Such thoughts were the starting point for my very short story titled 'The Luminous Order'.
I imagined a clandestine organisation that for decades had been acquiring nuclear submarines from Russia, the USA and Europe, complete with missiles and torpedoes. The supply of such equipment was regular, the motivation and paranoia of the cold war ensuring that the super-powers' had no choice but to constantly upgrade their arsenals. The corrupt individuals that allowed the sale had no idea that their counterparts in other governments were doing the same. The organisation quickly managed to build its fleet. It then waited; biding its time until the right moment came along for its plans to be put into action...
Although I don't make direct reference to it, the submarine featured in the story was one of the British Royal Navy's four Resolution-Class nuclear ballistic missile submarines which were the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent force from the late 1960's to the mid 1990's, after which they were decommissioned (and, for the purposes of my story, at least one of which was sold to the organisation mentioned above).
|Cutaway model of a Resolution-Class submarine|
|A Polaris missile being launched from HMS Revenge,|
one of the UK's Resolution-Class submarines
When I found the image (right) of a Polaris missile launching I wondered what it would be like to be in a boat nearby when it launched, and the shock of it suddenly popping out of the water without warning. With that thought I knew I had the setting for the story.
If you want to better visualise the story you can see some actual submarine ballistic missile launches here.