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SSBN Weapons

27 December 2016

…are in the care of Lieutenant Emma Yearling RN, seen here at HM Naval Base Clyde, the navy’s submarine base near Glasgow. An ‘SSBN’ – a Trident nuclear deterrent submarine – is always at sea, no-one knows where, to make it plain to any would-be aggressor against our country that attacking us just isn’t worth it. A grim stand-off to be sure – but until all nuclear weapons have been abolished and scrapped (what any sane person must hope for) a necessary one – though of course not everyone buys that. Talking with MFUK for ‘Shescape’, it’s clear Emma does. She plainly relishes the challenge of her work, though it means months away at sea on submerged patrol.  Oh, and ‘SSBN’? It stands for ‘Submersible Ship Ballistic Nuclear’. You have to have a taste for alphabet soup in the RN…!

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About Rob

Rob WhiteRob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.

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