Intriguing insight into Cold War submarine operations told for first time in talk at Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

Valiant class submarine HMS Warspite

Attached image shows Valiant-class HMS Warspite which collided with a Soviet submarine in 1968

 
The challenges faced by the Submarine Service during the Cold War  between the-then Soviet Union and NATO during the 20th century is the focus of a talk by award- winning naval author Iain Ballantyne at the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.
 
Iain will talk about the challenges faced by the service, when the West’s triumph over the Soviet Union was by no means certain.  He will outline the scale of the threat posed by the Soviet submarine force and pays tribute to “The Hidden Victory” and the key role played by Britain’s submarines and submariners in achieving it. 
 
Taking place on Thursday 17th July at 7pm, “Hunter Killers”, named after Ballantyne’s recently published book of the same name, considers the Cold War under the waves through the eyes of British submarines captains who lived their lives in the shadows. 
 
It tells of the scrapes and tangles between the Soviet Union and NATO forces from the English Channel to the Arctic Ocean often told for the first time.  Iain explains: “I wrote Hunter Killers to ensure their remarkable achievement was not white-washed from history. “
 
Sharing the platform with Iain for a subsequent Q&A session will be panel Chairman Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement KCB OBE, currently Chairman of the Royal Navy Submarines Museum, who during his 35 year service commanded two submarines and oversaw the attack on the Belgrano from HMS Conqueror during the Falklands War. 
 
He will be joined by two former submariners. Commander Rob Forsyth, who commanded the diesel submarine HMS Alliance during the Cold War and also served as Teacher on the famed Perisher course and was Captain of the nuclear-powered hunter killer submarine HMS Sceptre. Cdr Forsyth was Executive Officer of a ballistic missile submarine during the early 1970s  
 
Michael Pitkeathly served as a senior rating in various submarines during the Cold War, including HMS Superb and HMS Courageous. Michael was awarded an MBE for his work in preserving Courageous, which is today open to the public at Devonport Naval Base.
 
Tickets cost £10 per person and are available online at www.submarine.museum.co.uk or by telephoning the Royal Navy Submarine Museum 023 9254 5036
 

Umbra Crew

Crew of the HMS Umbra.