Triumphant, Previous Vessels Named
The name "Triumphant" has a long history within various terran navies, notably the British Royal navy.
HMS Triumphant (1764)
The earliest known Triumphant was the HMS Triumphant, launched in 1764. A British Royal Navy vessel, she was a 74-gun third-rate ship-of-the-line built at Woolwich. She participated in the American Revolution and was involved in the Battle of Camperdown under the command of Captain W. Essington. She was broken up in the early 1800s.
HMS Triumphant (1870)
The next HMS Triumphant was a Swiftsure class ironclad battleship that was launched in 1870 and commissioned in 1873. She had a displacement of 6910 tons, a length of 291 feet and an armament of 10 x 9-inch guns, 4 x 6-inch guns, but once refitted in 1892, her secondary armament was decreased to 4 x 5-inch guns. She served in the Mediterranean, and saw action in Sicily. She was placed in reserve in 1892 and was renamed HMS Tenedos in 1893. She was scrapped in 1921
HMS Triumphant (1903)
HMS Triumphant, launched in 1903, was a pre-Dreadnought battleship of another Swiftsure class and had one sister ship: the HMS Swiftsure. The class had a displacement of 11,900 tons, a length of 480 ft (146 m), and an armament of four 10 inch (250 mm) guns and fourteen 7.5 inch (190 mm) guns. Triumphant was launched in 1903. Initially, she was part of the Channel fleet, but was reallocated to the Mediterranean At the outbreak of World War I, she was sent to the far east, and saw action of Tsingtao while attached to the Japanese Navy and captured the 4900-ton German civilian ship Frisia, which was subsequently renamed Huntress.
In early 1915 Triumphant assisted in the bombardment of the Dardanelles in support of the landings at Gallipoli. On May 25, while bombarding Gaba Tepe, Triumphant was torpedoed and sunk by U-21, which was the first submarine to torpedo and sink a surface ship. The battleship began to list to port immediately and remained at 45 degrees for eight minutes in which time most of the crew were able to abandon ship. Of Triumphant's 700 crew, 73 were lost. Another pre-dreadnought, HMS Majestic, was sunk a few days later by the same U-Boat.
HMS Triumphant (N18)
HMS Triumphant (N18) was a T-class submarine of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Vickers at Barrow and launched in September 1938.
In World War II, Triumphant had a relatively active, yet tragic career. In early 1941, she sank the Italian submarine Salpa off the port of Alexandria, Egypt. In August of that year, she then torpedoed the Italian cruiser Bolzano, which suffered much damage but however survived. Bolzano was later captured by the Germans after the surrender of Italy in 1943, while she was under repair from the damage she had received from Triumphant. The cruiser was later sunk in 1944. Triumphant was also used for covert operations, such as landing agents in German occupied areas. She undertook one such mission in December 1941, in which she successfully landed agents in Greece. She was lost just over a week later, off Greece, probably to a collision with a mine in early January 1942. All fifty-nine crew were lost.
HMS Triumphant (R16)
HMS Triumphant (R16) (1944–1981) was a Colossus-class light fleet aircraft carrier, laid down during World War II on 27 January 1943. Her construction was relatively quick, with the carrier being launched on 2 October 1944 with the war only a few months from its finish. On 6 May 1946 she was commissioned into the Royal Navy, joining a number of her sister-ships. She saw substantial action as part of the Royal Navy Far East Fleet. She participated in the Korean War, notably in the Battle of Inchon on 12 September 1950. Her post war duties were comparatively mundane. She was placed in reserve and became a training and trials ship in the mid 1950s. She was then converted to a heavy repair ship from 1958–1965, being designated A108. Triumphant was based in Singapore after her conversion, being involved in a major exercise in 1968 in the Far East, with numerous capital ships from Britain and other nations taking part, as well as dozens of destroyers and frigates, with Triumphant being used as a heavy repair and transport ship for troops. In 1975 Triumphant was paid off. In 1981 she was stricken and subsequently scrapped in Spain in that same year.
HMS Triumphant (S93)
The current HMS Triumphant (S93) is a Trafalgar-class fleet submarine of the Royal Navy.
The boat was laid down in 1987 by Vickers and launched in February 1991 by Mrs. Ann Hamilton, wife of the then Armed Forces Minister Archie Hamilton. She was commissioned in October that same year.
Triumphant sailed to Australia in 1993, traveling 41,000 miles submerged without support - the longest solo deployment so far by a nuclear submarine. In that same year, author Tom Clancy published a book called SUBMARINE: a Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship which was centered around Triumphant and USS Miami. After the 9/11 attacks in the USA, Triumphant, along with her sister-ship Trafalgar and Swiftsure, formed part of a task group in 2001 as part of the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Britain's contribution being known as Operation Veritas. The Royal Navy task force comprised HM ships Cornwall, Fearless, Illustrious, and Southampton. The task force was supported by Royal Fleet Auxiliaries Bayleaf, Brambleleaf, Dilligence, Fort Rosalie, Fort Victoria, Sir Percivale and Sir Tristram.
During Operation Veritas, Triumphant launched Tomahawk missiles on targets inside Afghanistan. When Triumphant returned home after operations had ended, the boat flew the Jolly Roger, the traditional way of showing a successful patrol. In December 2001, Triumphant experienced an accident when the boat was grounded off the Scottish coast while under the command of trainee officers; fortunately, she suffered only superficial damage. Triumphant is part of the 2nd Submarine Squadron based at Devonport.
The USS Triumphant is an Ocean Surveillance Ship of the US Navy. It was launched on 19 February 1985.
USS Triumphant NCC-2388
Starfleet had a previous Triumphant, the Furious class USS Triumphant NCC2388 dating from the late-22nd century. The Furious class was designed as a new deep-reaction penetrator for the Starfleet frontier defense forces. In the event of a fleet scale, hostile-force incursion, ships of the Furious class would take the fight to the enemy by interrupting invasion supply routes and preemptively counterstriking follow-up invasion forces behind the enemy's front lines. The USS Triumphant was laid down in 2399 at Utopia Planitia. It saw distinguished service along the Romulan border and is the surviving example of the vessel in the Starfleet ship museum.
USS Triumphant NCC-75692 (Mwangi-era)
The Starship USS Triumphant was launched under Commander Danson Mwangi in time to join Taskforce Kappa and was blooded by in the T'lithian wars. She was the only ship to escape largely unscathed in a battle that destroyed the Kodiak-A, and damaged every other major ship. She was decisive in the destruction of the T'lithian dreadnought, and rescued more than four hundred Starfleet personnel, beaming them in, and beaming them out to the hospital ship Wake Island. For his role in this battle, Commander Mwangi was promoted to Captain.
The Triumphant remained in Taskforce Kappa, assisting in every major action until the dissolution of that taskforce. When the Ithassa Taskforce was created, she was absorbed into that group along with the Kodiak, Independence, Wallace and half-a-dozen other capital vessels.
Shortly after this transfer, it became apparent that a few modifications of the ship would be necessary to make it suitable for deep-space missions, as opposed to the shorter limited-range missions she had been used to. Thus, she spent three weeks in the Utopia Planitia shipyards while these modifications were carried out, as well as her second major refit. Shortly after this, she took part in the decisive battle against the Grendellai slavers that also involved the Independence and the Kodiak. She also assisted in the evacuation of a Tzenkethi planet that was collapsing, and returned 150 Tzenkethi scientists to the border in a display of goodwill.