Fictional account of life aboard an ‘O’ class submarine HMS Orca. Life aboard conventional submarines were cramped, claustrophobic, damp, dirty. Food and the odd movie are their only distractions. Yet they relish their “pirate image” and are intensely proud of being submariners. Their “routine” running period turns into an action packed adventure full of hairy incidents, fun, and the odd frolic. Setting sail from Portsmouth they jump in at the deep end, their adrenalin pumping, and the action starting from the off. Touching and rare portrait of the peacetime RN submarine service in the 1960-70s operating around the UK.
As you read this, a classified number of the Royal Navy’s deadly nuclear submarines lurk undetected in the depths of the world’s oceans. Completely self-sufficient for months at a time, they lie in wait, ready to watch, listen, intercept or attack wherever they may be needed, from the Mediterranean coast of Libya, to the ice caps of the Arctic. And should the UK be devastated by a nuclear strike, they might just be the last military force standing. Because of this they carry the Letter of Last Resort, a handwritten document from the Prime Minister outlining what form of action should be taken.
Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Danny Danziger has been allowed unprecedented access to one of the attack class submarines of the ‘silent service’, joining the crew on operations, living among them and hearing their stories. This book is the result of his experience, and provides a fascinating insight into the lives of those whose job it is to man the Uk’s most formidable weapons system. Unrestricted and uncompromising, it paints a vivid picture of this enigmatic branch of our armed forces.