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That looks like one of those "mind the gap" shots ya see on the Chive.

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@RedDenver couldn't think of a better place to ask this but saw your chat about submarines and not seeing sunlight for months...

 

Is that true? Meaning, you would stay submerged for months at a time without ever being able to open up the hatch and get outside for a bit?

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1 hour ago, Enhance said:

@RedDenver couldn't think of a better place to ask this but saw your chat about submarines and not seeing sunlight for months...

 

Is that true? Meaning, you would stay submerged for months at a time without ever being able to open up the hatch and get outside for a bit?

Yes. Ballistic missile subs stay submerged for about 2-3 months at a time, but someone else will have to comment on specifics since I was on a fast attack sub. I did a bunch of underways that were 1 month or less submerged and a handful that were 3 months or less submerged. We did have times where we surfaced and got out on the deck (called a steel beach or swim call depending if we were allowed to get in the water), but those were when we weren't on mission. I swam in both the Indian and Arctic Oceans on swim calls, so I have the claim to fame that I've swum in all 4 of the world's oceans. (Well, I "swam" in the Arctic as in I jumped in and got out as fast as humanly possible.)

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12 minutes ago, RedDenver said:

Yes. Ballistic missile subs stay submerged for about 2-3 months at a time, but someone else will have to comment on specifics since I was on a fast attack sub. I did a bunch of underways that were 1 month or less submerged and a handful that were 3 months or less submerged. We did have times where we surfaced and got out on the deck (called a steel beach or swim call depending if we were allowed to get in the water), but those were when we weren't on mission. I swam in both the Indian and Arctic Oceans on swim calls, so I have the claim to fame that I've swum in all 4 of the world's oceans. (Well, I "swam" in the Arctic as in I jumped in and got out as fast as humanly possible.)

That's still really impressive (to me at least). I'm not overly claustrophobic but I would've probably been a little uncomfortable... constantly being aware that I'm surrounded by a compressing trillions of gallons of water, potentially hundreds of feet deep, all the time.

 

I do the same thing to myself on planes. I'm generally relaxed, but at the same time, hard for me to ignore the fact that I'm floating in a tube 30,000 feet in the air with no control over anything.

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22 minutes ago, RedDenver said:

Yes. Ballistic missile subs stay submerged for about 2-3 months at a time, but someone else will have to comment on specifics since I was on a fast attack sub. I did a bunch of underways that were 1 month or less submerged and a handful that were 3 months or less submerged. We did have times where we surfaced and got out on the deck (called a steel beach or swim call depending if we were allowed to get in the water), but those were when we weren't on mission. I swam in both the Indian and Arctic Oceans on swim calls, so I have the claim to fame that I've swum in all 4 of the world's oceans. (Well, I "swam" in the Arctic as in I jumped in and got out as fast as humanly possible.)

 

I jumped in the water runoff of a glacier in Alaska, and immediately jumped out. Worst. Shrinkage. Evar. 

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Just now, Cdog923 said:

 

I jumped in the water runoff of a glacier in Alaska, and immediately jumped out. Worst. Shrinkage. Evar. 

Hahaha!

 

Yep, I had to swim back to the sub and climb up a cargo net. My hair was almost frozen solid by the time I got below decks; took about half an hour standing in the hot part of the engine room to not feel cold anymore.

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1 hour ago, Enhance said:

@RedDenver @Cdog923

 

I have a perhaps irrational fear of testicular torsion (which can sometimes happen when the area around the groin rapidly changes temperature, particularly warm to cold) and therefore will never jump in freezing cold water.

Probably good that I never knew that until now.

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