A new recruitment campaign for the Royal Navy’s Trident nuclear submarines has been unveiled in London. The bus stop posters urge Londoners to ‘Become a Suicide Bomber’ by joining the ongoing “suicide mission” aboard the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet.

UK artist Darren Cullen, 33, who designed the poster campaign, says the ads claim that “Nuclear bombs are suicide bombs” because it is “impossible to use these weapons without also killing ourselves.”

Cullen, who worked with Veterans For Peace UK on the Action Man: Battlefield Casualties films goes on to say, “A country with nuclear weapons is prepared to destroy the world rather than lose a war. With a single weapon system we hold the planet hostage by the sort of terror you only get from thermonuclear missiles.”

The posters point budding recruits to a website at which demonstrates how the crew of a nuclear submarine must be prepared to destroy human civilization on command.  In a series of diagrams the site also shows how the crew of the sub would not survive the launch of Trident, and how even a “limited” nuclear war could wipe out all life on Earth.

“Terrorists are willing to commit suicide to brutally murder innocent people, but so are we. In fact, we’re about to spend £205 billion on upgrading our ability to do so.” Cullen points out that the British government refuses to rule out first-use of nuclear weapons and has stated it may use them even if its ‘vital interests’ are threatened. He goes on to say that, “due to NATO and our alleged Special Relationship, we’re also committed to a nuclear suicide pact with America.”

Ben Griffin, ex-SAS and now coordinator for Veterans For Peace UK said the project, “Highlighted the hypocrisy,” of Trident renewal. “We are told that Trident keeps us safe. But ownership of Trident puts us on the target list of other nuclear states.”

Dozens of posters appeared around London overnight installed by Special Patrol Group (@specialpatrols), a subvertising organisation responsible for a series of posters criticizing the DSEI arms fair and racism in the Metropolitan Police.

Darren Cullen is an artist and illustrator, best known for his work at Dismaland, ‘Pocket Money Loans’ and his Action Man: Battlefield Casualties toy range and advert. His website is


  1. Hallie says:
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  2. Garry H says:

    I have been a member of VFPUK and in the USA. I then left out of a feeling of ambivalence due both to a sense of being more against why we really go to war today (oil, gas, geopolitical influence etc) and the policies that take is there, This was cemented after 911 and all that followed by those right wing neocons in America. However, I do not like the way that sentiment from this organization is becoming too negative and damming to our Armed Forces and even damaging and feel this post went too far for me, almost a public humiliation and a betrayal. I served in the RAF for almost 20 years and I am proud our British Armed Forces but NOT the recent factors that have sent us into war in recent times and the resulting issues that this in turn creates. Not all people in the RAF, RN or Army are victims, not all are innocent and naïve, some even enjoy the experience of battle and some have a very good life as the result of their service. Some people will fail when they leave and some were failures when they were in. VFPUK me members and Ben Griffin, the founder, are serious and committed people of peace, without question, and I join you all in that sentiment, what reasonable person would not? But, please, please, get desist in public humiliation of the British military, as I feel this a step too far. Ben was at the top of his game, the Special Aor Service, and he left based on his moral compass, an amazing thing to do by an amazing human being. Maybe that is the answer, if you don`t agree, leave and walk away. Human beings are complex animals, There have always and will always be conflict and war, more so with diminishing resources for an overcrowded planet of 9 billion people. Maybe we need to focus on the facets of human nature behind our failings and what we need to do in common solidarity to make the world a better place and not be too overly critical and disrespectful to the Armed Forces as VFPUK seems to be verging into that territory. Thanks. Garry Harriman, USA. RAF, 1987- 2006.

    1. Davy Stephenson says:

      A true sentient has moments of inspiration outside the regurgitated diatribe of the MSM, so I would like to ask where did you get the idea that there are too many people on the planet from.
      Margaret Sanger and the Rock a fella foundation, or her forerunner and economist Thomas Malthus said the same thing two hundred years earlier yet the world is still here.
      I feel that the MIC and their diatribe has taught us to hate ourselves and any people and love war instead, maybe there would be less war if there were less people, but it’s a young mans paradigm where they are taught they are special and invincible to harm it seems, otherwise we wouldn’t join such a risky paradigm where the only true winners are bullets, bombs and Banks which were instituted on Jekyll Island in 1913, a year before the current crusade ensued and has yet to end.

