Strange really isn't it? I feel exactly the same about you poor sods lying in holes full of cold water. No sarcasm implied or intended.An interesting watch. Just watching the original perisher course on you tube I first watched in the 80s. As a former infanteer hats off to submariners.
Just watched the documentary on The Perisher course and one of the candidates / victims used this to great effect. Clever stuff.
I did a Command Course in a different field that was similar in that you were expected to deal with whatever came your way. There the difference ended in that ok, balls it up and it got very dangerous, very quickly but we didn’t have people actively trying to make life difficult. Enormous respect to submariners generally but those that get through The Perisher must be quite something?
On the subject of the characteristics of sea water: I did a stint in Gib and we were accommodated in HMS Rook. The bar filled up with very pale people one evening and I got chatting with them. One said that the salinity of the Med is different to that of the Atlantic. This affects water density (or was it osmosis, I was struggling with the brandy sours / technical aspects by this point). This then creates two different currents through the Straits, one deep, one shallow that flow in opposite directions. A trick for boats trying to sneak through (ISTR he mentioned the Sov Black Sea fleet routing via the Bosphorous?) was to “hang” in the relevant layer and drift through on the current?
Wind up or Gen?
This could have been a more interesting article. My thoughts are that the designer never checked Google or YouTube for pictures of inside SSBNs and that his 'advisors' must have been on drugs!
Stand by for tomorrow's exciting finale!!
Viewers have been gripped by TV drama Vigil. But there is also another mystery at the heart of the show - namely, what exactly a nuclear submarine is even supposed to look like.www.dailymail.co.uk
The superb book Hunter Killer relates the story of HMS Sceptre, trailing a Delta, literally bumped into it, resulting in the Delta's propeller gouging an inch deep cut in the outer casing...One problem with boats is that some large holes must be cut into the hull during a refit, in order to get old kit out and new kit in. The hull is in the order of 2 inches thick, but each time there is a hole cut, then re-fixed, the maximum safe diving depth of the boat is reduced