Thursday, 1 September 2011

Royal Naval Submarine Museum

HMS Alliance

Launched in 1945, HMS Alliance was one of fourteen ‘A’ class submarines built for service in the Far East during World War 2. Commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1947 Alliance had a long and distinguished career of over 28 years that took her all over the world. Alliance is the centrepiece of the Museum and is the official memorial to the courageous men who fought in similar boats for the freedom we enjoy today. The submarine experience is brought to life by a guided tour enhanced by the first hand experiences of retired submariners, many of whom served in this class of boat.

Royal Naval Submarine Museum

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The Royal Naval Submarine Museum allows you to trace the history of submarine development from the age of Alexander the Great to the present day.

The submarine tour starts with a film show showing the history of the Submarine service followed by a guided tour of HMS Alliance. You can then visit the Holland 1, the Royal Navy's first submarine, which is under conservation in her tank. There are also torpedoes, guns and missiles to see.

HMS Alliance, the submarine you can go on board, was commissioned in 1947 and allows you to experience life on board a submarine. You can look through the periscopes of HMS Conqueror towards Portsmouth Harbour. There is even an opportunity to be a Captain in the trainer control room. There are galleries telling of the history of the submarines and how nuclear physics drive today’s submarines.
There is a gift shop and picnic area as well as a restaurant. There is a remembrance corner which commemorates those who gave their lives to the submarine service. It includes their medals and tells of how 14 Victoria Crosses were awarded.

HMS Alliance is slowly reappearing
The new for'ard gangway ready to go in

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