Researching information ( non classified stuff ) for a novel. Help needed please.

HartleyHare

Lantern Swinger
Q1) 3 months is normal before you come home but I've only ever done the sort of running in your question when East of Suez.

Q2) I've only done one trip where we received emails onboard before I left my last and final boat and it was in the days of floppy disks. When we came off station on the way home we compiled our emails on a designated laptop, or uploaded it from a floppy disk and the comms ratings sent it off when we got to PD (periscope depth), it went via London, for censoring, and then on to destination address. The reverse happens for incoming. Personal emails are low priority though.
Thank you!

What do submariners do when they are not on watch? Apart from the obvious sleeping and eating. I imagine reading, watching films??
Q1) 3 months is normal before you come home but I've only ever done the sort of running in your question when East of Suez.

Q2) I've only done one trip where we received emails onboard before I left my last and final boat and it was in the days of floppy disks. When we came off station on the way home we compiled our emails on a designated laptop, or uploaded it from a floppy disk and the comms ratings sent it off when we got to PD (periscope depth), it went via London, for censoring, and then on to destination address. The reverse happens for incoming. Personal emails are low priority though.
Thank you.

Do officers have to share cabins?

Can an officer take a guest on-board a submarine whilst she's in her home port?
 

HartleyHare

Lantern Swinger
Deployment lengths vary by tasking and can typically be anything from a few weeks to 10 months.

Email on SSNs (not the ones carrying the big bombs) is a thing; transmitted/received by Satcom and delivered to the individual via the onboard IT system like any other email. Restrictions can of course be put in place depending on the operational posture.

Families can send SSBNs (the ones carrying the big bombs) familygrams (now sent as an email) but they’re received as lower frequency radio traffic and printed for distribution.
Thank you
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Thank you!

What do submariners do when they are not on watch? Apart from the obvious sleeping and eating. I imagine reading, watching films??

Thank you.

Do officers have to share cabins?

Can an officer take a guest on-board a submarine whilst she's in her home port?
I can only speak for S and T class boats but you are correct in what happens off watch (steady there @dapperdunn ;)) but also working towards educational qualifications.

Officers do share apart from the Captain, his cabin is also his office.

Everyone can bring a guest onboard when alongside, it's not exclusive to officers.
 

HartleyHare

Lantern Swinger
I can only speak for S and T class boats but you are correct in what happens off watch (steady there @dapperdunn ;)) but also working towards educational qualifications.

Officers do share apart from the Captain, his cabin is also his office.

Everyone can bring a guest onboard when alongside, it's not exclusive to officers.
Do the officers have to share a bunk, too?
Do submarines have a Chinese laundry like surface ships? If so, how often is clothing and bedding washed?

If a guest is brought on board would they be required to be searched before boarding?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Officers don't normally hot bunk. The laundry on board consists of a washing machine and 2 tumble driers. The laundry staff are normally ET(ME)'s and WE's (called Fwd staff as they watchkeep fwd, WE's do all the time but a small team of ME's, the wrecking crew, work and watchkeep fwd) who volunteer to do the job as they get extra pay from the welfare fund. I was the maintainer on two boats and got £10 a month for doing nothing, basically. We wash the clothes but don't bother ironing it because there's no point. bedding doesn't get washed normally, maybe the duvet cover now and then but it all gets exchanged when back in port.

Guests aren't searched when coming on board, they are the hosts responsibility and are escorted at all times.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Thank you!

What do submariners do when they are not on watch? Apart from the obvious sleeping and eating. I imagine reading, watching films??

Thank you.

Do officers have to share cabins?

Can an officer take a guest on-board a submarine whilst she's in her home port?

Not on watch
Training for qualifications.
Training keep fit type
Games, cards etc.
remember for a 6 hour watch you will not be closed up all the time, so there is on watch standby time, eg you are up and awake but not closed up in a watch keeping billet.

The only officer that does not share is the captain.

Anyone with the correct clearance paperwork can take a guest onboard SSN, no idea about SSBN
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Not on watch
Training for qualifications.
Training keep fit type
Games, cards etc.
remember for a 6 hour watch you will not be closed up all the time, so there is on watch standby time, eg you are up and awake but not closed up in a watch keeping billet.

The only officer that does not share is the captain.

Anyone with the correct clearance paperwork can take a guest onboard SSN, no idea about SSBN
There's an echo in here :rolleyes:;)
 

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