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Friday, May 14, 2010

USS Shark Documentary

The Naval History and Heritage Command has a YouTube channel with lots of good old videos. Last week, they uploaded a three-part documentary (total running time about 28 minutes) about USS Shark (SSN 591) that was released in 1965. Here are the links:

Makes for some good weekend viewing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes that interior looked like a Skipjack class and sometimes it did not. Sonar looked rather empty; the mess deck had a screwy layout; several things seemed wrong with the layout in control.

Served on one, been on two others and they all looked a lot alike...

Must have been a lot of simulation going on! They loaded a MK 14 in the tube but called for MK 37's to be fired. When All Stop was ordered the annunciator was at 1/3 bell but showed answering full. Only one guy in sonar for battle stations? Talking to the fire control party on an MC circuit when they are on the starboard side of control?

Wonder if they had actors doing the parts or the crew doing a script? No one seemed very familiar with what they were saying.

Old Chief from he dark ages

5/14/2010 2:39 PM

Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

Certainly brought back memories of my time as a JO on BARBEL and SEADRAGON with the BOR 2 B Sonar and the Mk 101 Fire Control System. The Battle Stations OOD was a Naval Academy Classmate, Eric Krieger. It must have been shot in 1966 because my class did not make LT until then.

5/14/2010 9:26 PM

Blogger Roy said...

Early in part one as they were preparing to dive you heard them "rig out the bow planes". That doesn't happen on a Skipjack. And where did that conning tower come from?

I think most of this was shot on a diesel boat or inside of an attack teacher stimulator. For example, there were no frame bays outboard the diving stand or BCP.

Oh well, it was still entertaining to see all that stuff from my days long ago.

5/15/2010 1:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the "set condition ultra quiet." The IC Manual has changed a lot since then, but no doubt that's what they said.

We still have vestiges (sp?) of that old way of doing it when we say "Set Condition 1SQ" on SSBNs!!

Great videos-- thanks Joel!!

5/15/2010 2:38 PM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

Methinks the ONLY parts that were filmed on the boat itself were in the vicinity of the BCP and Fire Control. Conn, Sonar, SCP and elsewhere...not so much. Always got a kick out of walking up the brow to the FWP, in the door, down the hatch and into Control. Was the exception rather than the norm, but there ya go. Good documentary given the day and age.

5/16/2010 5:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I had forgotten about using the sail hatch for access and you are right, it was unusual to use it as the normal egress/ingress. For a clue as to what we are talking about see this:

The brow would be attached to the fairwater plane. Note the safety chains around the edges of the plane.

For a view of a real control room see:

I think the almost whole thing was shot in a trainer. Others have noted the lack of frames in some of the control room pictures and there is just too much piping and cabling missing. The wardroom looked OK but that was about it for me.

Old Chief from the dark ages

5/16/2010 10:08 AM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

For me, the shots around Fire Control were about right, as were the BCP, which were probably shot from ESM looking forward. In the videos, the scopes were oriented fore-aft, which 585's definately were NOT. Crew's Mess? Not even close (No WTD to the TR).

5/16/2010 1:05 PM

Anonymous Wendy said...

It will not succeed in actual fact, that is what I think.

9/01/2012 6:41 AM


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