Yet another submariner memoir due out in June

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    Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner


    19 Jun 2014

    The part played in the Cold War by the Royal Navy's submarines still retains a great degree of mystery and, in the traditions of the 'Silent Service,' remains largely shrouded in secrecy. Cold War Command brings us as close as is possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines, routinely tasked to hunt out and covertly follow Soviet submarines in order to destroy them should there be any outbreak of hostilities. Dan Conley takes the reader through his early career in diesel submarines, prior to his transition to the complex and very demanding three-dimensional world of operating nuclear submarines; he describes the Royal Navy's shortcomings in ship and weapons procurement and delivers many insights into the procurement failures which led to the effective bankrupting of the Defence budget in the first decade of the 21st century. In command of the hunter killer submarines Courageous and Valient in the 1980s, he achieved exceptional success against Soviet submarines at the height of the Cold War. He was also involved in the initial deployment of the Trident nuclear weapon system, and divulges hitherto un-revealed facets of nuclear weapons strategy and policy during this period. This gripping read takes you on board a nuclear submarine and into the depths of the ocean, and relays the excitement and apprehensions experienced by British submariners confronted by a massive Soviet Navy.

    Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner: Dan Conley: Books

  2. I actually served with Dan Conley when he was a junior officer in boats. He must have bucked up a bit after I knew him but he never did get round to spelling Valiant correctly.
  3. I think the time is ripe for a sonar based book, exposing the ugly under-belly of the nuclear submarine sonar maintainers' tasks; how we'd battle on in inumane conditions, physically exhausted and with red rimmed eyes, trying desperately to keep the mechanical parts of 2001 turning and burning............

    Especially burning!
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  4. Insomniacs will be queuing around the block to get their hands on that. No need for the sonar equivalent of War & Peace just a short chapter should be enough. I will even supply a last line for you(no charge). "I left the sound room to deal with it and got my head down"
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  5. I might write one and call it "Don't tell Fwd".

    It'll be a list of all the undeclared back aft defects that were covered by weak excuses to the control room as to why we were suddenly limited in revs.

    It will also include the battle of wills between the MEO and WEO as to who was going to crack first and own up to a defect requiring us to go alongside, and the winner then declaring "if we're going alongside for that problem we may as well have this one looked at" :)
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  6. You have NO experience of 2001, do you? :)

    The last bit is only true when relating to the (in)famous 'noisy beams' where the trick was to identify the beam, remove the amp, retie to mess for a coffee, come back to Cab Space, re-insert amp, then bimble up to the sound room only to find the beam was 'tons better, cheers S_B' :)
  7. Only 18 months worth. But it worked perfectly throughout. The SB wore out three sleeping bags though.

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