The Silent War (BBC4 Tue 18 Sept 2018)

Knotty

Lantern Swinger
#1
Can't believe that any of you soap dodgers didn't alert us to the fascinating programme about British, Soviet & American stories from the secret service during the cold war.

I'm sure that I saw a Killick Sparker I knew during Radio Operator Training.

It was a 1 hour programme (1 of 2) so can easily be watched on the iPlayer and I would highly recommend it.

Apologies if someone else advertised the programme on another thread but I clearly missed it!

ATB

Knots
 
#2
We were never there. It never happened.

Honest.

Billy. XXX

(and I was never chased around the Barents Sea by three heavily armed Nanuchkas either!)

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Knotty

Lantern Swinger
#3
But did you watch the programme Billy?

There was a piece about obtaining the signature of the Kiev which was quite cool.

I remember H.M.S. Plymouth being sent to shadow the Kiev and get our blue nose certificates whilst we were FCS1 or 2 during 1981 but I'm afraid I didn't get mine (nor did around another 59 of the crew) when we missed the ship sailing!

There seemed to be quite a few bottom lips trembling during some of the stories being told!!
 
#4
Yep. Watched it with interest.
1974-79 was my lukewarm wartime.
SM CO'S were a breed apart and the crew wavered on just the correct side of mentally unhinged. When it was quiet, it was quiet, but when it got really sneaky it could be fu**ing intense.
On the subject of noise hygiene, which was often referred to as "banging in the boat",
on one occasion the Control Room made a pipe "D'you hear there, there's banging in the boat...all compartments check and report"
You'd think it would have been something mechanical or perhaps something badly secured but no, not this time.
Turned out it was the night chef, battering the living shite out of bread dough in the galley, slinging it all over the place like some kind of demented pizza twirler.

"Royal Navy Hunter killer submarine sunk in the Barents Sea due to over enthusiastic kneading"

What a headline.
 
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#5
On the subject of noise hygiene, which was often referred to as "banging in the boat",
on one occasion the Control Room made a pipe "D'you hear there, there's banging in the boat...all compartments check and report"
You'd think it would have been something mechanical or perhaps something badly secured but no, not this time.
Turned out it was the night chef, battering the living shite out of bread dough in the galley, slinging it all over the place like some kind of demented pizza twirler.
I was 'detected' by the Sound Room doing squat thrusts on 3 deck! They made me stop! Ah well, back to bed then!
 
#8
After one successful patrol I was on in the late 70's we had to sign a form stating we'd never talk about it, the skipper got an OBE and a married accompanied lecture tour of the States and we got an extenders!!

Scroll forward to the present and the book The Silent Deep comes out and there's a whole chapter on it :oops::rolleyes:

Operation Agile Eagle, halfway through the book if you have a copy.
 
#10
After one successful patrol I was on in the late 70's we had to sign a form stating we'd never talk about it, the skipper got an OBE and a married accompanied lecture tour of the States and we got an extenders!!

Scroll forward to the present and the book The Silent Deep comes out and there's a whole chapter on it :oops::rolleyes:

Operation Agile Eagle, halfway through the book if you have a copy.
Ivy Bells rings a bell.
 
#11
But did you watch the programme Billy?

There was a piece about obtaining the signature of the Kiev which was quite cool.

I remember H.M.S. Plymouth being sent to shadow the Kiev and get our blue nose certificates whilst we were FCS1 or 2 during 1981 but I'm afraid I didn't get mine (nor did around another 59 of the crew) when we missed the ship sailing!

There seemed to be quite a few bottom lips trembling during some of the stories being told!!
We (Dido) were sent off to shadow the Kiev in 1980.
All pretty uneventful until our Captain decided to try to get a bit closer:

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One of Kiev's escorts (Kresta class cruiser) had a sense of humour failure:
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It came right across our bows, between us and the Kiev flashing a warning to "Stay away from the Kiev".
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Later on they chilled out and allowed us to get fairly close.

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Our Wasp got even closer - their FDO was signalling for him to land on the Kiev! o_O
 
#12
We played hide and seak under the ice, we hid very well and managed to find some metal whales, strange what you find up North.?
 

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