  3. Tom says:

    IF they were to launch a nuclear missile…

    IF I were to murder someone, THEN I’d be a murderer – but guess what up until that point, I’m not!

    In the entire history of the RN no submariner has EVER fired a nuclear missile. How then can you call them suicide bombers for something that has never happened?

    Then of course IF they fired a nuclear missile you ASSUME that it is at an area with civilians, you ASSUME it is at a country which has the ability to detect the launch, you ASSUME they have the ability to track the submarine, you ASSUME they have the ability to target the submarine, you ASSUME the submarine is so close to the enemy that they have the ability to react quickly enough before the submarine submerges and moves off. If anyone of your MASSIVE assumptions are wrong, then guess what – the submarine lives.

    Would you find it insulting if I called you a suicide bomber?

    1. Ben Griffin says:

      If you are deployed on a nuclear submarine then you are prepared to follow orders and become a suicide bomber.

    2. Davy Stephenson says:

      Your talking predominantly about RN personal.

      Now let’s look at other stealth weapon aimers, IE, those who might target places like Catterick Garrison here in North Yorkshire, where a hundred thousand plus troops and their immediate families reside, do you think that the weapons of mass destruction are going to select the military stronghold instead of the innocent families who would take the brunt the destruction, I think not.

      Time to start thinking outside the boxes we were born into.

  4. Tom says:

    “2. We will not assault, verbally or physically, in person or online, those who oppose or disagree with us, even if they assault us.

    Our attitude, as conveyed through our words, symbols and actions, will be one of openness, friendliness, and respect toward all people we encounter.”

    Lol. Very respectful of serving RN personnel…

    1. Ben Griffin says:

      Please explain how the adverts are disrespectful?

      1. Tom says:

        A picture of 3 RN personnel with the statement “Become a suicide bomber” underneath. Yeah what’s not respectful about that?

        1. Ben Griffin says:

          If they were to launch Nuclear missiles they would kill thousands of civilians and due to counter strikes would be killed themselves. Please explain how they are not suicide bombers.

        2. All of us need to think and use our imagination. Is it ‘respectful’ ? – Telegraph – “40 warheads. But they are each capable of carrying more. How powerful is that? Very. Each missile can fire at a variety of targets with a range of 7,500 miles. Each warhead is believed to be eight times as powerful as the atomic bomb which killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima in 1945.” Massive civilian death likely. Worse than the 100:1 of conventional bombardment.

          And MAD yes – Mutually Assured Destruction. Suicide for the sailors, unimaginable homicide all round.

          We all must ponder; we drift towards oblivion, in step with our damned overlords.

          1. Davy Stephenson says:

            Hi David

            I really enjoyed your talks in the past and would like to add that, the old saying rings true, we will always pay for the violence of our ancestors. However, the use of such malevolent and Machiavellian weapons there would be little left for our futures.
            The Prince himself would relish such kind of state victory at any cost, so we need to rid our state of such minds would sacrifice all for a moments glory.

  5. How about putting that colossal amount of money into the many issues the UK faces in these times of rising inequality. The Cold War is supposedly over. There are so many issues facing us as a collective species, like CLIMATE CHANGE that will see the planet erupt into global instability if we don act now. I know you can not uninvent nuclear weapons, or the proliferation of them, but their use would mean we all loose, so, what is the point….so Britain can hold a geopolitical strong influence in the world? As an atheist, I say, God help us!

  6. alan Horton says:

    “Keeping us safe,” this is truly language of the Asylum. Every time Mr Fallon has an opportunity he drills this into the listening public.
    We must conclude therefore that all other non nuclear states are in a condition of fear and insecurity, No so, as all sane people know. We can only appraise Trident as a devilish weapon in every respect, designed and targeted to incinerate as many humans as possible from a single missile.Its existence brings shame upon our species. These posters are a powerful and very concise statement of truth and a counter to the establishment and the vile line that they sell. They know no shame or contrition for the billions they have squandered on this “status weaponry”.

