HM/SM Alliance

alliancealliancve rumPrince William, who is Commodore-in-Chief for Submarines, visited HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire.  The Alliance has just completed a Seven million pounds sterling restoration and is the only surviving British World War Two submarine. It is part of the Submarine Museum at Gosport, alongside what was once the main submarine training base HMS Dolphin. The prince was invited to down a tot of neat rum, which he managed in true Navy fashion.My interest is the fact that I too have downed a few tots aboard Alliance.  I served aboard her briefly in 1962 as spare crew when she was part of the Devonport Squadron. The A class boats were my favorite and I served on a total of three, Amphion, Alcide and Alliance. I also sailed on two T class, Taciturn and Totem, didn`t like them as much as the A`s. In fact I never felt completely comfortable diving in a T boat. I think my concerns may have been justified as the Totem (as the Israel Navy submarine Dakar) some three years later sank in the Mediterranean with the loss of all hands. However, it was easy to disregard the risks and dangers in the submarine service because the comradeship was the very best in the Royal Navy. That is probably true of all submariners of all Navies through the ages. Although I can`t comment on the modern submarine fleets, it could possibly be a little different today on these huge modern nuclear boats with larger crews. Nevertheless, I have great memories of wonderful shipmates and a unique pride of service in one of the Worlds elite Naval branches. Bravo Zulu to all past and serving submariners. Rums up!!!!

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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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