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HMS Nereid

Length: 95 meters
Mass: 1,500 tons

Powers/Weapons: Equipped with an armament of torpedoes and ballistic missiles; can deploy a remote controlled helicopter-like surveillance drone

First Appearance: Virus (1980)

Series:  (Distributed)  


Part of the British Royal Navy and equipped with a nuclear reactor, the HMS Nereid left England and arrived on station in Antarctica sometime in February 1982. That proved to be a tragic case of good fortune for two months later a horrific manufactured plague called MM88 wiped out nearly the entire world and prevented the craft from returning home. In September 1982, the crew of the sub received the activation signal for the Automatic Reaction System (ARS) from Washington DC despite the fact that the crew believed that no one was alive in the US capital.

Nereid remained on station in the area and fortunately stumbled upon the Soviet submarine T232 as its infected crew attempted to make landfall near the United States Palmer Station where the last survivors and hope of humanity resided.  At first, Nereid's Captain MacCloud attempted to warn off the Soviet submarine but had to resort to drastic action as the captain of the infected Soviet submarine ignored his warning. The British submarine went to actions stations and within seconds blew away the T232 with a missile called a sub-rocket.

With Antarctica and its last batch of humanity safe, the crew resigned themselves to the inevitable, which Captain MacCloud summed up in the fact that the Nereid would act as the legendary “Flying Dutch Horseman”. However grateful to the sub's assistance and after getting confirmation that her crew was completely unaffected, the leaders of the human survivors in Antarctica unanimously agreed to allow the Nereid and her crew to enter the sanctuary.  

Later the Nereid sailed back out under the order of the new “Federal Council of Antarctica” to find that anyone else might have survived the catastrophe; unfortunately, their efforts did not produce any survivors. On a stop in Tokyo Bay, the nuclear submarine collected an air sample of the virus on the recommendation of one of the scientists who went out on the mission. The scientist hoped that a vaccine could be developed form such a sample. After the last stop in Tokyo, the British submarine returned to Antarctica for a somber Christmas celebration in 1983.

However, when the survivors found out that an earthquake near Washington DC would trigger the American ARS, which would then lead to a chain reaction of a horrific automatic nuclear war with one of the missiles from the Soviet Union aimed at Antarctica. With this knowledge intact, the Nereid set sail on a desperate mission to Washington DC. Among it were two volunteers, protected by an experimental vaccine for MM88, who would attempt to shut down the American ARS. Despite their most heroic efforts, the volunteers were too late as the earthquake set off the ARS and the nuclear missiles began to fly towards their targets. More than likely the Nereid perished in the blast for the craft was very close to Washington DC when she deposited the two volunteers into the city and waited offshore.