is a manga series by Kaiji Kawaguchi. It was published in Kodansha's Weekly Morning manga magazine from 1988 to 1996 and collected in 32 tankobon volumes. The series was adapted into an anime TV special and OVA series by Sunrise. The first two episodes of the anime were later spliced together and released in North America as a single volume. The rest of the series remained untranslated.
The manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1990.
The idea of a captain of an atomic submarine declaring independent sovereignty is not completely original. For example, a British man named Paddy Roy Bates declared a nation called Sealand in 1967 after occupying an abandoned navy fortification off the British coast.
The Silent Service is generally regarded as one of the rare Japanese comics that covered the unparalleled scale of realistic international geopolitics with a commercial success.