HAYNES: ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE: 1945 to 1973


HAYNES: ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE: 1945 to 1973

Peter Goodwin    Book Number: 92524    Product format: Hardback

Examining in detail her construction and restoration, and describing what it was like to live, work and go to war in a submarine, HMS Alliance, the diesel-electric submarine, is the standout part of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport and was launched in 1945 for naval service in the Far East. In this owners' workshop manual, maritime historian Peter Goodwin takes the reader through British submarine development from 1901 up to 1945 and explores the story and anatomy of Alliance as well as detailing how it was operated, equipped and manned. Learn how, in the lead up to the HMS Alliance, Prime Minister Winston Churchill requested a new submarine programme in June 1941 that would require a rapid construction of submarines to meet the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941. Discover how, during the development of the A-class submarines, air conditioning was included to help with the climatic conditions in the East where the boats were deployed and the navy experimented with a snort mast which permitted the submarine to run submerged under diesel power by drawing in air through a snorkel. Admire how Alliance was extensively modernised between 1958 and 1960 to meet the demands of the Cold War, making it quieter and less detectable by streamlining the hull to reduce water turbulence. The book offers a history of the weapons on HMS Alliance, from the typical 21-inch torpedo types of the first A-class boats, to embarking fish ('loading fish') which required very strict safety guidelines while embarking weapons or explosives and the Mk XXIII quick-firing 4-inch gun which was primarily used for defensive purposes but could also target enemy shipping. There are transcripts sharing the scripts for different protocols such as diving the boat at which point officers say: 'Diving stations, diving stations, open up the boat for diving./ Uncotter 1,2,3,4 and 5 main vents.' There are fantastic photos included in the manual which bring the submarine to life and offer insight into life under water, whether that is the control room with attack periscope and helm control station, or the cooking range and hot plates in the fore side of gallery and the officer's WC which has a flexible flushing hose and surrounding electrical cable runs. There are also stunning photographs of HMS Alliance itself, whether that is the submarine on trial near Barrow in August 1946 and alongside Freetown in Sierra Leone after a snorting trial patrol in 1947, or with a deck gun during service in the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation in 1965 and aground on Bembridge Ledge off the Isle of Wight on 13 January 1968. 8.4" x 10.9", black and white and colour images, 189pp.
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ISBN 9780857333896
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