Submarine Service

Stealth. Endurance. Flexibility. These qualities make our Submarine Service the best in the world. Our boats operate silently and unhindered, whether they’re patrolling the oceans or carrying the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

The role of the Submarine Service

Since 1968Royal Navy submarines have patrolled the world’s oceans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, upholding a mission of continuous at-sea deterrence which began at the height of the Cold War. As the current Vanguard-class submarines reach the end of their lifecycle, they will be replaced by a fearsome new breed of nuclear submarine: the Dreadnought class.


Dreadnought-class submarines will be the largest ever built for the Royal Navy. As well as state-of-the-art weapons systems, they will contain dedicated study areas, gym facilities and an innovative lighting system that emulates day and night.

Being a part of the Submarine Service

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Chef (Submariner)

You can’t beat the buzz of working in a kitchen – especially when you’re 200 metres underwater! Living in such close quarters means we’re a tight-knit team, and a good meal is a sure-fire way to boost morale.

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