I have been asked on several occasions to do this. I have always tried to remain humble about my life experiences but I'm willing to passionately discuss my time on and around submarines.

Proof: Here's a few pictures from my time in.

Also this periscope video of a couple of the missile launches.

There's also this collection of pictures from the embedded journalist during our missile strikes.

Edit: I have received an overwhelming amount of questions. I appoligize if I don't get to you immediately but I will try to answer each of you. Except the Trolls, I'm done feeding them for the day.

Edit 2: Thank you to all my fellow submariners who jumped in on this to help answer questions. I was having trouble answering everyone with anything more than a sentence or two.

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nuprinboy255 karma

What's the most accurate sub movie and why is it Down Periscope?

Dirtydeedsinc259 karma

That's a great movie. It probably is one of the more accurate in modern history. Tom Clancy is an idiot. Hunt for Red October sucked. The old WWII movies are slow but very accurate when you take to the old salts.

Audiman6494 karma

This is an interesting answer as Clancy's reputation for getting it right on Hunt for Red October is pretty high. I'd love to hear more of your perspective on it.

Dirtydeedsinc161 karma

He's just a soap opera writer that specializes in military themes. I don't mind his movies but take them with a grain of salt.

Audiman6460 karma

Well no doubt about the soap opera part -- and the movies just made it worse. The books were better. Still, any thoughts about the technical accuracy?

Dirtydeedsinc108 karma

Technically, he's not too far off.

QuestInTimeAndSpace28 karma

So you would count 'Das Boot' to those old movies? Only submarine movie I ever saw and I only know about subs from TV and docs but it seemed pretty realistic.

Dirtydeedsinc51 karma

Great movie. Run Silent, Run Deep is pretty good too.

HydrogenxPi15 karma

I liked The Enemy Below.

Dirtydeedsinc11 karma

Haven't seen it. I'll add it to my list.

19981999ab111 karma

What policy by country made your blood boil ?

Dirtydeedsinc451 karma

It might be selfish of me but every time congress even thinks about reducing veterans benefits of raising insurance premiums for retirees, I get pissed. I signed up and served under a promise. They have no right to change the terms of the deal after the fact.

TalkingBackAgain190 karma

They have no right to change the terms of the deal after the fact.

"I am altering the deal. Pray that I don't alter it any further."

Dirtydeedsinc126 karma

I was hoping someone would catch my subtle reference.

dermybaby110 karma

What is the coolest place you have surfaced?

Do submariners have hobbies like diving? Or are they sick of the water and play golf.

Do subs carry firearms for the crew?

Dirtydeedsinc146 karma

What is the coolest place you have surfaced?

About 2000 yards in front of an aircraft carrier for a photo op.

As for hobbies, we have large assortment of guys from all over the country. Our hobbies are as varied as the people are.

We are more than capable of defending ourselves. That's the most I can say about that.

godzirrasti60 karma

Which carrier? Former AT2, squadron guy here. I was on 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, and 77. Almost every carrier on the east coast.

Dirtydeedsinc56 karma

I honestly cant remember, It was in October 1994.

Ikereddit96 karma

Toughest moment of your career?

Dirtydeedsinc194 karma

Driving at periscope depth in the Artic Ocean during the winter time. The Ocean is a very unforgiving place. Despite the fact that you are in a vessel that weighs 6700 tons you can get tossed around like a bath toy. Trying to maintain a balance between not broaching (sticking a portion of the ship out of the water) and not sinking out while trying to see where we are going and/or communicate. We would do this for 6 hours straight, 12 hours off, and then back on, for months at a time. It sucked.

floatzilla118 karma

Fellow submariner here, I know that feeling going through ice packs as well. That was nothing compared to driving under a hurricane to do sound analysis from the turbulence. Nothing makes you nervous like 45 degree rolls while several hundred feet under water when you can't hear shit lol.

