William visited a high-tech submarine to hand out awards to new sailors on a new nuclear sub

By Simon Perry
July 12, 2016 11:30 AM
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Looking like a Sean Connery-era James Bond, Prince William strolled along the deck of a submarine in gray Scottish waters with members of an elite crew last week.

With his beret and dark blue naval overalls, William was dressed for action in one of his military posts: Commodore-in-Chief of the Submarine Service.

The prince was on the British Royal Navy’s newest attack submarine HMS Artful last Tuesday to hand out “Dolphins” to 14 newly qualified submariners. Before being awarded their “Dolphins,” all submariners must pass classroom and sea-based assessment tests.

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Prince William (center)
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The sailors had to demonstrate “an intimate and instinctive knowledge of more than 30 complex engineering systems, which operate their nuclear submarine and keep its crew safe,” a statement said.

Prince William
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The presentation – and an impromptu group picture with a smiling William – took place in the “bomb shop” where Artful s torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) are stored. And during the visit on the Clyde estuary in western Scotland, William made his first dive on an Astute class of submarine.

William also got to see the forward escape compartment and maneuvering room where the nuclear reactor plant and electrical systems are managed, meeting members of the crew in the galley, the control room and in their bunk spaces.

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William was made Commodore-in-Chief of the Submarine Service by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth 10 years ago.

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