RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER!

THE 'BLACK FLAG' AND THE ROYAL NAVY

In the 18th Century, the sight of the skull-andcrossbones struck fear into the hearts of merchant seamen across the seven seas. But how did this infamous symbol of piracy become linked to the Submarine Service?

In many ways, the modern submariner embodies a bit of the jaunty swagger of the 18th Century buccaneer. While the pirates of old are seen as ruthless outlaws, plundering vessels indiscriminately, their reckless sense of adventure and daring has captured the imaginations of the public for generations, embodied in such romantic fictional figures such as Long John Silver and Jack Sparrow.

This same aura of danger surrounds the sailors who ventured aboard submarines, the steel sleeves that plunged to staggering depths and emerged silently from the waves to mete out death and destruction.

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