Dirtydeedsinc129 karma

I forgot about the hurricane I was under. When you can feel the swells at 600' you know you need to get the fuck out of there.

Time_Stops96 karma

Personally, what do you see as the greatest future threat to U.S. military superiority?

Dirtydeedsinc337 karma

The National Debt

Devonai89 karma

What are some lessons learned from the losses of the USS Scorpion and USS Thresher, and how do you apply that to the modern fleet?

Dirtydeedsinc106 karma

I could talk about this for days. The SUBSAFE program was put in place to ensure that no one else died due to an engineering flaw. We train on this once a year. There are certain systems onboard that ship that are affected and require special procedures and materials.

bitter_cynical_angry72 karma

Link for the lazy: SUBSAFE. There are links in that article to the ones about Thresher and Scorpion, which include specifics on how those two were lost and what changes were made in sub design as a result.

Dirtydeedsinc54 karma

Thanks for the assist.

hoohooxx88 karma

Has an animal ever been a threat to your vessel? I know the vessel is massive but anything that gave you guys a slight scare?

Dirtydeedsinc168 karma

Believe it or not, Barnicles, they completely clog up the pipes after a while.

MattBaster88 karma

About how many US Navy subs are out there actively patrolling the oceans?

Dirtydeedsinc167 karma

We have roughly 70 in the fleet. While I can not discuss particulars you would be safe in assuming that half of them are out there at any time. Not all of them are deployed, quite a few will just be out training.

ArchViles167 karma

Yes but where exactly are they, like GPS co ordinance?

Dirtydeedsinc332 karma

Comrade, you have to try harder than that.

MattBaster56 karma

Exactly the answer I was looking for, I am aware and appreciate that you cannot give too many details or specifics. Thanks!!

Dirtydeedsinc39 karma

You are welcome.

zorviath83 karma

Chief, whats your rate? You look a lot like an old chief of mine. Are you a beardog?

Dirtydeedsinc79 karma

PM sent

Rugmug3331 karma

Did OP deliver?

Dirtydeedsinc53 karma

OP always delivers. Sometimes it's a bit late but it'll get there eventually.

troy77777 karma

Whats the most difficult task or work in sub? 2. Staying underwater have any psychological effects on you?

Dirtydeedsinc127 karma

Honestly, there is no easy job and no hard job. Every job has it's perks and every job has it's shitty parts. The real hardest part is your first year on submarines. You are expected to get qualified to stand watches and learn the ship inside and out as quickly as possible. This takes roughly a year. You learn a lot. Everything from firefighting to ship's construction.

Doza18275 karma

Aganger here. A clogged shit pump is never fun. Always made my nubs do it.

Dirtydeedsinc82 karma

The smell is the best part.

SilentKomodo77 karma

Have you ever tracked another sub, US or otherwise?

If so, is it difficult?

And, if you can answer this, how would your boat have gone about sinking an enemy sub, is firing a torpedo really all there is to it?

Dirtydeedsinc115 karma

Without getting classified, I'll say: Yes, Yes and Yes.

applegoo42 karma

Is torpedo fighting as easy as movies make it out to be? Like point the boat, open tubes, someone says they have a firing solution and boom? Hypothetically speaking

Dirtydeedsinc109 karma

It's not easy but it isn't rocket science either.

keplar73 karma

I just yesterday finished reading Michael Gannon's Black May about the war against the U-boats in WWII. While I obviously was rooting for the Allies, I couldn't help but feel sympathy for the things some of those U-boat men went through - we're all human in the end.

Were there any times underway where you felt genuinely scared, or situations where you felt like the boat was in imminent danger with you aboard? I can only imagine the usual concerns a sailor at sea might have in a danger situation would be all the more when you're not readily able to escape.

Congratulations on retirement, and thanks for doing an AMA!

