Who was Wolfgang Luth?

Introduction Wolfgang Lüth (15 October 1913 to 14 May 1945) was the second most successful German U-boat captain of World War II. His career record of 46 merchant ships plus the French submarine Doris sunk during 15 war patrols, with a total tonnage of 225,204 gross register tons (GRT), was second only to that of… Read More


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

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

Royal Navy Recruitment Statistics for Submariner Roles (2011-2012)

In the training year 2011/12 there were 723 applications for Royal Navy Ratings Submarine roles. Of these applications: 28% were rejected: 4% for failing eligibility criteria; 15% for failing the RT psychometric test; 1 % at interview; 1 % for fitness; and 7% for medical reasons. 25% voluntarily withdrew their application. 25% went on to enter… Read More