A variety concert performed by members of the ship's company of HMS ANDREW on 30th November 1969 during a NATO submarine v submarine exercise. Consisting of musical performances, comedic songs, poetry recitals and speech all themed with St Andrew's Day.
Life on a submarine can often be boring. Periods of time are spent underwater, the men are often inactive with limited sense of passing time. One way to break the boredom was for the crew to assemble their various talents for a variety show, to be performed live or broadcast over the boats internal speaker system. Reflecting a military tradition of comedy in the relief of boredom and tension during front line service, the broadcast harks back to a tradition of concert parties or in print "Wipers Times", yet contain elements of the "Navy Lark" and "Goon Show" popular at the time of recording. It is incredibly rare for a recording of one of these shows to survive. This concert was recorded by the Weapons Electrical Officer on HMS ANDREW in 1969.
This tape was recorded using a hand held microphone and the Wireless Office tape recorder. It was recorded on 30th November (St Andrew's Night) 1969, during a NATO submarine versus submarine exercise in the North Atlantic. In this exercise, HMS ANDREW was up against HMS ORACLE, a state-of-the-art diesel-powered submarine (SSK); HMS VALIANT, the first all-British-designed, nuclear-powered, hunter-killer submarine (SSN); and the USS NAUTILUS, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. As ANDREW was completely outclassed by this opposition, her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander M J R Tuohy, Royal Navy, decided to go 'deep and quiet' on 30th November to hold her concert. This 'tactic' utterly baffled the exercise analysts who could not explain why the rather noisy HMS ANDREW had simply disappeared for twenty-four hours.