The longest patrol I ever did was a diesel boat and never once came to the surface. Ever heard of snorting and a snort transit, all dived and much harder work than poodling round at 400 feet with a shower a day!Deeps said:Surely a real submarine means a submarine that can can stay dived for a long time ? So on that basis a real submarine has to be Nuclear then !
Bit puzzled here - do you mean the two diesels? On the Renown they were a neat pair of little Paxmans - certainly not from WW2 Still, I may be wrong....Deeps said:The donks on Repulse were from an old WW2 cruiser . Donk shop killick was a grumpy old DE rating , i used to dread going down there for my part 3 until he found out my grandad was a submariner during the war .He was a top bloke then , always made the wets and i used to hide in the ''donk shop'' all the time . He hated ''nuclear stokers'' more than control room sailors .