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Sunday, April 24, 2005

New Submarine Documentary Tonight

Tonight at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel is a new documentary that discusses the construction of USS Virginia -- Submarine: Hidden Hunter. (Also, this morning, they're showing three episodes of Sharks of Steel. When they show the "Battle Stations" clip on the Topeka, you'll be able to see me getting up out of my chair in the Wardroom. I'm the one who carefully pushes my chair back under the table; after all, stowage for sea is important!).

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can you tell the difference from the Seawolf and Virginia class of submarine.

4/24/2005 12:26 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

The Virginia is the one that hides in the corner when the Seawolf sails by? (Didn't know if the comment was the first line of a joke.) Seriously, Seawolfs have a 40 foot diameter, while Virginia have a 33 ft diameter. Virginia's a little bit longer than the first two Seawolfs (about 25 feet). Also, the Virginia sail sits a little farther forward on the hull than they do on Seawolfs. (Since Virginias have a non-penetrating scope, you're not constrained to putting the sail above the control room, and apparently it's hydrodynamically advantageous to have the sail farther forward.) Bottom line: if they're not side by side, it'd be hard for a layman to tell which was which.

4/24/2005 3:20 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

"Wow! You're a MOVIE star!" ninme gushes.

4/24/2005 3:36 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

The show was pretty good, but one of the Virginia guys said he was a "sub-MARR-in-er"...

4/24/2005 7:01 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

As well he should. He is a sub-MAR-iner. He mariners sub the mar.

I TiVoed it, but we watched a crappy battlestar gallactica instead, because Jeff Harrell keeps telling me it's the most awesome and incredible thing ever (and he would use awesome in the technical, literal sense, not the stoner sense), and it was the most melodramatic, unbelievable, suspension-of-disbelief-suspended-to-violin-string-taughtness ridiculousness, and I wish I'd seen the sub thing instead. Tomorrow, perhaps.

Tell us another submarine joke! The news is invariably depressing. Unless you want to talk about religion some more, but that particular subject might need a little rest.

4/24/2005 10:58 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Other than the gay whale joke, there aren't any traditional submarine-type jokes. If you think the news is all depressing, I ran across a site that made me really depressed. See, this site had a post that was really, really horrible, and I couldn't stop laughing at it. You shouldn't visit it if you don't like obscenities, though, or have any basic humanity left in you. If not, and you enjoy "humor" that should probably be a cause for psychiatric treatment, then you can click here

4/24/2005 11:39 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

Yeah I saw that a couple days ago, following links from Cdr Salamander's glorious Andrew Sullivan Freak-Out Advisory System.

4/25/2005 12:59 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

Okay, I just started that show, and in the first two minutes the guy with the deep and dramatic voice is narrating over all these fancy computer screens and the one guy shows off that it's like comparing an F-16 to the starship enterprise (very funny) and then things start to get under way and the guy yells "Dive dive" and then! After all these years! "ar-OOOG-a ar-OOOOG-a!"

Hah!

Ah, it's the little consistencies in life that please me.

4/25/2005 7:52 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

10 minutes in. Two thoughts. First, tell me those things aren't running windows. Second, they just showed a Virginia (what a nice name) being constructed and they showed that strange bulbous thing that Alan was a little nervous about showing the other week. The thing I don't know anything about because it's not my business to. That thing.

4/25/2005 8:00 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

Okay, show's finished. A couple thoughts. a) What's with the baseball caps? I can't stand wearing baseball caps because they limit vision above, and it would seem to me that in a submarine the ceiling would be used to maximum effect as well as the walls. b) The chief of the boat or whatever said that tray under his bed was all he had for storage of his personal effects? What about the dress uniforms and hats and change of underwear? c) *Salad bar?!* d) With the boat tilting like that while the guys are cooking, I sure hope there's no deep fryer. e) It's supMARiner, not submarEEner.

4/25/2005 8:43 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Yes, the normal ship computers run on Windows, and yes, they crash frequently. Yes, but that picture of the sonar sphere was officially cleared by the Navy, so that makes all the difference. As far as the baseball caps, we've worn them for at least the last 40 years; some guys like hats while onboard, but most guys only wear them onboard when a TV crew's around. (You can also wear them on the Conn and turn it around to look out the 'scope; you look really cool if you pull it off right.) As far as stowage goes: there are standup lockers for the dress uniforms, but all 12 chiefs share one locker. Salad bar: Yep, but you run out of fresh veggies about 2 weeks into a run; it's nice for weekly ops, though. Yes, there's a deep fat fryer (with a really cool fire suppression system) but we normally don't do "angles and dangles" when food prep is going on unless, again, a TV crew is onboard. The most important thing to remember is that submariners are, in fact, exactly as cool as these propaganda shows make us out to be.
So, what did you think about the Swedish female submariners?

4/25/2005 10:06 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

God you guys are as bad as Senators. Hamming it up for the cameras...

Okay wait. the touch screen computers run windows? What happens if you're trying to, you know, annihilate some medium-to-large metropolitan area, and the blue screen comes up? Isn't that a little...reckless?

Yeah, I'm sure you guys all had a picture of that Swedish submariner on a flier you kept stuffing into Admirals' coat pockets at every opportunity. "She's as strong as a man! And Swedish! Pretty please?!"

I dunno. First, all that hair? On two gallons of water a week? Take it from a lady with long hair. Hell on earth. It would be SO greasy and it would only get greasier because every time you'd TRY to wash it you'd be way out of water before you'd even got halfway through rinsing the gunk out, which would just collect ickiness for the rest of the week. Horrible. Second, women are just as strong as men in Sweden? I knew they had impressively long legs, but I didn't know they had extraordinary upper body strength as well.

4/25/2005 10:22 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

I misunderstood; the touch-screens don't run Windows, but all of the desktops and laptops do. The combat system is good old military-grade software that is amazingly almost as buggy as what we get in the civilian world... Regarding female submariners, I remain convinced that the biggest opponents of allowing females as submarine crewmembers are the current submarine wives...

4/26/2005 2:49 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

Has Subbasket seen the lovely Swede?

4/26/2005 5:12 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

Yes, she did... and all she could do was look at me and say, "That just looks wrong"...

4/26/2005 10:59 PM

 
Blogger ninme said...

hehe

Yeah, she would, wouldn't she.

4/27/2005 2:20 PM

 
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