Dirtydeedsinc168 karma

I remember one time we had lost all power and were running on the batteries during a casualty drill. Something happened and we couldn't shift to out backup propulsion. The ships slowed to a point were the control surfaces no longer had an effect on depth. Add to this that we were ballasted too heavy. The boat started to sink out. The water we were in had a thermal barrier in it and the second we went thru it we got a lot heavier. As our depth increased faster and faster we did what we could to pump water off the boat and restore propulsion. The Captain announced that if we hit a certain depth we would emergency blow. The danger was significant but we still had a way out of it. Needless to say, we survived. It probably only lasted 15 minutes but it felt longer.

CreauxTeeRhobat131 karma

Anyone else get a mild panic attack just reading this?

Dirtydeedsinc172 karma

I did writing it.

Survival_Mode23 karma

For the lay person, can you describe what an emergency blow is?

Dirtydeedsinc65 karma

An emergency main ballast tank blow is a procedure used aboard a submarine that forces high-pressure air into its main ballast tanks. The high-pressure air forces ballast water from the tanks, quickly lightening the ship so it can rapidly rise to the surface.

Anytime you see footage of a sub "jumping out of the water" that's it.

RobyTuesdays63 karma

What made you want to stay enlisted? I know most people go back and forth on if they want to stay in, get out, or try to go officer. Was there a particular instance where you just said "I'm going to do the full 20."?

Dirtydeedsinc231 karma

I'm just not officer material. I was happy being a Chief. I was able to be a father figure to a lot of young men. Sure, officers make more money but there's more to it that just money. In the end, I know there are kids (now men) then will remember me for the rest of their lives with a fondness in their hearts. Even after being out for several years, I have guys call and text me all the time. I'm prouder of that than any other accomplishment in my life.

Obligatory Edit: Thanks for the gold, kind stranger.

boots229176 karma

Man, I wish my chief had that outlook back when I was on a carrier.

Dirtydeedsinc83 karma

I'm sorry he didn't.

TalkingBackAgain50 karma

In any organisation, the military especially, it is impossible to overestimate the value of true leadership. If after all these years your guys still stay in touch, that says more than all the brass on your uniform.

Dirtydeedsinc22 karma

Thanks.

IcarusBen59 karma

What was it like working in a submarine?

Dirtydeedsinc110 karma

It's cramped. I'm 6'3" and 250lbs. Even if you are a little guy there isn't much room. There's very little privacy. We are a very close community. Underways are long. Sleep is a rarity. The food is good, you get use to the lack of sunlight.

m808v64 karma

And what about doing... the thing? You know, rub one out? How does that go?

Dirtydeedsinc147 karma

Your bed has a curtain around it. We are all grown men. You do what you have to do.

bornagainciv8 karma

Or you can just go to the head and lock the stall when no one else is in there.

Source: RM on the USS Topeka for three years.

Dirtydeedsinc26 karma

I thought that's why the Radio door was always locked.

MuskasBackpack34 karma

Do you actually have an area to cook and eat down there? How many days worth of food could you manage to bring on each trip?

I've never even seen a sub, so I haven't got the faintest clue what it's like.

Dirtydeedsinc83 karma

The crew's mess seats up to 24 at a time. We have a fully galley and can make anything you can think of. We carry several months worth of food although the fresh fruit and vegetables as well as the milk don't last a week. Then it's all canned or frozen. Submarine Cooks do an amazing job.

I_have_the_reddit58 karma

What do you think of the new sub drones? I'm curious about the practicality of them from an experienced driver.

Dirtydeedsinc72 karma

I honestly know very little about them. They are highly classified and beyond my scope of work.

I_have_the_reddit34 karma

Can you imagine piloting a full scale drone from a distance?

Dirtydeedsinc100 karma

It probably isn't much different. We have no windows so it's just a display and controls

DEEP_SEA_MAX57 karma

Diver here. Why do we keep finding used condoms in your TDU?

Also do you guys purposely run drills while SOF is sleeping?

