Royal Navy Submariners recently welcomed their loved ones to their workplace when HMS VENGEANCE held a families’ day at the home of the Submarine Service. HMS VENGEANCE which is the fourth and final of the Vanguard Class submarines operated by the Royal Navy and base-ported at HMNB Clyde – opened her hatches and welcomed over 200 family members onboard for a guided tour. 

Family members and loved ones travelled from all over the UK including Liverpool, Cornwall, Leeds, and Hampshire and ranged in age from two to eighty-two. 

After being fed and entertained in the HMS NEPTUNE Supermess, families were taken to the submarine for a guided tour. Not only were they shown where their loved ones eat, sleep and live while they are deployed, they were given demonstrations of some of the sophisticated equipment onboard, including sonar and optronics systems in the control room. Wannabe submariners could even try a fire-fighting suit or a submarine escape suit for size during the tour.

The life on board HM Submarines is a challenging and rewarding one. The conditions our personnel live and work in is difficult to explain. Giving the crew the opportunity to show their families where they live and work when deployed is extremely important and something we on HMS VENGEANCE feel strongly about.

Lt Cdr Ian Coe

Families play a vital role in the deployment and support of HM Submarines and are just as key to operational success as the sailors onboard.  He continued, It is important that they feel involved and see where their loved ones spend their time when deployed at sea. It also gives our sailors the opportunity to say thank you to our families, whose support is vital in maintaining the morale of personnel onboard.

Chief Petty Officer Davis

Our Vanguard class submarines – the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent force – are continually in operation: patrolling the world’s oceans undetected, ready to strike at any time. HMS VENGEANCE was launched in September 1998 and commissioned in November 1999.

Images showing family members being shown round HMS VENGEANCE

Sent by: Royal Navy, Communications & Influence (RNCI) Regional Press Office (Scotland & Northern Ireland), HM Naval Base Clyde.

HMNBC 16/24 Monday, 8 July 2024