Meeting: Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations

Speaker: Chris Munns

Wednesday Date 10th June 2020; 7:30 pm

Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 0QY


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The British Modern Military History Society will this month be hosting a presentation given by Chris Munns, former Captain of the nuclear attack submarine HMS Courageous.

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations

The post WW2 transition to nuclear power and development of the British submarine capability. Cooperation with the United Sates. The deterrent programme and Polaris.  The growing Soviet submarine capability and threat. The development of RN submarine strategy and tactics to counter it. The ‘end’ of the Cold War and post script. 
RN Cold War Submarine Ops
HMS Courageous

Perisher Course

The Royal Navy’s training course for prospective Submarine Commanding Officers is recognised as one of the most intense military training schemes anywhere in the world. Candidates chosen for the course have at this point reached the highest position possible before taking command.

Soviet TU 142
Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
HMS Oracle at the North Pole
Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
HMS Courageous
We recognise the current issues and concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and at this stage it is with considerable regret that we have decided to CANCEL this BMMHS event.
We plan to reorganise the cancelled talks at later dates and will post details on the BMMHS website and Facebook once things become clearer.
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Event Details and Entry Cost​

When we host Meetings in Woodcote Village Hall, entry cost is just £8, payable (cash only) on the door.  This includes your entry ticket to the talk, a Q & A, refreshments (beer, wine, soft drinks) and light snacks (sandwiches etc.).  At each talk, we also make a contribution to a military related charity of our speaker’s choice. We also hold a raffle at each talk.

Doors open at 7:00pm and talks are scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. Entrance to the main hall is via the main entrance on the Reading Road in Woodcote.

Car parking is available on site, but can get quite busy. Disabled parking and access to the hall is available. 

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We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting.

Meeting Venue: Woodcote Village Hall​

Woodcote Village Hall
Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, Oxon. RG8 0QY
Woodcote Village Hall

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The Soviet Presence

Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
Soviet TU 142
Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
Soviet Alfa Class Submarine
Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
Soviet Akula Class Submarine

Biographical notes – Chris Munns

Chris Munns joined the Royal Navy in 1971 and the Submarine Service in 1975. He served in diesel, nuclear powered and nuclear armed Polaris submarines before undertaking the Submarine Command Course in 1983. He commanded the diesel powered submarine HMS Oracle and subsequently the nuclear powered attack submarine HMS Courageous.  He also spent two years training and qualifying submarine commanding officers. 
Cold War Royal Navy Submarine operations
HMS Courageous with Wasp

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