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The Submarine

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During the early 1950's the Americans developed a nuclear propulsion plant for installation into a nuclear submarine and in doing so, made Dreadnought the very first true submarine of its type.  Previous types of boats were really only submersibles which had to surface or snort for air. These had limited dived duration and short range.  Admittedly the snort system eased the problem of fresh air but they were still limited severely in range and speed.  The introduction of a Nuclear Submarine was to change all this by injecting a complete change in submarine underwater warfare.

Towards the end of the 1950's an agreement was signed between Great Britain and the United States which enable Great Britain to purchase a Nuclear Power Plant complete based on the US Navy's "SkipJack" class S/M.  This transfer of technology was fitted into a submarine to be built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Armstrong Limited who had a vast experience in submarine building. The name designated to this first nuclear submersible was to be "DREADNOUGHT".  Dreadnought was always recognisable by her folding fore-plane silhouette and internally having two languages in system handbooks - American terminology back aft and Brit terminology forward .

The "DREADNOUGHT" before her had been revolutionary in design at the time and this new one was to be even more so.  "DREADNOUGHT" was to be the ninth Man - of - War to bear this name.  Soon, another Dreadnought shall grow.

HMS DREADNOUGHT marked an important milestone in the history of the Royal Navy. Upon her commissioning in 1962, the Royal Navy entered the nuclear age and Cold War. HMS Dreadnought was the epitome of the modern hunter killer submarine and Britain became only the third nation in the world to possess such a deadly weapon. In her 20 years of service, Dreadnought made history on numerous occasions. She became the first British nuclear submarine to surface at the North Pole and became the first to sail underwater all the way to Singapore.

 

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 HMS DREADNOUGHT

 

                                            

Keel laid in Barrow-in-Furness:   12th June 1959

                                            

Launched:                               21st October 1960

Commissioned:                             April 1963

Displacement:                       3,000 tons standard

                                           3,500 surfaced

                                           4,000 dived

                                           265.5 Ft long

                                           32.25 Ft beam

                                           26 Ft draught

Tubes:                                  6 x 21" Bow

Compliment:                         88

Speed:                                 >20Knts

                                           

At anchor in Lamlash Bay