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.
Man, you ought to be able to answer a lot of questions on this one. Here's a few: 1. Would you "crash dive" in 20 fathoms of water. 2. How long does it take to crash dive. 3. Is the top of the sail (where Beer says he was standing) called the bridge. 4. Would the OOD normally be accompanied only by the Corpsman on a surfaced submarine.
posted on 02/28/2002 2:07:08 PM PST
If my memory serves correctly, upon separation from military (or civilian federal) service where the member had access to classified info, the member must sign a document promising not to discuss (or write a book!)about said classified information. If this is violated, former military personnel can be called up for Active Duty for their Court Martial. Even old retired guys. I assume everything a submariner does while underway is classified. Regardless of whether or not the plane went down right over Chief Beer's head, by revealing the location of his sub on a particular night may have violated DoD security policy.
posted on 02/28/2002 2:22:15 PM PST
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