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DEBATE about the role of the submarine service in the early days of the First World War will be reignited with a talk.

Local historian Noel Stimson will speak at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport tomorrow at 7pm.

The submarine service was in its infancy when a submarine was demanded that could travel at 20 knots and above at sea. This led to the birth of the K-Class, possibly the most ill-starred of the navy’s vessels.

By the end of their service K-Class submarines had seen 342 officers and crew die, although none from enemy action. Two collided in January 1918 20 miles off the coast of Scotland, with the loss of 270 lives.

George Malcolmson, from the museum, said: ‘Some naval historians incorrectly believed the Admiralty was a technologically conservative institution that hated the idea of the Royal Navy developing the submarine. The introduction of the K-Class demonstrated the navy’s confidence in the submarine as a weapon of war and debate continues as to whether the decision to do so was flawed or not.’

Tickets are available at and cost £10.