I see Irvine is in a lying death spiral. Now his "witness" claims his submarine "crash dived" when TWA 800 broke apart above it. Maybe someone can explain how a submarine with a 30 foot draft can "crash dive" in water 120 feet deep. Any submariners out there that can offer some insight into what is involved in a crash dive. Also, can any submariners offer some insight into how common it was for the boat's Corpsman and Comm O to be the only two guys above deck on a surfaced submarine.
posted on 02/28/2002 1:44:21 PM PST
Well, since I once served on USS TREPANG, I guess I can answer this one. We usually run on the surface until we get to the 100 fathom curve (600 feet for those in Denver). But if something was going on that we didn't want to be a part of, we could submerge in much less than 120 feet of water. Trust me on this ;-)
By the way, TREPANG's weapons shipping hatch, and parts of her crews mess and enlisted berthing are in the Submarine exhibit in the National Museum of American History.
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