Commanding a Royal Navy Polaris Nuclear Missile Submarine (168)

    Our conversation with Rob Forsyth continues with his posting as a Lieutenant Commander or second in command to HMS Repulse, a Polaris nuclear missile. We hear in detail the challenges of command on these boats, their launch procedures and the conversations Rob had with his captain about the circumstances when they might refuse … Read more

Royal Navy Diesel Submarine officer during the 1960s and 70s

      Rob Forsyth joined the Royal Navy in 1961. By March 1962 as a young officer, he joined HMS Auriga a 1945 vintage diesel submarine. Within 7 months the 22-year-old was loading live torpedoes and preparing for a war mission during the tense days of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Robs tell of many … Read more

On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Submarine Service

    Commodore Eric Thompson MBE is the author of the book “On Her Majesty’s Nuclear Service. He is a career nuclear submarine officer who served from the first days of the Polaris missile boats until after the end of the Cold War. He joined the Navy in the last days of Empire, made his … Read more

Cold War Royal Navy submarine missions

    Today we speak with Ian Ballantyne, the author of “Hunter Killers”, also known as “Undersea Warriors” in the United States. Hunter Killers’ tells the incredible, true inside story of the Royal Navy’s Cold War beneath the waves. Buy the book and support the podcast on the link below. We talk about the forgotten … Read more

Life on a Polaris Nuclear Missile Submarine

  As a restless and adventurous 18-year-old, Richard Humphreys joined the submarine service in 1985 and went on to serve aboard the nuclear deterrent for five years at the end of the Cold War. Buy the book here and support the podcast. Now before we start his story as I’d like to tell you about … Read more

70 – In deepest secrecy: Cold War Dutch submarine espionage

  During the Cold War, six Dutch submarines secretly gathered intelligence about the Soviet Navy. Only a handful of people outside the Royal Netherlands Navy were aware of these operations, as they were not NATO operations. Thanks to  our latest financial supporters Victor Osprey, Joe Collins, Eric Telander and Andrew Tyler  who are helping us … Read more

54 – Canucks Hunt For Red October

  Colonel Terry Chester spent a good portion of his RCAF career hunting for Soviet Submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic area’s of operation.   He was instrumental in the design criteria for sub hunting capability’s when Canada procured the, then new Aurora, for anti-submarine hunting in the early 1980’s. Terry has great stories to … Read more

35 – The man who owns a Soviet Submarine

Welcome to Episode 35 of Cold War Conversations. Thanks to Wayne Sherwood who left another 5 star review on Itunes. Your reviews on itunes, or alternative podcast platforms as well as your posts on social media helps raise the profile and helps us get new guests. Today we talk with John Sutton who owns a … Read more