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Runs ashore and the submarine service

mick1199

Badgeman
Though this question may have been asked in the past the information I could find was scarce at best. It’s to my understanding that submariners generally do less travelling than their surface fleet counterparts, and if you get drafted to bombers then runs ashore are virtually non existent.

However to those have served, or are currently serving, what are the travel oppourtnities like as a submariner? I’ve heard Crete mentioned, along with Brest and Gibraltar. I’ve read from some of the more saltier among you here who have went all over the place in years gone by but I’m unsure if that’s as common nowadays, even on SSNs. Does the lack of travel and runs ashore bother many submariners? And of course what can you expect in the ways of travel within the silent service these days?

I’m applying myself as an ET(MESM) and still have my heart set on boats regardless, but would be interested to hear the opinions and tales of others. Cheers!
 

Alfacharlie

War Hero
Though this question may have been asked in the past the information I could find was scarce at best. It’s to my understanding that submariners generally do less travelling than their surface fleet counterparts, and if you get drafted to bombers then runs ashore are virtually non existent.

However to those have served, or are currently serving, what are the travel oppourtnities like as a submariner? I’ve heard Crete mentioned, along with Brest and Gibraltar. I’ve read from some of the more saltier among you here who have went all over the place in years gone by but I’m unsure if that’s as common nowadays, even on SSNs. Does the lack of travel and runs ashore bother many submariners? And of course what can you expect in the ways of travel within the silent service these days?

I’m applying myself as an ET(MESM) and still have my heart set on boats regardless, but would be interested to hear the opinions and tales of others. Cheers!
Crete-OK
Brest- Shithole
Gib-Used to be sound.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
I was always SSNs and went all over the place apart from the Far East. You don't get as many foreign jollies as the surface fleet but you do get put in hotels and get extra cash in hand (subsistence) when you're there.
 

mick1199

Badgeman
I was always SSNs and went all over the place apart from the Far East. You don't get as many foreign jollies as the surface fleet but you do get put in hotels and get extra cash in hand (subsistence) when you're there.
Doesn’t sound as bad as it’s made out to be. I dunno if some people try to make out as if you won’t go anywhere bar Clyde.
 

Biker Buster

Lantern Swinger
Nah mod is tight as fk runs ashore used to be quite good but now almost nonexistent.
Submarines will always be poor cousins to the skimmers.
Especially when it comes to expenditure. Look at the two great big donkeys the (liebour ) government stuck us with.. that is the entire defence spending for the next 100 years!

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Sumo

War Hero
While back now, I had more jollies on skimmers than boats, but still had some good ones on boats
But single on skimmers, married on boats, that doesn't affect some but takes the OD out of or reduces it in some.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Being pragmatic, save your hard earned submarine pay to go on jollies wherever you want to in the world, whenever you want to! I had some great foreign runs while on boats, but also had 2 or 3 foreign holidays a year. Happy days!
 

Union Jack

Lantern Swinger
Being pragmatic, save your hard earned submarine pay to go on jollies wherever you want to in the world, whenever you want to! I had some great foreign runs while on boats, but also had 2 or 3 foreign holidays a year. Happy days!
Really sound advice, and indeed bomber crews' necessarily preferred solution for over 50 years.:cool:

Jack
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
And before anyone else starts, Faslane is what YOU make of it. Yes it rains (it also rains in Guzz) but the facilities from which you can choose are second to none - all you have to do is make the effort by getting off your bum!

I'm from the Burg and spent years getting away, but at times in Faslane I didn't even tell my folks we were in! Some great hoolies and lots of great sports stuff. Also quite a few other 'distractions'........... ;) but a gentleman never tells......
 

Union Jack

Lantern Swinger
And before anyone else starts, Faslane is what YOU make of it. Yes it rains (it also rains in Guzz) but the facilities from which you can choose are second to none - all you have to do is make the effort by getting off your bum!

I'm from the Burg and spent years getting away, but at times in Faslane I didn't even tell my folks we were in! Some great hoolies and lots of great sports stuff. Also quite a few other 'distractions'........... ;) but a gentleman never tells......
I can vividly remember an old boy telling me what an absolutely amazing run ashore the ship's company had in Guzz when REPULSE spent a few days there en route from Faslane to Rosyth in May 1971 at the end of her first commission - a view probably not shared by the casing party when the XO was allowed to bring her alongside and had to order Full Astern to avoid ramming the dockyard wall......:eek:

Apparently steps were taken - big ones in the opposite direction!

Jack
 

Dusty70

War Hero
Used to have good runs on Rothesay (one year I was actually on HMS Rothesay) - do they still do the perisher training there ?

Went out on a sub (Ocelot, Oberon ?) a couple of times so the sundodging jack dusties could have a day of luxury and chinese laundering

Had a REALLY good night after sneaking onto the Waverley one night - is Lena Zararoni's chip shop still there ?
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Used to have good runs on Rothesay (one year I was actually on HMS Rothesay) - do they still do the perisher training there ?

Went out on a sub (Ocelot, Oberon ?) a couple of times so the sundodging jack dusties could have a day of luxury and chinese laundering

Had a REALLY good night after sneaking onto the Waverley one night - is Lena Zararoni's chip shop still there ?
The chip shop was still there in the late 80's and perishers are still run up there, my last boat stuck the nut on Fladda-chuain and ended up somewhat bent and battered doing perisher running.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Used to have good runs on Rothesay (one year I was actually on HMS Rothesay) - do they still do the perisher training there ?

Went out on a sub (Ocelot, Oberon ?) a couple of times so the sundodging jack dusties could have a day of luxury and chinese laundering

Had a REALLY good night after sneaking onto the Waverley one night - is Lena Zararoni's chip shop still there ?
Yep, Zavaroni's is still going! So is Waverley, but only just! She had to get the boilers replaced and I think she is undergoing sea trials/acceptance about now.
 
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