International Submarine Service Commemorative Medal - a distinctive tribute to the men who have served and continue to serve beneath the world's oceans.
"Of all the branches of men in the forces, there are none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils, than the submariner"
Winston Churchill 1943.
Only a select few are accepted for duty in the submarine service and for them the price of success can be very high. To mark such dedication and hardship a special commemorative medal has been struck at the close of the first one hundred years of submarine history.
Commissioned by London Submariners and supported by Lady M E Fieldhouse, Rear Admiral Richard Heaslip CB and the International Submarine Association, this is a distinctive tribute to the men who have served and continue to serve beneath the world's oceans.
The professionalism that is the hallmark of the submariner is acknowledged around the globe, as are the sacrifices they are at times called upon to make. Recognised by their individual countries often with their highest distinction for bravery but never before has a single medal bonded the men of the "Silent Service" of so many nations.
The 'International Submarine Service Medal' is available to all former or presently serving submariners from all nations or their next of kin or theirdirect descendants to be worn with pride not alongside gallantry decorations, but separately and distinctively.
Should there be any question of an applicant's eligibility, the matter will be referred to a scrutineering committee set up by the Submarine Medal Committee of which Lady M E Fieldhouse is President, whose decision will be final.
As with all medal ribbons each colour has its own explanation. The blue represents the depths of the ocean; the white is the wake of the torpedo. The black represents the submarine and the red is the strike power and also reflects the nuclear age, it is furthermore the colour of the International Submariners Association. As this commemorative is exclusively a naval medal the ribbon is moired giving it a watered effect.
The ribbon and medal are connected by a unique medal suspender which incorporates the dolphins of the Submarine Service supporting a propeller in an anti-fouling shroud as found on a torpedo. These elements are linked and attached to the medal by way of a torpedo safety fork.
Please note that the full-size medal is only available by completing the application form below. After you have completed all of the fields and added any additional
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Medal Edge Engraving
Your service number, rank, name & initials and regiment or service can be professionally diamond engraved on the edge of your International Submarine Service Medal making it an even more personal and precious heirloom.
Individually Engraved Clasps
The individually engraved, nickel clasps, specifically designed to match the finish of this medal to highlight the details of your service are suitable for fitting to the medal ribbon (we recommend no more than three clasps are fitted to The International Submarine Service Medal).
Medal Presentation Cases
Store your International Submarine Service Medal in the plush lined Medal Presentation Case which can de personalised with your service details.
Miniature International Submarine Service Medal
A miniature International Submarine Service Medal can also be added to your order and is supplied mounted ready to wear.
Ribbon Brooch Bar & International Submarine Service Tie
As well as a matching International Submarine Service Ribbon Brooch Bar, your can also select an easycare 100% polyester tie which has been tastefully designed with stripes matching the International Submarine Service ribbon. Please select the items your require on the application form below along with your personalisation details
This medal is supplied on a single pin ready to wear.
Apply for a International Submarine Service Full-Size Medal using the Application Form below:
(Please Note The Details entered below should be those of the recipient of the medal)