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Valiant (S102)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: SSN Group 2
Fate: Laid Up in Devonport
Valiant, was decommissioned at Devonport in 1994 due to cracks being discovered in the primary to secondary cooling system.

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HMS Valiant was affectionately known as the Skimmer Killer and was ordered from Vickers at Barrow on August 31 in 1960. Launched by Mrs Peter Thorneycroft she was commissioned into Royal Navy service on July 18 in 1966 at an estimated cost of 25.3m pound.

The new boat made a promising start and in April 1967 set a record submerged passage for a British submarine on the 12 000-mile (19,312 km) homeward voyage from Singapore which took 28 days.

HMS Valiant received a number of refits, including the capability to use the Harpoon missile. HMS Valiant took part in the Falklands War.

The boat's success had served as the template for the Resolution class ballistic submarine and subsequent Churchill class fleet submarines.

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Melvyn Whymark's Memories Of HMS Valiant
HMS Valiant's crew were pioneers of the nuclear age, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Russians beneath the ice of the Arctic Ocean. Melvyn Whymark, from Clacton, was one of the men who served aboard her.


22-01-1962 : Laid Down
03-12-1963 : Launched
18-07-1966 : Completed

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Conflicting route in the above which way did Valiant sail the 12,000 mines underwater. Top piece one way, later the opposite direction.
   Barlow, Albert Wed, 26 Apr 2017

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