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Turbulent (S87)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: SSN Group 4b
Fate: Decommisioned 15-07-2012 at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport

Turbulent is the 317th submarine built and completed at Barrow Launched by Lady Cassidiy, wife of Admiral Sir Desmond Cassidiy, Commander in Chief Naval Home Command (designate)

HMS Turbulent is the second Royal Navy submarine to bear the name. The first was a T Class submarine launched in 1941 which served during the Second World War until she was sunk by a mine near to the Maddalena Archipelago off Sardinia in 1943.

HMS Turbulent was built by the Vickers shipbuilding company in Barrow-in-Furness, was commissioned in 1982, and has been commanded by thirteen captains.

The boat undertook a number of patrols from the North Atlantic to the Far East, including service in the Adriatic during the Balkans conflict.

On April 16 in 2003 HMS Turbulent was the first Royal Navy vessel to return home from the war against lraq. She arrived in Plymouth flying the Jolly Roger after launching 30 Tomahawk cruise missiles

In May 2010 it was reported that HMS Turbulent had been at sea with a potentially serious safety problem. Safety valves designed to release pressure from steam generators in an emergency were completely sealed off when the nuclear hunter killer left port, a leaked memo disclosed. The problem went undelected for more than two years, during which time the vessel was on operations around the Atlantic, and visited Bergen in Norway, the Portuguese capital Lisbon, and Faslane naval base near Glasgow.

Commanding Officer from 2000 to 20100 had been Commander Ryan Ramsey who holds the US Meritorious Service Medal. Turbulent left Devonport in February 2011 for a 10 month deployment, her final before decommissioning. The deployment saw her operating in the Gulf of Sidra relieving HMS Triumph during the Libya intervention. She was then herself again relieved by Triumph. before heading through the Suez Canal to take up patrol in a longer than normal 268 day successfull deployment the Indian Ocean.

At her decommishinioning, HMS Turbulent's current Commanding Officer, Commander Nicholas Wheeler, said:

The decommissioning event provides a memorable opportunity to officially decommission Turbulent from her fleet life. It's an opportunity for me to offer my and the Royal Navys gratitude for the hard work the men of Turbulent have provided me and my predecessors over recent years. The submarine has had an active and successful career, fundamental to the defence of the United Kingdomm

Events

08-05-1960 : Laid Down
28-07-1978 : Ordered from Vickers, Barrow
01-12-1982 : Launched
28-04-1984 : Completed
16-04-2003 : HMS Turbulent was the first Royal Navy vessel to return home from the war against lraq. She arrived in Plymouth flying the Jolly Roger after launching 30 Tomahawk cruise missUes
15-07-2012 : Decommisioned at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport


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