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Old 08-25-09, 10:22 PM   #1
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Run Silent, Run Deep

Was out for a long ride on Sunday, stopped at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum near Bremerton, Washington.

Saw a couple of retired subs in the parking lot, like this:



And this:



I then asked if I could see the Navy's current fleet in action, and the guard pointed me toward this:



Spooky...

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Old 08-25-09, 11:29 PM   #2
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LOL That is funny!

I was on SSN 596

We had one stationary bike for 120 guys and a row machine...I am sure times have changed..
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Old 08-26-09, 03:41 AM   #3
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LOL That is funny!

I was on SSN 596

We had one stationary bike for 120 guys and a row machine...I am sure times have changed..
That's revision..........back in the civil war they had hand cranks for 8.....
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LOL That is funny!

I was on SSN 596

We had one stationary bike for 120 guys and a row machine...I am sure times have changed..
wow! only one stationary bike and a row machine? how many knots would she do?

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LOL That is funny!

I was on SSN 596

We had one stationary bike for 120 guys and a row machine...I am sure times have changed..
I was on SSN 757. We sometimes had 2 exercise bikes and a treadmill for 120 guys. They haven't changed that much.
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That's cool.

We have a couple of subs out our way here in the middle of the country,

the Batfish in Muskogee OK,



and North Little Rock's own Razorback. Woo Pig Sooiee!

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This was my home away from home for about 6 years. SSBN623.
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I was in Trickie Dickie's Royal Air Circus, so I've only been on board as a visitor. However, I wanted to comment on the title - I LOVED that movie! I got to see it (the 1st time) as part of a rich friend's birthday party. I've re-watched it many times over the years and often thought I'd enter the Silent Service, but my asthma kept me out of the Navy - neither the Army nor the AF had any qualms about that.

Thanks to all who have served.
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I had a good friend who was a submarine officer - it sounded to me like a *ton* of work.
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With mild claustrophobia I especially admire those who served in subs!
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Where was that photo taken?
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That's cool.

We have a couple of subs out our way here in the middle of the country,

the Batfish in Muskogee OK,


somebody needs to double check their navigation.... she's run aground, sir!
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Wow, lots of bubbleheads here.

I was a nuke MM on the 610 and survived a collision at sea:



(actually there were no casualties but I like the dramatic impact) We got run over by our own destroyer near Subic. We were a deconverted SSBN so there was some extra room between the missiles but we still only had one excersize bike.

Then switched to the 612, not nearly as much room.
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Wow, lots of bubbleheads here.

I was a nuke MM on the 610 and survived a collision at sea:

Are those gang members spray painting the conning tower? Geez, nothing is safe anymore!
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My college roommate, who just retired from the navy, commanded a Trident submarine for a while. I got a tour a couple of times, and was mightily impressed. Those things are longer than the Washington monument is tall.
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Good grief excersize bikes. Fresh air 24/7 no snorkel what a bunch a wooosis. USS blenny SS-324 and USS corporal SS 346 now those were real pig boats. Especially if you were lucky enough to take one of the extended trips, where the heaters were turned off and the showers were full of potatoes for a couple a months. We were ripe on the return from those. USN CPO ret. 1980

BTW those are DSRV and research vessels not combat subs. Mostly civillian.

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Good grief excersize bikes. Fresh air 24/7 no snorkel what a bunch a wooosis. USS blenny SS-324 and USS corporal SS 346 now those were real pig boats. Especially if you were lucky enough to take one of the extended trips, where the heaters were turned off and the showers were full of potatoes for a couple a months. We were ripe on the return from those. USN CPO ret. 1980
I'll yield to your stories of diesel boat hardships chief, but fresh air on a nuke boat? Unh-uh. We came to snorkel depth (yes we had one) once a watch to ventilate and that didn't really do much for the cigarette smoke, coner farts, and amine atmosphere.
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I wasn't on one, but my father was on the USS Baleo, a WWII vintage sub. It had two points of distinction: 1. it was buzzed by a Cuban fighter plane in, IIRC 1952, and 2. the conning tower was used in filming the movie, "Operation Petticoat."

I was Navy, but I sailed a chair on an Air Force base. There's just something wrong about boarding a boat you know will sink before it gets out of the harbor!
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I've walked through a few subs at museums. There's one in Manitowoc at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. They manufactured Gato-class subs there during WWII and have one on display, in very good restored condition.

I can't imagine serving on that first sub you posted BengeBoy.
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I can't imagine serving on that first sub you posted BengeBoy.
As noted above, I'm 99% sure they were research subs for ocean research, though I've always suspected that many "research subs" had military/intelligence applications as well.
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"Run Silent, Run Deep" by Edward L Beach was one of my favorite books growing up. I so wanted to be in the submarine service. Then at age 16 when I reached 6'2'' I realized this was not such a good idea.
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Run Silent, Run Deep is a great movie. Another one I never miss is Down Periscope. My family did not believe how true to life I said it was.
That second picture reminds me of the Triest.
I was a skimmer. The submariners say there's only two types of naval vessels, subs, and targets.

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USS Parche SSN 683. We had 1 stationary bike, it didn't get used much it was above the reactor.
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This is a great thread. It's nice to know there're a good number of mentally stable 50+'ers on this sub-forum...


I can't wait for the Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb thread to draw out the Slim Pickins in us all.
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As noted above, I'm 99% sure they were research subs for ocean research, though I've always suspected that many "research subs" had military/intelligence applications as well.
No way they lack the speed and endurance and are launched from a surface vessel.

Didn't say the nukes were a picnic, sub life was a hard row to hoe reguardless, battery or nuke. Took some very unpleasant trips. The long runs 56 days and 61 days on conventionals in the submerged mode snorkeling every day to recharge batteries and make water were not some of my favorite memories lol.
Good grief I just had to delete a bunch a stuff as I remembered why its called the silent service.

The movies mentioned were good but the one that bothered me most (and I did read the book) was the
"Hunt for Red October" so much accurate data and things that were considered or expermental were covered that I thought they might charge the author with treason.
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