Portsmouth frigate HMS Lancaster goes toe-to-toe with South African submarine

HMS Lancaster, from Portsmouth, pictured alongside a South African Navy submarine during a training exercise. PHOTO: Royal Navy PPP-150925-150234001
HMS Lancaster, from Portsmouth, pictured alongside a South African Navy submarine during a training exercise. PHOTO: Royal Navy PPP-150925-150234001
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ROYAL Navy sailors from Portsmouth have been pitting their wits against a submarine in a training exercise in South Africa.

HMS Lancaster, joined by RFA Gold Rover, sailed with South African Navy submarine Queen Modjadji in the four-day operation.

It saw the ship’s company taking part in war games with the Type 209 diesel electric submarine off the coast of Simon’s Town.

Throughout, Lancaster’s Wildcat helicopter ‘Voodoo’ kept an eye from the sky while hunting for the elusive foe before simulating dropping stingray torpedoes on it.

Lieutenant Tom Johnson, Lancaster’s principle warfare officer, said: ‘The training was a fantastic opportunity to hone our anti-submarine warfare skills against a very capable opponent.’