THE COLD WAR YEARS
The Royal Navy submarine service played a crucial role in the Cold War, providing a powerful deterrent against potential enemies.
Submarines had been used in the First and Second World Wars, but they were even more important during the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear war was always looming.
The Royal Navy’s fleet of submarines was made up of both diesel and nuclear-powered vessels.
The diesel-powered submarines were used mainly for patrols in the North Atlantic, while the nuclear-powered submarines were used for more secretive operations, such as reconnaissance and gathering intelligence.
The Royal Navy’s submarines were a key component of the UK’s nuclear deterrent. They were equipped with Polaris missiles, which could be launched from the depths of the ocean and reach targets anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes.
This gave the UK a powerful and flexible nuclear capability, which was essential during the Cold War.
The Royal Navy’s submariners faced a unique set of challenges during the Cold War. They had to live and work in cramped and uncomfortable conditions, often for months at a time. They also had to contend with the psychological strain of being isolated underwater for long periods of time.