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War Hero
Found out the names of the new Trident Boats and am a bit underwhelmed :confused:
HMS Dreadnought, great, Valiant, great Warspite, good and King George VI, ???????
Have been many great/ inspireing names for Boats and Ships even with the same initial but this is a mishmash:(


War Hero
aren't they all first of class which is why they were named as above ??
HMS King George VI is a first of anything
Warspite was 2nd of The Queen Elizabeth class Battleships
Valiant was 4th of The Queen Elizabeth class Battleships
Dreadnought was Ist and only one of class


War Hero
aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh but.........................................

HMS Dreadnought the first of Britain's nuclear-powered submarines and only Dreadnought class

The sixth and most recent HMS Valiant was the second of Britain's nuclear-powered submarines, and the first of the two-unit Valiant class

The latest HMS Warspite was the third of Britain's nuclear-powered submarines, and the second (and final) of the Valiant class

So they were the 1st, 2nd and 3rd nukes

and King George the VI which throws the above theory out


War Hero
I think they've missed a trick with the King George name. Much better would have been Phil the Greek or whatever he call himself nowadays.
It would appear that (amidst other considerations) the Naming Committee were cunning in following a once-favoured application of apt biblical or classical quotations:

Ref. Matthew 20:16 "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."
King James Version (KJV)

1. Unlike the other three the last Trident boat (KGIV) shall be the first, and only one, of that class to bear a name never used by any previous RN Submarine.
2. Doubtless the Committee had many contenders for names but, for an SSBN class of only four, only a few could be chosen.

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