Submarine HMS Astute and Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans trained together recently in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to a Royal Navy news release, St Albans’ Merlin helicopter from 814 Naval Air Squadron flew between both vessels, winching submariners and sailors while battling wind and rain.
“The submarine class is the largest and most advanced attack submarines ever operated by the navy while St Albans is equipped with specialist sonar and torpedoes designed to counter submarines.”
Lieutenant Commander Andrew Mitchell, flight commander on board the Portsmouth-based frigate, said:
“The transfer was one of the most challenging – and professionally rewarding – experiences. We don’t get to do this often and certainly not in such adverse weather conditions.”
Commander John Cromie, commanding officer of HMS St Albans, said:
“As we continue to hone our anti-submarine warfare alongside HMS Astute, the synergy that can be achieved by operating a Merlin, Type 23 and Astute-class submarine together represents the pinnacle of all-arms anti-submarine warfare. It clearly demonstrates the Royal Navy’s ability to project a potent capability in the wider Atlantic to protect UK interests.”
HMS St Albans is currently tasked to waters around Scotland.