Seriously though, you guys don't get paid enough, the hours you guys work is unreal, especially in port. I've only been a rider and I know theres no way i could do it. Thank god someone's willing to do it

Dirtydeedsinc58 karma

Yes. It's just to piss you guys off though.

Thanks.

ImSomebodyNow51 karma

Today for lunch you can have any food you had on a sub. What do you choose?

Dirtydeedsinc79 karma

Sliders

DrPorkTacoMan49 karma

what's the grossest thing you've seen on a submarine?

Dirtydeedsinc122 karma

I was on the Emergency Medical Assistance Team. We had a guy fall down the stairs and got a compound fracture in his forearm. It's all fun and games until the bones are sticking out.

Jaycee348 karma

I remember reading somewhere that the crew on a sub basically loses the notion of a 24 hour day and essentially lives life in 8 hour segments. Is this accurate? What kind of adjustment is it after a long deployment in regards to getting your circadian rhythm back to normalcy?

Dirtydeedsinc73 karma

When I was in it was 6 hour segments. 6 on 12 off, then repeat. You get use to it. Submariners can always sleep. The quickest way to get use to 24 hours again is exposure to the sun.

Zero217644 karma

Have you ever suffered from the lack of sunlight?

Dirtydeedsinc80 karma

I had to start taking Vitamin D due to the lack of fresh milk and sunlight. I have joint damage but it's origins are debatable.

AbandonChip43 karma

How long does the nuclear fuel last?

Dirtydeedsinc77 karma

Decades. The Virginia Class is designed to run 34 years without refueling.

whiterice0741 karma

Understanding that movies have a Hollywood element to make them more appealing to the masses and are not a measuring stick for reality, I'm just curious as to your take on which movies are the most similar to life on a real submarine? It would be amazing if you said Down Periscope but I doubt that, lol. Also, in film, there are varying claims made about maximum depth of submarines, but I just saw a show (Impossible Engineering) about the newest class of subs saying they have a max depth of around 800 feet. Understanding that the actual performance thresholds are probably classified, can you give a range of safe maximum depths that modern subs can get down to?

Dirtydeedsinc67 karma

The unclassified version is in excess of 800'. You can speculate from there. No movie really captures it completely but I do love down periscope. We are a bunch of sarcastic assholes.

marlovious37 karma

Former navy brat here. My ex step father spent many years on fast attacks and tridents in the pacific fleet in the 80's and 90's. His boats include the Dallas ( pre hunt for red october) Henry M Jackson, Portsmith, and a couple others I'm forgetting. He was a TM Cheif.

Over your career, how has personal technology changed your day to day while underway? I remember sending telegraph style messages to him that were limited to 30 words.

How is/was your family situation during and post career?

What was your favorite purchase from a foreign port?

Thanks for your service and sacrifice.

Dirtydeedsinc51 karma

My first underway was in 94. There were no laptops, no handhelds, no emails from home. By my last underway, I was getting emails daily, playing on my laptop, We had big flatscreen TVs. It's a world of difference.

Family situation is great. We are glad it's all over. I do still travel for work on occasion but it's no where near the tempo and duration of before.

I have a handmade hour glass from Koper Slovenia that I keep quite safe. It's very ornate. All that being said. I have a submarine warfare ring that was made for me in Bahrain. It was a diamond emerald and ruby in it. I wear it everyday.

climbandmaintain36 karma

Honest question: for long duration space travel (e.g. going to Mars) do you think NASA would be better off trying to court submariners than USAF / civilians?

Dirtydeedsinc46 karma

There has already been a Submariner turned Astronaut. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Bowen_(astronaut)

Nefarious_Lobster34 karma

What was the process like starting as a private and moving up to become a submarine pilot?

Also, how exactly does one "drive" a submarine? The artic ocean story you shared made it seem a lot more difficult.

