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Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Navy Submarine Video

Here's a new "informational" video from the U.S. Navy about submarines:

My favorite part is when they correctly say that "the Seawolf class is exceptionally quiet, fast, well-armed, and equipped with advanced sensors". Especially the "fast" part.


Anonymous STS2 said...

There's something kind of erotic about watching a boat surface through the ice. It moved....

4/18/2011 10:31 AM

Anonymous Ex 713 YN said...

Just curious did anyone on a 688 ever actually have 140 people assigned to the crew? I was on 713 in Guam and for quite awhile we were lucky to have between 115/120, we got as low as 105 once.

Oh and remember when surfacing through ice "penetration however slight is sufficient to complete the offense".

I also liked how the video referred to them as boats, big navy usually doesn't.

4/18/2011 12:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The video reminded me of an oolie:

What's the standard number of permanently installed eyebolts on a 688I?

The Rubber Duck, for one, would probably know the answer.

Clyde R. Hensley

4/18/2011 1:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It warms the cockles to know that while many things have changed, after 30+ years "oolie" still exists (-;

It has slipped out over the years when a real stumper has come up and always gets me a WTF look in the civy world. Explain it and they still look mystified. I guess you just had to be there...

Old chief from the dark ages

4/18/2011 3:13 PM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

Seems like we always had more on long inport periods (SRA's/DMP's) than we did when the boat went to sea. I know when we went on my first Westpac we had about 115 on board plus 12-15 on augments/schools. 140 though? Never. That might be 100 percent manning, but tell me when THAT has ever happened, especially back aft.

4/18/2011 3:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

taking comp tomorrow. up to my eyeballs in oolies.

4/18/2011 4:45 PM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

It warms the cockles to know that while many things have changed, after 30+ years "oolie" still exists (-;

Teaching a bunch of Skimmers for a living, I use the term "Oolie" in class on a daily basis...Of course I have to go into a 3-minute discourse on what the term MEANS on the first day. Most of my students had never heard the term before.

4/18/2011 5:38 PM

Anonymous Ex 713 YN said...

Ok I'll bite, what's an oolie?

4/18/2011 7:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Ex713YN: Look it up, nub!

(j/k Apparently, "What is an oolie" is an oolie for you...)

4/18/2011 8:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how they were saying "state of the art" while filming a guy on paper charts! Didn't Virginia-class go all-digital along with most of the surface fleet? I remember being told there wouldn't even be chart lockers on Virginia.

4/18/2011 11:22 PM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

Funny how they were saying "state of the art" while filming a guy on paper charts!

Yeah, I kind of thought that amusing myself. Has to be an older video clip...All(?) of the SSN's are more or less paperless now. Surface guys? Not so much. Only about half of them.

4/19/2011 2:59 AM

Anonymous Veemann said...

Nice little video.

From time to time I throw out a term that my wife will say huh? WTF is that?? Oolie was a recent one so when one of these come up now in outside-the-Navy-life-situations she will say "hey, isn't that one of those whatchamacallit oolie thingies..."

4/19/2011 3:29 AM

Blogger chief torpedoman said...

What'a an oolie? Ah the term is still alive. To those who don't know, take your qual cards back to the COB until you find out. Or you can ask the Andrews Sisters here:

When a fella meets a girl in Switzerland
There's a certain thing he's gotta do
He can never, never take her by the hand
Till he learns to toolie oolie doo

When you get lonely
Now you know what to do
Toolie oolie doolie doo
And make your dreams come true

4/19/2011 5:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in...... Another CO fired for not being a grad of Canoe U.... err for cause

4/19/2011 10:13 AM

Anonymous STS2 said...

He's a P-3 driver, so fuck him in the neck anyway.

4/19/2011 12:12 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

The latest submarine CO may be one of a kind.

4/19/2011 4:21 PM

Anonymous T said...

The rumour I always heard was that Oolie came from a misprint on the spare main cooling pumps on one of the early classes of boats, to where it said Main "ooling" pump. So, a common question to stump nubs was to ask them to find the main ooling pump which was obviously in the RC.

If it's from that song, that's pretty interesting, as the "ooling" pump story was pretty widespread, I've heard it from multiple sources.

4/19/2011 8:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Vigilis - that is the dumbest post I have ever read. Please stop wasting the electrons it takes to post such things.

On my boat we did not have a single USNA grad above the division officer level. CO, XO, NAV, ENG, and WEPS were all non-USNA. Please spare me your chicken little conspiracy theories.

4/20/2011 5:51 AM

Blogger chief torpedoman said...

tsaid: Not it's not from the song. I just did a quick google and found that. It would be a good song to have the Nubs learn and sing, though.

4/20/2011 5:59 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: T said... 4/19/2011 8:44 PM

Having been on a fairly early class (588), I can say I never heard that story.

The genesis I heard was that it came from "Ooh, that's a good question!" or something to that effect.

It's great lore no matter what(-;

Old chief from the dark ages

4/20/2011 9:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anon 5:51 AM

"On my boat we did not have a single USNA grad above the division officer level. CO, XO, NAV, ENG, and WEPS were all non-USNA."

Wouldn't it be a better refutation og Vig if you could at least name your boat and the years when it's supposed wardroom composition was as you say? Of course it would.

But, as we all know, then someone else actually on the boat at the same time might disagree with your pathetic rantings.


4/20/2011 11:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vigilis said....
ooh ooh ooh read my stupid blog!

I'll bet even a USNA grad could post a correct link to his own blog. Maybe someone deep in the consipracy edited your post here right after you posted it, to make you look like an idiot.

4/20/2011 11:40 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a working link to Vig's
pianist sub CO. Vig, you gotta be more careful, and yes, you owe me another cool one! -Rex

4/20/2011 12:06 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Rex - I didn't include the details because it didn't matter but here goes anyway:

USS MAINE (GOLD) from late 2006 when our USNA grad ENG was relieved by a non-USNA grad until early 2009 when a USNA grad relieved as WEPS.

That time period included 2 CO's and 2 XOs, of the 4 none were USNA grads. Oh and both CO's had the band in attendance at their change of command.

4/20/2011 1:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon @1:14 PM

Very well, then. Your experience occurred well before the last 28 months the period specified by Vig's blog for the changes we have been witnessing. Never learned to read well, or just an attention deficit?


4/20/2011 4:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rex - you are just a dick...who tries continuously to belittle people on here...

4/20/2011 5:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, listening to you girls bicker, it's got me wondering if they let women on submarines years ago. Must be sonar techs. Meow...

4/20/2011 6:27 PM

Anonymous T said...

anon @ 5:26 PM:

You do realize that is the defining trait of (career) submariners, right?

4/20/2011 9:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a dick is being a submariner. However, most submariners aren't complete dicks like Rex (that is reserved for SWOs). They occassionaly will engage in a decent discussion of a relative topic rather than just continuously berating others that do (despite some of those "others" being so stupid as to deserve a jab now and then).

4/21/2011 6:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah...what he said

4/21/2011 7:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yer mom's an oolie!

4/21/2011 8:08 PM

Anonymous Ex 713 YN said...

Ah so that's an oolie, guess A gang was wise to store them with the spark plugs for the diesel.

4/23/2011 1:37 PM


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