Having just spent the previous three months at sea, I can confirm that the smoking ban is now in place. As we sailed prior to the MOD-wide ban becoming regulation, we opted to quit the morning we sailed. Smoking was then permitted when the casing was OTV the afternoon we surfaced.
I do hope, however, that some skippers may in future relax these rules whilst on Patrol.
Found that the space below the Stbd air compressor on CONQUEROR and VALIANT were favourite smoking pads - but only if you had loads of Polo mints or chewing gum for later. The rumour that we blew a perfect smoke ring when we surfaced ? Well I contributed to it, but didn't see it............
Surely it's to take away the smell of a crew of the Great Unwashed (Submariners) during NATO exercises so they don't frighten off our allies, unused to the sweat soaked cheesy aroma of sub-matelots....
No doubt about it imho the filthy ngikcuf habit should be banned completely in all services . Causes more trouble , ill-health plus fires there is no room for debate , not negotiable , total ban . Anyone smoking these days must have a death wish and on ' boats ' NEVER ,
Smoking along side in Faslane was banned when the ban in Scotland came in. I believe (from what Iâ€™ve been told) that smoking at sea was allowed, but now the full UK ban is in force there is no smoking at sea or along side. Whether a particular Captain relaxes this ban at sea remains to be seen.
Ahhh bring back Diesels and snort on the surface, nobody would know the fecking difference... :thumright:
Lol..brought back a funny memory, once we were dived and all of a sudden we had to surface...some snotter thought he smelled the aroma of MJ....(probably did, but who knows)....I made the EO surface once by playing Pink Floyds "Echoes" over the tannoy...ping....ping **** what a riot... :w00t:
Funniest thing is watching the Jan Dockies now theyve binned smoking in the DML licenced site... flashbacks of schooldays and people having crafty tabs behind walls... theyre only allowed to smoke now on their way to and from work and on their 'sanctioned unpaid lunch hour'..