Dirtydeedsinc64 karma

You start as a Seaman. believe it or not on the older classes of submarine, driving is one of the most junior watchstations. So at 18 years old, I had 135 lives and a $2 billion submarine in my hands. You get better and better with experience. They don't just throw you into a shit storm on the first day.

jtoetta33 karma

If you could go back years, would you still join the navy?

Dirtydeedsinc71 karma

Yes. The Navy has given me everything I have. If I hadn't joined up I be in a cold dead grey life working a shit job in upstate NY.

My wife, kids, house, property, and my entire identity would be different if I hadn't. I'd probably be wondering if I wasn't destined to do something better with my life.

Don't get me wrong. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. There was a lot of sacrifice. The days I hated it far outweigh the days I loved it.

FoodBeerBikesMusic35 karma

a cold dead grey life working a shit job in upstate NY.

......are you sure you didn't work for NSA and have been spying on me?

Dirtydeedsinc84 karma

You caught me. Want proof, your hobbies include Food, Beer, Bikes and Music.

seditious316 karma

Did you get that last sentence backwards?

Dirtydeedsinc36 karma

No, it was more bad than good but those good days were pretty awesome.

Squishfish2533 karma

How often did you come in contact with whales? Did you ever see megalodon? Did any sea creature of any sort ever attack the sub you were in? Did you ever hear any crazy sea stories about anything I mentioned?

Dirtydeedsinc60 karma

While we can't see underwater, we would occasionally see whales. Dolphins on the other hand we would see all the time. They like to jump in the bow wake while we are transiting on the surface. It pretty cool to witness.

ThPreAntePenultimate31 karma

This is something I've always wondered about life/duty on submarines.

How can you guys tell what part of the day it is? Especially when it was a time before ubiquitous cell phones, did the Navy make sure everybody had a watch, or did you just have to trust the guy telling you its time for breakfast?

Dirtydeedsinc68 karma

The messenger comes around and does wake ups for the oncoming section. You know what time it is based on the meal. Seriously.

omeow31 karma

Given the wars in middle East and the rise of terrorism what are your thoughts on spending more on cyberwar, unmanned tech /special ops versus building expensive and big equipment for conventional warfare?

Dirtydeedsinc70 karma

A well balanced approached it probably best. Submarines have a lot of capabilities that aren't advertised. We have been involved in the war of terror from it's inception.

-Psychonautics-28 karma

My Father was in the Navy during the Cold War.

He served on both the Batfish and Kamehameha.

He says to this day that, if he had to, he could still take control and "drive" the sub. Like riding a bike, he says.

My question to you is, are the controls still essentially the same? Could my father actually do what he thinks he could? Thanks!

Dirtydeedsinc30 karma

Basically yes. He probably could.

rickybobysf28 karma

I always love when Submariners do these. Submarines to me are very interesting, I have watched probably every documentary there is on You Tube about them. Thank you for doing this. I have a few questions.

  1. Whats it like going through canals like the Suez or Panama? I watched a video of a Sub going through a lock in the Panama Canal, and was just wondering how that works. video
  2. When subs surface in the Artic through the ice. How does that work? I assume very slowly, but do they have to choose a good spot to go up or just where ever they want?

Dirtydeedsinc40 karma

I've been thru the Suez 6 times, once right after 9/11. It's a tight fit with no room from error. You basically have less than a ship's width on either side. Subs are very deep drafting vessels.

As for the Artic, You have to look it up but they use sonar to find a polynya or an area of very shallow ice. There are some good articles out there.

Manowarwolf27 karma

How much coffee can you drink?

Dirtydeedsinc67 karma

All of it. I'm on my first after lunch cup right now.

Seen_The_Elephant25 karma

During the course of fulfilling your duties, did you consider yourself "in the loop" informationally at the same level as, say, the captain? For instance, it was obviously vital for you to know that you had to get somewhere, and maybe in a certain way, but were there ever situations where you were in the dark (at least temporarily) about why you were going there?

I'm mostly interested in how big a picture you had access to on missions or whether somebody meted out little bits of it as things unfolded.

