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On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service (H/B)

Eric Thompson

One of the first ever memoirs by a Royal Navy nuclear submarine officer, this is the inside story of the men who ensured that 'Mutually Assured Destruction' was maintained at all times during the Cold War.

In his journey, the author leads the reader through top-secret submarine patrols, hush-hush scientific trials, underwater weapon developments, public relations battles with nuclear protesters, arm-wrestling with politicians and the changing roles of females and homosexuals in the Navy. It is essentially a human story, rich in both drama and comedy, like the Russian spy trawler that played dance music at passing submarines. There was never a dull moment.

Behind the lighter moments was a deadly serious game. This, the inside story of Britain's nuclear deterrent, reveals the secretive life of submarines and the men who served on them; they kept their watch, and by maintaining the threat of ‘Mutually Assured Destruction' helped keep Britain and the world safe.

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First ever memoir by a Royal Navy ballistic missile submarine officer, whose career spanned the entire Cold War. This book gives an insight into the secret world of deterrent submarine patrols During the Cold War, nuclear submarines performed the greatest public service of all: prevention of a third world war. History shows that they succeeded; the Cold War ended peacefully, but for security reasons, only now can this story be told. Eric Thompson 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 first sorties in World War II type submarines and ended up as the top engineer in charge of the navy's nuclear power plants. Along the way, he helped develop all manner of kit, from guided torpedoes to the Trident ballistic missile system. In this vivid personal account of his submarine operations, he reveals what it was like to literally have your finger on the nuclear button. In his journey, the author leads the reader through top-secret submarine patrols, hush-hush scientific trials, underwater weapon developments, public relations battles with nuclear protesters, arm-wrestling with politicians and the changing roles of females and homosexuals in the Navy. It is essentially a human story, rich in both drama and comedy, like the Russian spy trawler that played dance music at passing submarines. There was never a dull moment. Behind the lighter moments was a deadly serious game. This, the inside story of Britain's nuclear deterrent, reveals the secretive life of submarines and the men who served on them; they kept their watch, and by maintaining the threat of ‘Mutually Assured Destruction' helped keep Britain and the world safe.

ISBN: 9781612005713
Format: Hardback
Author(s): Eric Thompson
First Publishment Date: 28 February 2018

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  1. Highly Recommended review by Warship World reader PB on 25/11/2020

    If you like the thrills and spills of The Hunt for Red October or even some of the clichéd lines in Crimson Tide, then this book could very much be one for your collection. On her Majesty’s Nuclear Service reads like a thriller from its first dramatic open lines onboard the nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Revenge as it suffers what could have been a disastrous mechanical failure in the face of Soviet Block enemy forces. Readers under the age of 50 will probably have little comprehension of the state of fear we all lived under during the years of the Cold War when nuclear war was just a heartbeat away from becoming a reality, but the author successfully conveys the tension and the depths to which NATO and the Soviet Block would push each other in those long years between 1945 and 1989.
    The author tells a convincing and at times heart stopping tale of his life aboard the Royal Navy boomer boats of the Polaris fleet, but he had joined the Silent Service just after the end of World War Two and this excellent book charts his career from those early conventionally powered submarines to his promotion through the ranks to become one of the Royal Navy’s top nuclear engineers in charge of keeping Great Britain’s nuclear deterrent at sea and ready at all times.




    Along the way Eric Thompson charts the progress of Britain’s undersea warriors and has an occasional dig at politicians who chose to use the Royal Navy as a political football. Tales of torpedoes, CND protestors, gays and women, Polaris, atomic reactors, and Trident ICBMs are all contained within the pages of this autobiography.
    This book is highly recommended, not just for the detail and historical perspective it gives, but also for the lightness of the writing. This reviewer could almost sense Eric Thompson smiling wryly as he put his memories down on paper or computer screen.

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