'Fleet Submarine' (SSN


Valiant Class

'Fleet Submarine' SSN

Pennant No.:

Laid Down:
22nd January 1962.
Vickers, Barrow-in-Furness.

18th July 1966.
Cdr. P.G.M. Herbert.

Nov. 1964 - 1968
Cdr. P.G.M. Herbert.
Apr. 1968 - 1971
Cdr. G.R. King.
1971 - 1973
Cdr. R.J. Husk.
1982 - ????
Cdr. T. Le Marchand.
1984 - ????
Cdr. D. Conley.
???? - ????
Captain John Francis Coward

14 Officers and 96 Ratings.

Service Career:
1966 - 1970
3rd Sqdn, HMS Maidstone.Faslane.
1970 - 1972
Refit - Chatham.
1972 - 1978
2nd Sqdn, Devonport.
1978 - 1980
Refit - Chatham.
1980 - 1986
3rd Sqdn, Faslane (1982Falklands).
1986 - 1988
Refit - Rosyth.
1988 - 1994
3rd Sqdn, Faslane.

Valiant completed a wholly submerged journey from Singapore on the 25th April 1967, this was a record underwater voyage for any British submarine at the time.
On her outward journey she had only surfaced once at Mauritius.

Her first commission was completed in 1970 and she was refitted at Chatham Dockyard.
Her second commission commenced on the 12th May 1972 in the 2nd Squadron at Devonport.
Prior to the end of her second commission whe was part of the 1977 Fleet Review, her second refit was also at Chatham Dockyard.
The third commission commenced in 1980 and she later took part in the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

Valiants third refit took place at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland and she recommissioned in 1989.
She was in service longer than any other of the early nuclear boats.

During a return journey from the States in 1994 she developed engine problems and she was paid off in August of 1994.
She was laid up at Devonport, it is/was intended that once her reactor core is/was removed that she should be raised out of the water and placed on public display.