The Silent Deep: The Royal Navy Submarine Service Since 1945
Saturday 25 March 2017
Oxford Martin School: Lecture TheatreVenue
Historians Lord Peter Hennessy and James Jinks talk about their new book – the first authoritative history of the Submarine Service between the end of World War II and today.
Submarine operations are notoriously secretive but Hennessy and Jinks enjoyed unprecedented co-operation from the Submarine Service and privileged access to documents and personnel. They give dramatic insight into life on board a submarine and reveal for the first time details about many submarine operations, including during the Falklands War; how HMS Warspite gathered intelligence against a Soviet ballistic-missile-carrying submarine in the late 1960s; and how HMS Sovereign made the longest-ever trail of a Soviet submarine in 1978.
Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, a crossbench peer and a former lobby correspondent. Jinks completed his PhD under Hennessy. He is author of 50 Years of the Polaris Sales Agreement and is working on a history of the British nuclear deterrent.