Working in the nuclear missile compartment of a Royal Navy Polaris submarine

John Andrews joined the Royal Navy in 1981 and went on to serve aboard the HMS Repulse, one of the UK’s Polaris nuclear missile submarines from 1982.

His role was Missile Compartment Control Patrol which included security of the nuclear missile compartment as well as assisting in the maintenance of the missile tubes and the nuclear missiles themselves. 

John shares details of life aboard the ship including missile launch tests, alcohol, practical jokes, escape procedures from a submerged submarine and many more.

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This episode was recorded at the Hack Green Nuclear Bunker Soviet Threat event so you will hear some background noise, but  I am delighted to welcome John Andrews to our Cold War conversation…

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