KEEPING A RELENTLESS WATCH

ROYAL NAVY

As the 50th anniversary of Britain’s continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrence effort – Operation Relentless – approaches, we report on the new award to honour veterans of the navy’s longest ever mission.

OPERATION RELENTLESS

HMS Vengeance returning to HM Naval Base Clyde.
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On 15 June 1968, HMS Resolution slipped out of Faslane, Scotland, for her first patrol. With her payload of Polaris nuclear missiles, the then-new ballistic missile submarine sortied on the Royal Navy’s first nuclear deterrence patrol.

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