After making six patrols with some of the craziest captains you have ever met …
I guarantee you no submarine can turn upside down …
- You have personnel onboard that can’t stand on their heads
- You have cooling water for the reactor on nuclear submarines
- You have weapons with nasty little things called warheads
- There is always someone in the head (restroom for land people) and they would become quite upset
I was on a round bottom diesel submarine that did a 57 degree roll one time and I thought I was going to die being as how I was the lookout in the bridge and reached out touching the lull of the wave.
We did have one captain that would get the sub going as fast as he could and then roll off like a fighter jet going port and then starboard. He wanted to do a 360 but couldn’t figure out how to keep the batteries all in one place.
We had one captain that use to run around the Med at periscope depth without the periscope up with those big oil tankers coming out of the Suez Canal having a 60’ draft … now that’s what I call crazy.
He went on to be in the commander in charge of all submarines on patrol out of Colorado.