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Devon based submariners simulate war beneath the ice

HMS Trenchant has been training alongside the US military Photo: Royal Navy

Devon based submariners have been testing their skills in some of the coldest climates in the world. Below you can see Plymouth based Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant breaking through the ice in the North Pole.

HMS Trenchant has been working alongside two US submarines in a training exercise making sure they can operate in the harshest conditions and beneath the ice cap.

The Royal Navy say the exercise "allows the submariners to test a range of equipment, notably sonar, against live 'targets' and to practice tracking and simulating attacks against other submarines."

HMS Trenchant is based in Plymouth Credit: Royal Navy

“This exercise shows that our Royal Navy is primed and ready to operate in the harshest conditions imaginable, to protect our nation from any potential threats.

I was recently on board HMS Trenchant while she was under the ice and saw first-hand the skill and precision with which they worked alongside our US allies.”

– Mark Lancaster, Minister for Armed Forces

The Royal Navy say that exercises like this are vital in maintaining the "operational readiness of the Royal Navy's submarine fleet and in maintaining the security of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans."

“This ice exercise has been excellent and very well conducted. The Royal Navy operates all across the globe acting on behalf of Britain’s interests. That includes being able to successfully operate and conduct war fighting beneath the ice cap.

It’s a vital skill which we have been honing over these last few weeks and I couldn’t be more proud of my sailors for their excellent work.”

– Commander David Burrell, the Commanding Officer of HMS Trenchant