  7. Heather Speight says:

    This poster is powerful and shocking. I too hope it gets wide coverage, and gets more people to think seriously about the issues.
    The Sun’s reaction truly needs challenging, as well as the reactions of some of its readers!

  8. I hope these posters shock and cause debate!
    I left the WRNS in 1946 and helped the Peace movements over the past 70+ years as I am horrified by the inhumanity, damage and slaughter war brings. My husbands Naval experience affected the rest of his life when the Hospital Ship he served on visited Hiroshma 6 weeks after the bomb and they found nobody to rescue.

    1. Garry H says:

      Dorothy. Thanks for sharing your very moving story. I have read the book ‘Hirroshma’ and belive it should be on everyone’s reading list. I also belive the bombs were used against Japan not to end the Pacific component of WW2 but to both test this horrific weapon and to send a message to the Soviet Union who, unbeknown to US intelligence, were already developing their own. Thanks again and take care.

  9. The holocausts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki teach no lessons to most people. Its the ‘other’ – almost always. ‘Our armed forces keep us safe in bed’.

    We know the US high command cornered all the photographic evidence so little was seen of skinless people or of those dying of radiation sickness in the following days, or of cancers later.

    Satan lives, and especially in the 9 countries that possess
    these ‘thermonuclear’ weapons. Not so much MAD as expressions of intense, or in some, slumbering group psychopathy.

    When I saw the ‘War Game’ as a medical student in the early 60s’ my opposition was deepened.

    (Note BBC action) As the audience filed out, there was a deathly silence. The public mind has been softened since then. Many mechanisms – including the Orwellian ‘Nudge Unit’
    (112 salaries)

    ‘Independent Nuclear Deterrent’ – maintained by ?Raytheon. ?US owns 95% of the Doomsday kit. ?US has joint key for launching. ?At that flock of high flying geese – that the Russians raised the alert on those years ago.

    1. Sue Cuthbert says:

      I also saw the “War Game” in Wolverhampton Poly’ That audience also walked out in shocked silence.I seem to remember that the BBC did not screen it because of the effect it would have had on the general public. I’ve never forgotten seeing it. It convinced me that we should get rid of anything nuclear

  10. Sean Scholfield says:

    Looks like an advert for the mentally ill to enlist.

  11. David Marchesi says:

    It is time to re-name the Ministry of Defence, not just a return to the old “War Ministry”, but to the “Ministry of Terrorist War”. The mentality of those who volunteer for the mass-suicide ,mass- murder work on board Her Majesty’s ships or at RAF (USAF ?) bases etc is that , not of the jihadist bomber, but more that of the SS. We need to look very closely at how apparently sane young men can be found in enough numbers here and now to risk millions of deaths on their consciences. It seems unlikely that they are so convinced of the glories of Casino Capitalism to put aside their humanity, so ow, exactly, are they reduced to morons ? The SS were precisely schooled in total obedience, not necessarily to anything real, but superficially to the founding and maintenance of the Thousand Year Reich. Are our young chaps and chappesses who volunteer for this sort of impersonal mass-murder really sure that they are simply continuing the Defence Of The Realm ? Ike’s words of 1961 should be re-read regularly.
    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

  12. Terence Alexander Griffin says:

    It might be seen as harsh but sadly it is true…we are told it is a deterrent. ..however we apparently would not shoot first…so if we were attacked it would have failed to deter…so it would be used in revenge…if you are going to kill us we will kill you…won’t achieve anything. ..but we will kill you too…it would end as the last man standing…it is MAD…Mutually Assured Destruction…TAG 🙂

    1. MAD: Its quite a fitting acronym, isnt it, Mr G`!

  13. Brian Lamb says:

    I thought sane people were against suicide bombers.

    1. Evelyn says:

      Inflammatory language does not further peace, either in the abstract or the real.

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