HMS Resolution: A Submarine Out of Water

For those of you who have never seen a submarine ‘out of water’, here are a few pictures of HMS Resolution (S22), lead ship of the Royal Navy’s Resolution-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in service from 1966 to 1994 (Released under FOI2014/05595). Advertisements

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New Royal Navy SMERAS Training Complex to Open in March 2021

Introduction Submariners are now using a state-of-the-art escape and rescue complex to prepare them should disaster strike. Background No Royal Navy submariner has been forced to abandon a boat in nearly 50 years. But the generations of crews have still been trained to leave a stricken submarine, rise to the surface and await rescue. The… Read More

Dolphins for Submariners

Those who commit to joining the family that is the Silent Service will, from now on, receive a new badge. The inaugural Training Dolphins have been issued to rookie submariners – a badge they will swap for a gold emblem when they complete their demanding instruction and become fully-fledged deeps. Up to now, those joining… Read More

What is the Impact of the Occupational Environment of a Submerged Submarine on Cardiometabolic Health of Royal Navy Submariners?

When on patrol, submariners spend several months submerged and isolated. They work shifts, endure a disrupted pattern of sleep, and eat a restricted diet. Space for physical activity is limited and there is no exposure to natural sunlight. Surprisingly, none of these seems to have a deleterious effect on biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk (Gunner et… Read More

Down the Hatch: Submarine Blunder, Nearly

In June this year a £2.4 billion Indian nuclear submarine nearly sank after a hatch was left open. But this is not the only costly submarine error this year. The arrival of Spain’s new diesel-electric Isaac Pera submarine class, was delayed because it was 75 tonnes too heavy. Although the ability to sink quickly to… Read More

What was Operation Sandblast?

25 April 1960 – First submerged circumnavigation of the Earth was completed by a Triton submarine. Operation Sandblast was the code name for the first submerged circumnavigation of the world executed by the United States Navy nuclear-powered radar picket submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) in 1960 while under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach, USN.… Read More

70th Anniversary of the PLA Navy

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and, today, 23 April 2019 is the 70th founding anniversary of the PLA Navy. In recent decades, China has undertaken a series of reforms to modernise its military. It has boosted its submarine force over the last 20 years, building… Read More