British officer served as engineer with Submarine Service, Royal Navy in GB, 1984-1991
REEL 1 Background in London and Leamington Spa, GB, 1960-1978: family; education. Recollections of period as officer cadet and midshipman with Royal Navy in GB, 1978-1983: taking university cadetship scheme with Royal Navy; pattern of training at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; duties aboard HMS Signet in Northern Irish waters; studying mechanical engineering at Southampton University; activities during summer breaks; decision to volunteer as submariner; training at Royal Naval Engineering College at HMS Maladon, Plymouth; further engineering training; training on nuclear reaction at Royal Naval College, Greenwich; detailed description of how nuclear reactor works.
REEL 2 Continues: Recollections of period as engineer officer with Submarine Service in Royal Navy in GB, 1984-1991: how power from nuclear reactor is used aboard submarine; operating submarine nuclear reactor at sea; joining submarine HMS Turbulent for part three training; learning nuclear submarine routines; use of simulators at HM Naval Base Faslane; composition of engineer team aboard nuclear submarine; duties as assistant nuclear engineer; drafting to stand by submarine HMS Tireless under construction at Barrow-in-Furness; sea trialling submarine HMS Tireless; further details of how nuclear reactor is used aboard submarine; method of extending life of submarine’s nuclear reactor.
REEL 3 Continues: method of containing radiation on board submarine; length of patrols; character of life on board; food and difficulty of exercise; awareness of position in hunter killer submarines; joining of HMS Talent on commissioning, 1988; reasons for leaving Royal Navy, 1991; impact of submarine service on domestic life; question of opportunities for engineers; medical services available on board; ‘silent running’ on patrol'