LAST DIESEL SUBMARINE IN COMMISSION

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    Lawrie Phillips
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    In 1995 the Royal Navy changed from running two Submarine Command Courses (nuclear and diesel) to one which was exclusively nuclear. SCC 1/95 was the first nuclear-only course. All-nuclear XOs desig as well as COs desig were thereafter to be command qualified. Does this mean that all remaining diesel boats in commission were commanded by officers who qualified before 1995? Does anyone know which was the last RN patrol submarine in commission and when she paid off?
    I am trying to determine a date on which to peg an entry for the next edition of The Royal Navy Day by Day.
    Lawrie Phillips

    #12902
    Frank Scott
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    The last of the Oberon class paid off in 1993, so the last conventionally powered /non-nuclear submarines in RN service must have been one of the very short-lived & troubled Upholder class some time in 1994. However, I suspect that some would argue that the Oberon class were the last class of conventional submarines to be genuinely operational in the Royal Navy.

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    Frank Scott
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    Everything that I can turn up points to HMS Unicorn being the last conventional submarine in RN service.

    According to the RCN website for HMCS Windsor (ex-HMS Unicorn), HMS Unicorn paid off from RN service 16 Oct 1994. Since she had only been commissioned 25 June 1993 her RN life was very short.

    Given that the RN only had nuclear boats after 25 Oct 1994 it would seem that the change to an exclusively nuclear command course (perisher) from SCC 1/95 was inevitable.

    Ref:
    http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/fleet-units/windsor-history.page

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