Not sure if this topic has been raised before but I think it was a significant part of navy life with jacks' liking for creatures from the old favourite , the dog , to the many others no doubt remembered with affection by many . The most remembered for me as one who did two commissions at S/M 4 , Nigger was the squadron mascot for years until killed in a m/v accident . Many submariners knew him and remember his loyalty to anyone smelling of diesel . A remarkable example of dogs affinity with humans. There were others of course from the monkey on Alderney when running from 'Derry . When refitting in Singas the bunting had an effing cockatoo that squarked all the time and was a PITA . One of the oilys bought a mongoose that escaped and ended up in the Malays soup pot. There was also a monkey involved but he was left when the boat sailed from Singas .