Didn’t go to HMS Dolphin...

... curious about some of what goes on under the surface, but never bothered to find out. Came across one..

and investigated further

This gent with a rather strange name, has a ‘Whiteboard’ series of youtube vids, (rather than the gaming ones which I have not bothered about), some of which are both informative and rather interesting.
Jive Turkey

He obviously enjoyed his time, likes to share, and makes it rather less ‘dry’ then a lot of lectures I sat through on various subjects.
 
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philc

LE
One of my shore drafts was to ASWE in a unit which amongst other things had civi programmers writing software to calculate all the various possibilities of warm water cold water on sonar.

This was then uploaded into ships computers.

The unit commander old school RN used to get quite vexed about the civi programmers as they all had long hair and were rather hippy in appearance. He considered them a security threat and pinko,s and used to fire off memos up to London.

This was mid 80s and I would guess all the programmers were PVed. Got to know a few and just regular blokes with shoulder length hair.
 

Yokel

LE
Does the talk cover the role of ASW helicopters with dipping sonar and frigates with towed array sonars? ASW was and is considered to be a carrier role by the RN and USN.

There was a seventies RN film called Strength In Depth on YouTube, but it seems to have disappeared. Although it was mainly about our own submarines, I did cover ASW being NATO's main naval focus, and that the marine holds all the cards except 'the joker' (ASW helicopter dipping). It seems to have disappeared.
 

Rab_C

War Hero
Does the talk cover the role of ASW helicopters with dipping sonar and frigates with towed array sonars? ASW was and is considered to be a carrier role by the RN and USN.

There was a seventies RN film called Strength In Depth on YouTube, but it seems to have disappeared. Although it was mainly about our own submarines, I did cover ASW being NATO's main naval focus, and that the marine holds all the cards except 'the joker' (ASW helicopter dipping). It seems to have disappeared.
I beg to differ about ASW being a carrier role. I spent a large portion of the 80s doing ASW for real and not a carrier in sight. SSN, TA Frigates, TAGOS, SOSUS, MPA but no carriers.
 

Yokel

LE
I beg to differ about ASW being a carrier role. I spent a large portion of the 80s doing ASW for real and not a carrier in sight. SSN, TA Frigates, TAGOS, SOSUS, MPA but no carriers.
There would have been if the Cold War had gone hot. The CVS would have deployed to the GIUK gap to provide 24/7 dipping. I should have said 'as part of an operational task group (as it was in the South Atlantic in 1982)'.

Back then as now, the public would have been largely unaware of the day to day of frigates, SSNs, MPA and so on.
 
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Back then as now, the public would have been largely aware of the day to day of frigates, SSNs, MPA and so on.
Did you mean "unaware"? Because I don't think that the public either then or now know much about the day to day business of any of those, save perhaps MPA, and only if you spoonfeed them the answers.
 

Yokel

LE
I did indeed mean 'unaware'. I shall stand against the wall and berate myself for lack of attention.

Interviewer: What is your greatest strength?
Yokel: Well Mr Swan, I think it is my great attention to detail...
Interviewer: My name is Swayne, NOT Swan!

They also probably did not get that the CVS was designed as an ASW helicopter carrier and not a (Sea) Harrier carrier.

Serious question - who invented dipping sonar?
 
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Just discovered a bit more about ‘Jive Turkey’ who it turns out has a rather interesting background.

Submarine warfare is very complicated and a rather dark art, but a good teacher can make a huge difference. Retired submariner Aaron 'Jive Turkey’ Amick it appears was just that. A 20 year veteran submariner joined the USN and spent a year going to submarine and sonar schools.

At that time, the Navy was adding a lot of technical schools and top students were moved into the next school instead of given orders to a sea command. This allowed him to move up from A school (basic sonar) to C school (advanced sonar) to multiple Maintenance Specialist schools just by keeping his grades up so by the time he had got to his first submarine, he had attended most sonar schools the Navy had to offer.

After five years of sea duty a new sonar system was being installed and he took advantage of his rotation date to get back into the training pipeline spent six months learning the then new AN/BQQ-5E sonar system operation and maintenance then the last six months learning submarine warfare tactics and current intelligence on every major sea power in the world. At night, taking that knowledge and using it in the Tactical Trainer, before then going back to sea on an Ohio Class boat.

His next spell ashore saw him an Instructor at King’s Bay Naval Base Trident Training Facility then becoming a Master Training Specialist in the tactical pipeline. A further spell at sea saw him on a fast attack boat out of New London conducting missions in the North Atlantic and South Pacific before coming towards the end of his tour of service. The Navy then finished off his career by put him on a Training Tiger Team for the latest sonar system, the AN/BQQ-10 where he finished 20 years of submarine service by going to multiple sea commands training their Weapons Department on employment of the new sonar tools in the BQQ-10 suite.

On leaving the Navy he joined IBM but in his spare time had begun gaming and YouTubing. Cold Waters was released in June of 2017 and he bought a copy. A Cold War era submarine game centred around the American 688 fast attack submarine, he decided to record Cold Waters gameplay while narrating real-world employment tactics. His first Cold Waters video 'Greenland Sea Convoy Hunt' got over 200K views.

His whiteboard videos are obviously declassified material however he does an amazing job of making the subject he has done interesting to the laymen who have found and also follow his Youtubing productions which now mainly centre around the Gaming tutorials he has now made his business. A good example of using what the service taught him to earn a living and live a hobby that was his business.
 
An experienced acoustics operator - on whatever platform - is an artisan of the highest order.

We need more of them.

Regards,
MM
 

Daxx

MIA
Book Reviewer
My memories of HMS Dolphin are fond. Cdr J T, a great if alcoholic wardroom with an amazing view, and enjoying the 'tank' more than I thought I would.

Also, Mr Turkey explains the layer well :)
 
Just seen him again. This guy is amusing interesting instructive and puts it over well...certainly to us laypersons on the art of the undersea battleground.

Had submariner friends and yes its old but started watching the BBC's ‘Perisher’ the other day, had friends who went through it, then saw this which was an interesting sonar view into what goes on in those undersea duels.



A recent lecture on Russia's quietest SSBN’s.

 
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