By James Jinks,Peter Hennessy
'The Ministry of Defence doesn't remark upon submarine operations' is the traditional reaction of officialdom to enquiries concerning the such a lot secretive and mysterious of Britain's defense force, the Royal military Submarine carrier. Written with unparalleled co-operation from the provider itself and privileged entry to records and body of workers, The Silent Deep is the 1st authoritative historical past of the Submarine carrier from the tip of the second one global struggle to the current. It offers the main entire account but released of the advance of Britain's submarine fleet, its functions, its guns, its infrastructure, its operations and mainly - from the testimony of many submariners and the first-hand witness of the authors - what existence is like on board for the denizens of the silent deep.
Dramatic episodes are published for the 1st time: how HMS Warspite gathered intelligence opposed to the Soviet Navy's newest ballistic-missile-carrying submarine within the overdue Sixties; how HMS Sovereign made what's most likely the longest-ever path of a Soviet (or Russian) submarine in 1978; how HMS Trafalgar followed a really quiet Soviet 'Victor III', most likely commanded via a Captain referred to as 'the Prince of Darkness', in 1986. it is also the 1st complete account of submarine actions through the Falklands conflict. however it was once no longer all victories: confrontations with Soviet submarines resulted in collisions, and the level of losses to united kingdom and NATO submarine know-how from chilly conflict undercover agent scandals also are made extra undeniable the following than ever earlier than.
In 1990 the chilly battle ended - yet now not for the Submarine provider. considering that June 1969, it's been the final line of nationwide defence, with the notable accountability of sporting Britain's nuclear deterrent. the tale from Polaris to Trident - and now 'Successor' - is a vital subject of the publication. within the yr that it really is released, Russian submarines have once more been detected off the UK's shorelines. As Britain involves make a decision even if to resume its submarine-carried nuclear deterrent, The Silent Deep provides a necessary historic perspective.
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