Thanks!

Dirtydeedsinc42 karma

I was in the control room on missions, so yes, I would say I was very in the loop. That being said, the crew knows what we are doing and where we are.

mcwilg24 karma

What is you’re take on Russian and Chinese sub tech. Better or worse than the US given recent upgrade programs by both countries? Could they give them a worry in the Pacific especially the Chinese with the South China Sea tensions?

Dirtydeedsinc57 karma

I'm not sure how comfortable I am answering this but I'll try. This is only my opinion and not the opinion of the US Navy. I believe we hold the technological advantage but that they would have the advantage of sheer numbers. This being said, we would dominate.

mcwilg22 karma

It was a kinda tough question, sorry to put you on the spot but I appreciete your answer. Thank you

Dirtydeedsinc40 karma

There are certain things that I just can discuss. National Security, Nuclear Reactors, Missions, etc... This kind of skirts that National Security one a bit.

We have an extremely capable Navy with a lot of cool toys. We'll be OK in a skirmish.

mcwilg18 karma

Oh of course ha-ha can't have you spilling the juciey stuff on reddit!

I was brought up watching and reading the likes of Hunt for Red October so always found submarines interesting. In the UK here so compaired to the US, a token force at best but love the Astute Class, my friend works for BAE System and had the pleasure working on them.

Dirtydeedsinc27 karma

I retired almost three years ago and I still work on submarines during installations and upgrades. It's nice to still be around it. I miss the people sometimes but I never miss the lifestyle.

MrHippocritic23 karma

Whats the weirdest thing that has ever happened while you were deployed?

Dirtydeedsinc50 karma

Some guy in a bar tried to fight me because he thought George Bush was the devil incarnate and I was his minion.

MycroftPwns32 karma

How did you end up in a bar with Hugo Chavez?

Dirtydeedsinc37 karma

Long Story, this was in Crete.

Void02349 karma

I lived in Crete for a couple of years. My dad was a US Firefighter/Paramedic at NSA Souda Bay, so he regularly encountered US Sailors and their shenanigans.

A lot of the time the Greeks would protest and get all pissy when they knew a US Naval Ship or Submarine was coming in, or if they saw a large presence of US military.

I'm assuming this probaby happened down near the Chania harbor in what the locals called American Alley? (The lot of bars and clubs catered specifically to Americans and Westerners)

Edited: Misspelled a few things due to phone autocorrect.

Dirtydeedsinc10 karma

You nailed it. Happened in 2003 a couple months after we invaded Iraq.

bitter_cynical_angry22 karma

Have you played any submarine simulation or other games like Dangerous Waters, Sub Command, Silent Hunter series, Aces of the Deep, Harpoon, Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations, etc?

Dirtydeedsinc39 karma

I can't remember which one. I was too good at it. When you have the real procedures memorized it takes some of the fun away.

Oniriggers21 karma

Hey there Chief, thank you for your service. Are there any advantages/disadvantages of being a member of the submarine service and how does it stack up against a top side position say on a destroyer or carrier?

Dirtydeedsinc35 karma

I feel like we got away with more on submarines. You can talk shit without going to captains mast. Also, we typically promote faster.

Mr_Stan18 karma

Did you ever come into contact with a submarine from another country that your were not expecting?

Example: Patrolling the Arctic, and all of the sudden a Russian sub appears.

Dirtydeedsinc47 karma

If I did, I couldn't tell you.

singdancesteal16 karma

What is your opinion of letting women on submarines?

Dirtydeedsinc93 karma

I don't care about race, religion, gender, sexual preference. If you can do your job welcome aboard. If not you don't belong here.

Vehlin15 karma

Why haven't you sunk a train?

Dirtydeedsinc14 karma

I wish I could. That looks so badass on a battle flag.

mjconns14 karma

What's the longest duration you've "been under?" - i.e., how long were you in the sub while it was submerged and you didn't see daylight.What was it like, any worse than usual?

