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.
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.