Life on a sub

A recurring question most boat sailors hear most has to do with what it’s like to live on a submarine.


If you think about it, purposely going underwater for months at a time isn’t exactly what you learn about in schools when it comes to life.

The Navy has an interesting link up right now called “Life on a sub”

Its got lots of neat promotional videos and made me wish I wasn’t so danged old and decrepit. There are some accurate points but this one made me smile a bit:

“Rest assured, it’s not all work and no play aboard a Navy Sub. There is some downtime that can be beneficial to team building and personal rejuvenation. And it’s important to take advantage of it when you can. Here’s how a typical day breaks down:

    • 6 hours of sleep time
    • 6 hours spent on watch (actively operating assigned equipment)
    • 12 hours spent off watch (this time is divided between eating, studying, training, qualifying and free time)

From watching movies to playing games, socializing to exercising, your time away from work can be as exciting or relaxing as you want it to be.”

I can almost hear a couple of thousand sailors laughing out loud right about now after reading that short bit. I seem to remember a few things that interfered like drills, battle stations, casualties, field days, school of the boat and so on that continually interfered with that magical “12 hours spent off watch”. Actually, for most of the five boats I was on, it was more like six hours but I may have just been an unlucky fellow.


I read yesterday that there is now a new task force to speed up the process of putting women on subs. I wish them luck. From my few years experience on one of the first integrated surface ships, I saw a lot of interesting things. Apparently it works well on many ships now so it was only a matter of time.

Rear Admiral Rayborn and Admiral Burke

“Now where exactly will the Waves quarters be Admiral?”


As for this old boy, I am just glad not to have to deal with the additional pressure of being under the ocean’s surface for three months a few feet away from someone who I am not supposed to develop any feelings for (or worse). Because we all know that twenty year old boys and girls never ever ever fall in love (lust).


The Navy may want to reconsider the last sentence in red in the promo above before they start integrating.

As a submariner for life, I can see some young sailors taking that as someone’s blessing …

GO Navy


Mister Mac



3 thoughts on “Life on a sub

  1. Heck they make it sound like a pleasure cruise 🙂 I have never ever been as tired as I have been while underway. Not before the Navy and not after, it is a grueling existence.

    But I guess you have to get them in the door some how. 🙂

  2. Yeah, the military seems to be in denial about hormones–just like the Boy Scouts!

    Sent from my iPad


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