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Old 06-30-2022, 03:44 PM   #1
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Talking Help out an ex-submariner here

Okay, I spent 10+ years on board US Navy submarines and part of that experience is the joy of qualifying on board each and every boat. Part of the qualification process is learning every single system on board - the systems included the nuclear reactor, steam propulsion, multiple hydraulic oil systems, pneumatic systems from 15psi up to 4500psi, trim systems, drain systems plumbing, sonar, fire control, weapons systems etc. Everyone from the CO down to the lowest, newest seaman onboard the boat is required to learn every one of these systems by heart and memory. It's been 40+ years since I first qualified on board my first submarine and to this day I can still draw and tell you where the switches and valves are located for those systems from memory.

After discovering RV'ing I've noticed that RV's are remarkably similar to submarines - propulsion systems - Check, hydraulic systems - Check, pneumatic systems - Check, AC systems - Check, electrical Systems - Check, Torpedo System - Check - WHAT, WAIT? Where are the torpedo tubes on this damn RV?


So who can tell me where the Torpedo tubes are located on a Class A RV? Without this key piece of information I'll never pass my RV qualification review board.
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Did you check the Option Box for Torpedo tubes?
N/A ----Optional Equip Factory order only
No aftermarket modifications


NAVY Tin Can...Our Engineering Officer required us to qualify in all engineering aspects so I was a Primary MM with Secondary in BT
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As the Fourth of July approaches, let me think each of you, and every Veteran here, for your service.

I always thought submarines were neat, but I think I would have stood a better chance of surviving on a Tin Can before a submarine. Need my fresh air.
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There are two. One for the black torpedoes……

Likely no internal firing mechanism though.
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Did you check the Option Box for Torpedo tubes?
N/A ----Optional Equip Factory order only
No aftermarket modifications


NAVY Tin Can...Our Engineering Officer required us to qualify in all engineering aspects so I was a Primary MM with Secondary in BT
2 knots, no smoke. We never had a full complement in Main Control or AER. Always borrowing messengers, throttlemen and evaporator watchmen from R Division. Stood 6 on/6 off on top of all that. Now if I recall correctly, the first six weeks or so at Snipes Castle had us learning the entire engineering plant.
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No torpedo option, but if I open a valve on the bottom I can drop some nasty mines.
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I went through the self-paced Nuc MM course in Great Lakes. I completed the self-paced basic tool course (forgot the real name) in two days. Then did the self-paced MM course work on the 600# steam plant - because nuc submarines use a 600# wet steam plant - in five days including tracing the steam plant systems. Both the 600# and 1200# plants were down for maintenance so I didn't even get to see the plants up and running. In all, I spent more time waiting for school to start and for my orders out of Great Lakes than I did in school - In all I was a push button E4 15 weeks after I entered the Navy in San Diego.
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2 knots, no smoke. We never had a full complement in Main Control or AER. Always borrowing messengers, throttlemen and evaporator watchmen from R Division. Stood 6 on/6 off on top of all that. Now if I recall correctly, the first six weeks or so at Snipes Castle had us learning the entire engineering plant.
Nothing gives one a better aspect of throttleman then having to stand burnerman watch especially during maneuvers
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Nothing gives one a better aspect of throttleman then having to stand burnerman watch especially during maneuvers
I know. At 540# the BTs tend to get stuck in the Guarding valve.
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My RV doesn't have a torpedo tube but I do have a paint ball gun behind the grill for those that slow down in front of me. I send them home with a souvenir.

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I know. At 540# the BTs tend to get stuck in the Guarding valve.
Intentionally pulled a 1200# down to 1080# full throttle run trying to stay out in front of the Big 'E'
Intensely listening for the 'pinging' of water hitting turbine blades

Full out...28 knots (our keel was bent)
Big 'E' passed us and disappeared over the horizon...


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You are right about the similarities between qualifying on subs and learning to operate and repair an RV (albeit the latter not having torpedo tubes). I was a nuke electrician later fleeting up to become an O-ganger. We read the manuals, understand the operating procedures, and double check our repairs. No better training for the RV life than submarines. You surface pukes are OK and all of that, but in my world you were just targets. You could get away with your mistakes. On the boats...well, that would be bad.
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Okay, I spent 10+ years on board US Navy submarines and part of that experience is the joy of qualifying on board each and every boat. Part of the qualification process is learning every single system on board - the systems included the nuclear reactor, steam propulsion, multiple hydraulic oil systems, pneumatic systems from 15psi up to 4500psi, trim systems, drain systems plumbing, sonar, fire control, weapons systems etc. Everyone from the CO down to the lowest, newest seaman onboard the boat is required to learn every one of these systems by heart and memory. It's been 40+ years since I first qualified on board my first submarine and to this day I can still draw and tell you where the switches and valves are located for those systems from memory.

After discovering RV'ing I've noticed that RV's are remarkably similar to submarines - propulsion systems - Check, hydraulic systems - Check, pneumatic systems - Check, AC systems - Check, electrical Systems - Check, Torpedo System - Check - WHAT, WAIT? Where are the torpedo tubes on this damn RV?


So who can tell me where the Torpedo tubes are located on a Class A RV? Without this key piece of information I'll never pass my RV qualification review board.
I will respond to "Part of the qualification process is learning every single system on board .... nuclear reactor, steam propulsion, ... fire control"

Your are wise to understand the systems. See my last posting and please comment:

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We have experience in the fields you comment on, and fully agree that education is important.

Question, did you order the amphibious model RV?
They ordinarily only come with fishing pole holders as standard equipment

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