The Submariners Association is an Association of serving and veteran submariners which seeks to maintain the special bonds of friendship, loyalty and comradeship, together with a pride in the Submarine Service, formed during service in HM Submarines.
The Submariners Association traces its roots back to a chance meeting between a group of Ex-Submariners in 1932. After a reunion dinner in Pompey, they decided to organise a similar event in London, leading to a well-attended reunion dinner at Carr’s Restaurant in the Strand in November 1933. Enthusiasm ran high, prompting the decision to form the Submarine Old Comrades Association. The association quickly gained momentum and events like Ladies’ Night, Reunion Dinners, and a Memorial Service became regular highlights. Lord Keyes served as President, and the membership boasted distinguished Admirals, all former Submarine Captains.
Initially, the association was open to those who had served in Submarines from 1914-1918. However, this criterion expanded to include service from 1902-1918, welcoming older Ex-Submariners. Admiralty recognition was granted in 1933, and the association continued to flourish until the outbreak of WWII, when activities were put on hold and the association entered a period of ‘Cold Storage.’
A post-war meeting at the ‘Surrey Tavern,’ organised by Reverend Bulstrode (Bish), drew many who had served in Submarines from 1939-1945. This marked a significant expansion of membership, opening the association to all Ex-Submariners.
Who can join us?
If you are you a UK submariner, young or old, seeking a community that shares your unique experiences and values? Look no further!
Why Join Us?
At the core of the Submariners Association lies a profound sense of camaraderie, it was borne during our service and continues after. We are individuals who understand the challenges and triumphs of submarine service. Our association is a tight-knit community where the bonds forged during service are not only preserved but celebrated. As a member, you become part of an exclusive circle that transcends time and generations.
Our branch meetings provide the perfect backdrop for casual chats and social occasions, where fellow submariners become lifelong friends. Enjoy meaningful conversations, share anecdotes, and gain friendships that last a lifetime.
The Submariners Association is dedicated to making a positive impact in our local communities. Membership extends beyond camaraderie; it’s an opportunity to contribute to charitable initiatives that uplift and support those in need. Participate in charitable work that resonates with our shared values. From local community projects to larger-scale initiatives, the association stands as a force for good, driven by the collective desire to make a difference.
Attend Memorable Events
The Submariners Association doesn’t just foster connections; it creates lasting memories through a diverse array of events. Whether you’re a fan of festive celebrations or sombre remembrances, our calendar is brimming with opportunities to come together. Join us for annual dinners, Trafalgar Night celebrations, and poignant remembrance parades.
Experience the pride of joining your fellow submariners’ as we parade at the Embankment or standing tall at the Cenotaph during the National service of remembrance. Of course, we also attend local remembrance events and parade our standard in respect at the Submariner’s Memorial at the National Arboretum.
Our association understands the importance of fostering a sense of community through relaxed and enjoyable gatherings. From summer barbecues to Christmas parties, there’s always an occasion to celebrate.
Unwind and Connect
Some branches have a summer barbecue, enjoying good food and great company. Others have Christmas Parties, whatever the event one thing remains true, we are submariners, and our pride and tradition runs deep in our veins. The Submariners Association is a guardian of these traditions, ensuring they endure for generations to come.
Membership is not just about joining an association; it’s about embracing submarine pride. As a member, you contribute to a legacy that spans over a hundred years and with your support it will continue for many more.
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Are you a serving or former UK Submariner then this is your Association.
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The Submariners Association is recognised by the MOD and has both Veteran and Serving Submariners on its board.