I speak, of course, of UK Royal Navy HMS Trump which was launched in 1944 and presciently named "Trump" 2 years before The Donald's actual birth in 1946. HMS Trump was one of a relatively large class (for Britain) of "T" or "Triton" class submarines mainly built in WWII.
HMS Trump mainly served from Fremantle, Western Australia, 1944-45 in the Asia-Pacific war against Japan. In four patrols in 1945, north of Australia, Trump sunk a Japanese guardboat, a sailing vessel, two coasters, a tanker, a cargo vessel and an army cargo ship.
After the war Trump continued on in a RN submarine squadron stationed in Sydney Harbour. Trump received UK "Super T" (similar to GUPPY style) upgrades inspired by the revolutionary design of captured German Type XXI submarines. See the dramatic change (above) between Trump’s "old T" 1945 appearance and Trump's streamlined "Super-T" 1961 exterior.
Trump was scrapped in the UK in 1971. Hence a submarine with a successful war service, from Australian bases, accidentally carries the name of:
The UK HMS Trump's career shows that there are other powers Australia, did, can, or could, rely on. The US should not take Australia for granted as a loyal servant.
If the Trump Administration runs two rustbelt-white driven terms and Trump continues his failing "performance" and "leadership" in:
- defence, and
policy arenas there are other countries that Australia might need to rely on.
Half of Southeast Asia (eg. the Philippines) is steadily looking to China.
China is Australia's main trade partner that has already bought the Port of Darwin.