• Short Summary

    CREW MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH NAVY'S SECOND POLARIS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE, H.M.S. RENOWN, WILL BEGIN TRAINING?

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    CREW MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH NAVY'S SECOND POLARIS NUCLEAR SUBMARINE, H.M.S. RENOWN, WILL BEGIN TRAINING NEXT MONTH AT THE NEW ROYAL NAVY POLARIS SCHOOL AT FASLANE, OFF THE FIRTH OF CLYDE, IN SCOTLAND. THE SCHOOL WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON THURSDAY, THE 30TH JUNE.

    THE POLARIS SCHOOL IS THE FIRST MAJOR PROJECT TO BE COMPLETED FOR THE BRITISH NAVAL BALLISTIC MISSILE SYSTEM. WORK BEGAN ON THE SCHOOL IN NOVEMBER 1963, AND THE NAVY OCCUPIED THE MAIN BUILDING IN AUGUST LAST YEAR. FROM THEN ON TECHNICIANS WORKED "ROUND THE CLOCK" SEVEN DAYS A WEEK TO HAVE THE SCHOOL COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE.

    AT THE SCHOOL, HIGHLY SKILLED SPECIALISTS IN ADVANCED ELECTRONICS WILL TRAIN NAVAL OFFICERS AND MEN TO CONTROL THE SOPHISTICATED COMPLEX OF COMPUTERS WHICH ARE THE HEART OF THE POLARIS NUCLEAR MISSILE SYSTEM. WITHIN THE MAIN BUILDINGS ARE MANY CLASSROOMS AND TRAINING AREAS, EACH SPECIALLY EQUIPPED TO SIMULATE THE OPERATION OF THE MISSILES.

    THE POLARIS SUBMARINE WITH ITS SYSTEM OF MISSILES LAUNCHED FROM UNDER THE SEA WAS DEVELOPED IN THE UNITED STATES. THE SUBMARINES HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS VIRTUALLY INVULNERABLE TO ENEMY ATTACK AND THEIR MISSILES AS CAPABLE OF PENETRATING ANY AREA -- EVEN THOSE PROTECTED BY BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEMS.

    THE FIRST AMERICAN SUBMARINES WENT TO SEA IN 1959. THE ATOMIC-POWERED SUBMARINES CAN FIRE THEIR MISSILES FROM EITHER ABOVE OR BELOW THE WATER LINE. BRITAIN'S FIRST POLARIS SUBMARINE, H.M.S. RESOLUTION, IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN HER SEA TRIALS NEXT YEAR. RENOWN IS EXPECTED TO BE THE NEXT COMPLETED, WHILE TWO MORE BRITISH POLARIS SUBMARINES, H.M.S.'S REVENGE AND REPULSE, ARE IN AN EARLIER STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5RJDWAX1919GXTV5PLYJT6S37
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RJDWAX1919GXTV5PLYJT6S37
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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