HMS Torbay Ends Six-Month Patrol

Royal Navy’s submarine HMS Torbay returned to her base-port at Plymouth after a successful six-month patrol.

HMS Torbay entered Plymouth Sound from where the vessel started her transit up the River Hamoaze to her berth in HM Naval Base Devonport.

The nuclear-powered submarine, which carries Tomahawk land attack missiles, has returned after routine underwater deployment.

During her deployment HMS Torbay has travelled 19,653 nautical miles, roughly equivalent of once round the world and spent 2,562 hours dived.

Submariners are a superstitious lot at the best of times and any deviation from this routine is an unacceptable risk in tempting fate.

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Image: Royal Navy/LA(Phot) Joel Rouse