HMS Trenchant

North Bowl: Navy Submariners Play Arctic Game Of Cricket

Personnel from HMS Trenchant took to the ice after the conclusion of Ice Exercise 18.

HMS Trenchant

Royal Navy submariners have marked the end of a military exercise in the North Pole with a quick game of cricket.

Personnel from HMS Trenchant took to the ice with bat and ball after the conclusion of Ice Exercise 18.

The Navy have been with the USS Connecticut and USS Hartford for the drills, coordinated by the US Navy’s Arctic Submarine Laboratory, and broke through the ice five times during their time in the North Pole.

Trenchant emerged some 2,750 miles from her home base of Plymouth to bring the five-week military exercise to a close.

The exercise tested submariners’ skills in operating in the cold climate of the Arctic Circle.

Minister for Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said:

"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.

Ice-breaker: HMS Trenchant emerges during the exercise in the Arctic. Pictures: Royal Navy.

"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."

The ice exercise allows the submariners to test a range of equipment against live 'targets' and to practice tracking and simulating attacks against other submarines.

Commander David Burrell, Commanding Officer of HMS Trenchant, said:

"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 warfighting 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."

HMS Trenchant Breaks Ice

All images: Royal Navy.