How often do submarines stop at ports during a 6 month tour?

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  1. Was thinking of joining the navy as a tactical warfare specialist on a submarine but wasn't sure how often you get out a submarine,I also heard something about American subs stopping in the sea to allow everyone to go for a swim but wasn't sure if it was the same for the Royal Navy.
  2. Not an everyday occurrence. Thrice in 11 years on a boat. Off Bermuda, off Fort Lauderdale both lovely and warm and once in the Kyles of Lochalsh, Ffffff freezing.

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  3. Stopping in the sea for a swim is called "hands to bathe" and we don't do it very often and then normally only in the West Indies if you're playing around on trials, not much point on being on a covert warship if you're going to ponce around on the roof so people can go swimming.

    Last 6 month depoloyment I did we had 5 port visits (6 really but I don't count Salalah).

    edited to say posted the same time as Topstop, I can recall 3 HTB, all in the Caribbean, generally with a B-B-Q on the casing as well.
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  4. Thanks for the quick reply, just wanted to make sure I still got to see much of the world. How long are you normally in port for?
  5. Depends what you are doing.
  6. Well, if you upset the local police, you can be there for months.......
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  7. Generally 8 -10 days but can be 8 - 10 hours, although I was on a boat "stuck" in Cocoa Beach, Florida for 3 months.

    It was hell ;)
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  8. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    Don't join the Submarine service. These days with a nuclear fleet your chances of foreign ports is limited. Most countries have a problem with mobile nuclear reactors turning up on their door step.

    That depends on the boats program. Always subject to change. Think of it as your sex life.
  9. steer well clear of the SM service then
  10. But if you save your SM pay or what ever they are calling it these days you could afford to go on exotic holls if thats your thing.
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  11. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    I can see a flaw in that plan.
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  12. Thanks everybody for the responses
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  13. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    If you are really unfortunate and stuck on a V boat your chances of a run ashore are virtually nil. Faslane - Faslane, Coulport - Faslane, Faslane - Faslane etc. Then after this cycle has been repeated for many years you might get lucky and end up with a trip to Kings Bay to offload. Then Guz for a few years in refit (LOPR or whatever it's called now) and then back to Kings Bay for a pick-up and test fire. This is the only run ashore for the queens.

    But it's better you find out for yourself, don't take my word for it.
  14. Do you get a choice of what boat you're put on?

    I'm assuming they ask you but your choice will have no effect on what the final decision is? You just go where the men are needed?

    I was hoping to get on an Astute because I'm joining while they are being commissioned but I take it this isn't the way it works out?
  15. If you are really unlucky, you will be on a run to Gib with Witsend, which will really mess up your chances with the ladies. I will admit she was not a looker, though better than Wits.
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  16. I have heard it is quite boring and limited to the amount of ports you get to go to,praying I'm on an Astute.
  17. You can ask to go A class but as you've rightly said, it's down to requirements. However, as a TSM, you're not nailed to a particular class, if you end up on a V boat you can still go A boats, and vice versa, later on, you just need to keep requesting for them.
  18. if port visits are important to you. you really need to avoid the SM service.
    if it is lower down your priorities list of what to achieve in the RN, carry on and roll the dice

    the extra pay helps of course
  19. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    The only A class left is the Alliance,
  20. I see, thanks for the reply Wrecker.

    Told the CA that I'd like to get on an Astute too, I wouldn't even mind a Trafalgar to be honest. Just don't want a bomber, but suppose you just have to go with it.

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