Some of the plot points of the movie were based on real-life incidents. Most notable were scenes set at the opening of WWII, based on the actual sinking of the submarine USS Sealion (SS-195), sunk at the pier at Cavite Navy Yard, the Philippines; Commander Shermans letter to the supply department on the inexplicable lack of toilet paper, based on an actual letter to the supply department of Mare Island Shipyard by Lieutenant Commander James Wiggin Coe of the submarine Skipjack (SS-184); and the need to paint a submarine pink due to the lack of enough red lead or white lead undercoat paint.
By '56 the boats in Oz had reverted to blackhobbit said:Seems the pink boat could fit in well with todays navy maybe a bit of a frill around the fin would be effective. Yair with the colours, in early '53 boats were grey in the home fleet, Med blue in the Med and and a deeper blue for the Australian area and the Pacific, the Pacific being a lot deeper than the med. I believe it was possible to see the outline of a boat at 90 feet in the Med ( from the air ) because of the clear water. With the changing of colour no doubt some pollie has just bought shares in a paint manufacturing firm and wants to boost the profits :evil:
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