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End of the V-Force

Ross Mahoney and Emmett Sullivan discuss the RAF’s loss of the strategic nuclear deterrent and the end of the V-Force.

The loss of the strategic nuclear deterrent

In this video we consider the following statements:

  1. The switch from the strategic to the tactical role saw little practical change in the role of the Vulcan after 1968.
  2. The Vulcan bomber was eventually retired in 1984, ending the V-Force.
  3. With the withdrawal of the WE.177C nuclear free-fall bomb in 1998, the RAF lost its independent nuclear deterrent capabilities.

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