Giving the Subs a thought!

Right, I've woke up this morning and read my info sheets yet again. I've read the Subs one and I've actually considered going for that.

Can any Dolphins shed some light on being a Submariner please?

I have a couple of questions...

1) Will you spend longer times at sea? Like in the presentation I remember the Officer saying a Sub goes under the sea at Faslane and doesn't rise for 12 months. Am I right in thinking that I could be under the Ocean for a full year without seeing a single scrap of sunlight?

2) What sort of facilities are there down below? Do you just finish your shift or whatever it is you do and then stare at metal pipes for the remainder of the evening? Are you allowed to have your own Laptop, iPod or something down there? lol

3) Are there any websi.... actually that's naive thinking the MOD would post pictures on the internet of there Submarines and technology! - So don't answer that one lol!

And that's about it!

Thanks in advance!

Oh and if I've offended anyone by saying something incorrectly or by not conforming to your 'Naval speak', please by all means have a go because been lambasted quite frequently lately for it! - I.e. I'm used to it :razz:
 
stirling said:
You will find all you need to know on the Submariners thread.

Cheers mate!

Bloody hell I never knew there was an entire forum devoted to Subs! - Will give it a look momentarily! :wink:
 

stumpy

War Hero
I don't think they go to sea for 12 months (maybe you misheard him say weeks?) otherwise at the end of the patrol there would be only one submariner left... and a large pile of bones... :wink:
 
stumpy said:
there would be only one submariner left... and a large pile of bones... :wink:

Hahah, nearly wet myself after reading that!

So you can be under the ocean for 3 months/12 weeks without rising then? Or do you stop off at places?
 

slim

War Hero
Creders
From what submariners have told me, they do not get to very many locations around the globe. When they do though they seem to live in 4* hotels. Also they get so much money that they have to buy wheel barrows to get it to the bank. Many of the boats seem to be dry (no alcohol at sea) but I think that this may be a crew generated thing and probably the reason for the mega PUs they go on when the boat returns.
When working with submariners (after leaving the RN) I must admit that I did not encounter any that wished to return to a life as a skimmer.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Creddy, Submariners/Submarines (never shortened) are the Gentlemen of the Royal Navy, they rarely drink alcohol, if they do its usually just the odd half of shandy, they never associate with loose women or indulge in unruly acts, unlike those base Skimmers and Airy Fairies.

Runs ashore nowadays are more limited because of restictions placed on boats by the fact of them being nuclear fuelled.

There are two sections to the Submarine Service, SSBN and SSK the former would normally spend longer periods at sea in one go than the latter.

I have been out of the mob for a long time, so hopefully a present day Submariner will come along and correct or update any of the above
 
Hahaha, the no Alcohol part is fine as I rarely drink myself and even if I do, it's minute amounts!

It's not the life I'm wondering about, but more the longest you're under the surface without rising!

Thanks for the advice fellas!

Always appreciated! :wink:
 

grefs

Lantern Swinger
creddly said:
So you can be under the ocean for 3 months/12 weeks without rising then? Or do you stop off at places?

Mermaids Motel, Davy Jones, Last Wet, (pub), but to name a couple. :lol: :lol:
 
ProudNavyWife(tooBe) said:
Just to let you nkow that subs are bread rolls and submarines as called boats! I was completely lambasted by many for saying subs! LOL

Just thought I would warn you :grin:

lol Point taken! :wink:

grefs said:
creddly said:
So you can be under the ocean for 3 months/12 weeks without rising then? Or do you stop off at places?

Mermaids Motel, Davy Jones, Last Wet, (pub), but to name a couple. :lol: :lol:

That's a no then? :razz:
 

scabz

Lantern Swinger
Picking up on odd bits and pieces...

You could be submerged for up to 12 weeks at a time doing something steely-eyed and warrior like, without popping alongside for a hog-snarling run-ashore, but that's not that frequent.

There aren't any SSKs in the RN, they went when the Upholders were sold to the Canadians. There's now SSNs (although do we call some of them SSGNs?) & SSBNs.
 
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