Keeping in Touch

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Communication has always been a key aspect in the lives of naval families. The exchange of news and messages of love enables them to maintain their relationships when thousands of miles apart.

Recent advances in technology have revolutionised communications. Today most naval personnel have access to email internet accounts, webcams or use their mobile phones as well as the traditional letter to communicate with their families. However, not everyone feels that this increase in communications is a good thing!

One branch of the Royal Navy does not have access to modern communications. The submariners who maintain the nuclear deterrent submerge for 3 months. During this time, the only contact from their families is a forty word familygram. They cannot send any message back.

Select a theme below to find out how families have communicated over the years and how changes in technology have improved how people stay in touch.