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1954 - 1958: Stickleback Class

The Stickleback class submarines were midget submarines of the Royal Navy initially ordered as improved versions of the older XE Craft submarines.

The Royal Navy may have intended to use these craft to carry a 2 ton nuclear mine (based around the Red Beard weapon) into the approaches to the Soviet naval base at Kronstadt. The project was unsuccessful as there were problems finding and paying for the necessary fissile material.

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