The New Russian Diesel
Strategy Page has a short story about the new class of Russian diesel boats coming out. (I posted a little about these new boats earlier.) One little tidbit I hadn't heard before:
"Each crewmember has their own cabin (very small for the junior crew, but still, a big morale boost)."
The boat's only 1,750 tons, so I'm really surprised about this (if it's true, and not just Russian propaganda). The sub's designed for a crew of 41, and I'm not sure it's the best use of space to put up that many bulkheads. On the other hand, we're not buying them, and since the main customers will probably be our potential rivals, I'm for anything that reduces their combat effectiveness.
On the other hand, separate cabins is one sure way to get rid of any "berthing issues" with respect to women on subs.
Update 1023 25 Sep: Speaking of potential rivals buying the Amur-class boats:
"Venezuela intends to consider buying Russian Amur-class submarines, the country's Navy said. Vice Admiral Jose Laguna, the Navy's commander-in-chief, will discuss this issue during his upcoming visit to Russia. "