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Submariners cycle length of country to raise awareness of appeal

Submariners cycle length of country to raise awareness of appeal


01 Jul, 2021

To mark Armed Forces Week 2021, a team of 12 Royal Navy Submariners set off on an epic cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise awareness of the Submariner Memorial Appeal …

The Submariner Memorial Appeal was set up to create a fitting tribute to submariners and their families. It aims to raise £375,000 to fund the creation of an iconic monument at the National Memorial Arboretum. 

Earlier this year it was announced that renowned British sculptor Paul Day is to create the memorial, which will be installed at the National Memorial Arboretum and unveiled at a ceremony attended by HRH Prince William, Commodore-in-Chief Submarines. The memorial will be a vital place for personal reflection, repair and renewal, and somewhere for the submarine community to come together as a family in remembrance.

Says Commander Tom Herman OBE RN, Submarine Flotilla Secretary: ‘This is a truly commendable journey for a memorial that will become the heart of the Submarine family. Our memorial is a tribute to the 5,600 Submariners who have given their lives for their country – but, more than that, it is a tribute to the families, spouses, partners, parents and children who are left behind. This team reflects the spirit of those who have gone before them and we, their Submarine family, are proud and grateful.’

Click here to follow the team on their epic journey.

To find out more about the Submariner Memorial Appeal, visit



Often known as the ‘Silent Service’ the Royal Navy has always been at the forefront of underwater warfare, and has built an enduring reputation for professionalism and courage. Submarines combine qualities of stealth, endurance and flexibility – characteristics that give them unparalleled freedom to operate worldwide in support of national and coalition operations. 

Since 1969, the Royal Navy has upheld a patrol mission of Continuous At Sea Deterrence. As the current Vanguard-class submarines reach the end of their life cycle, they will be replaced by a fearsome new breed of nuclear submarine: the Dreadnought class. 

For more information on submarines, click here


Main picture: The rain stopped just long enough for the 12 submariners from HMS Anson and HMS Agamemnon to start their epic 12-day journey

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