  • 1 × Rolls Royce PWR1 nuclear reactor
  • 2 × GEC steam turbines
  • 2 × WH Allen turbo generators; 3.2 MW
  • 2 × Paxman diesel alternators 2,800 shp (2.1 MW)
  • 1 × pump jet propulsor
  • 1 × motor for emergency drive
  • 1 × auxiliary retractable prop
SpeedOver 30 knots (56 km/h), submerged[1]
Electronic warfare
& decoys
  • 2 × SSE Mk8 launchers for Type 2066 and Type 2071 torpedo decoys
  • RESM Racal UAP passive intercept
  • CESM Outfit CXA
  • SAWCS decoys carried from 2002
  • 5 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes with stowage for up to 30 weapons:

HMS Talent is the sixth of seven Trafalgar-class nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy, and was built at Barrow-in-Furness. Talent was launched by The Princess Royal in April 1988 and commissioned in May 1990. The boat is affiliated with Shrewsbury in Shropshire. Talent is the third submarine of the Royal Navy to bear the name. The first was the World War II Talent, a T-class submarine transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy as RNLMS Zwaardvisch in 1943.

Talent moved her base from Devonport to Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde in July 2019.[2]

Following the Integrated Review of 2020, Talent is scheduled to be decommissioned by the end of 2022 and will be replaced by one of the new Astute-class submarines.[3]

Operational history

Talent undertook a refit at her base port in HMNB Devonport and in March 2007 rejoined the active fleet, following a £386 million upgrade. She has been given a new reactor core and has been equipped with a new sonar suite, Sonar 2076. Sonar 2076 has the power equivalent to approximately 400 PCs and can precisely track the movement of small objects from hundreds of miles away. The Royal Navy describe Sonar 2076 as the most advanced sonar in service with any navy in the world. She has also been given the ability to fire Tomahawk cruise missiles.

On 6 August 2013, she returned to Plymouth after a 3-month deployment.[4] In October 2013, she conducted an anti-submarine exercise with HMS Dragon (D35), USS Gravely (DDG-107), USS Stout (DDG-55) and USS Barry (DDG-52).[5]

In 2009, she suffered loss of primary and alternative power supplies to her nuclear reactors.

She was reported in April 2015 to have struck ice some time in 2014 while tracking Russian vessels.

Although originally scheduled for decommissioning in 2021, the slow delivery of the Astute-class boats will see Talent retained in service for at least an additional 12 months, with her planned out of service date extended to the end of 2022.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Bush, Steve (2014). British Warships and Auxiliaries. Maritime Books. p. 12. ISBN 1904459552.
  2. Channon, Max (31 July 2019). "Sub leaves for last time before she joins nuclear graveyard". plymouthherald. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Defence Command Paper and the future of the Royal Navy". Navy Lookout. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. HMS Talent returns,
  5. HMS Talent,

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