Dirtydeedsinc29 karma

I've gone 76 days without so much as even seeing sunlight thru the periscope. It's no worse that normal. It just gets old. The crew gets snippy.

zarkan8014 karma

I've heard being in a submerged vessel is more like being on an airplane rather than a boat due to the currents, is this true?

Dirtydeedsinc36 karma

Once you are below the waves yes. The only difference is when I'm flying I'm constantly worried about dropping to my death suddenly.

spcarlin13 karma

Hi, are your views on the military the most important aspect you think of when voting? Defence wise, any thoughts on you would be the best POTUS out of the existing candidates?

Dirtydeedsinc57 karma

Any opinion anyone has is going to be based on their personal experiences, whether they want to admit it or not. As someone that's had a security clearance for over 23 years, I can not in good conscious vote for Hillary. That doesn't leave many options although I have look into Gary Johnson a bit.

Haggis_Forever13 karma

Proof time, Chief. Are you typing your own answers, or watching someone type while you drink coffee and shine a flashlight at the screen?

(I'm only half kidding here. I had some pretty great chiefs while I was in. They'd be right in the bilges cleaning along with the rest of us.)

Dirtydeedsinc36 karma

He thinks I'm writing what he says. Send help. I'm here against my will. /s

christorrella8 karma

Did you ever cheat on your wife or GF while away from them?

Dirtydeedsinc23 karma

Nice try honey. :)

No

cashcow16 karma

Thanks for serving our country.

How do you deal with claustrophobia on small vessels like that? I'd snap if I was in confined quarters for months at a time.

Dirtydeedsinc22 karma

It takes a certain mentality to even be willing to do it. Like I said before, you get use to it. Typically, guys do get snippy with each other towards the end of a long underway. You just have to learn how to blow off steam. Honestly it was easier as a young man, the older I got the more I had to miss while I was gone.

cashcow112 karma

What did you guys do to blow off steam?

Dirtydeedsinc21 karma

Watch movies, play cards/games, work out, snap one off

a_friendly6 karma

What is your favourite meal to have for breakfast?

Dirtydeedsinc8 karma

Eggs, Keilbasa, and Homefries with a side of a Banana and Strawberry Waffle.

megatrongriffin926 karma

Have you ever done any work with the Royal Navy and what's your opinion on them?

Dirtydeedsinc9 karma

Yes, Those fuckers are insane.

music_non_stop5 karma

Hello and thank you for your service to the US. Got a quick question: my dad was an engineman on a Balao class boat during the Korean War. Had some great stories I love re-telling. He mentioned some covert ops they did but never got into any detail. Do you know if much of that aspect of the Korean War was covered? Internet searches are scant. Thanks!

Dirtydeedsinc3 karma

Sorry can't help. You might have luck inquiring with the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton CT.

ZeroLAN2 karma

Is the poopdeck what I think it is?

Dirtydeedsinc5 karma

Submarines don't have one.

kai3332 karma

What was the major, real-life differences between the Los Angeles and the Virginia classes during your deployments? Do you think we got our money's worth out of the 'cheaper' Virginia class versus the Seawolf, or did we get jobbed?

Dirtydeedsinc2 karma

Virginia is definitely worth the money. Seawolf provided a lot of lessons learned that went into Virginia, so it wasn't all for nothing.

defvedwgwgw2 karma

where does the human waste go? do u dump it into the ocean or what?

ty for your service

Dirtydeedsinc3 karma

It gets pumped overboard for out to sea.

n1nj4squirrel1 karma

Chief, What's the funniest story you've got that only another sailor would belive?

Dirtydeedsinc2 karma

I'm drawing a blank. I'll have to get back to you. Sorry.

mjh8081 karma

Do you feel bad about being involved in wars for profit?

Dirtydeedsinc2 karma

All wars area from profit. Don't kid yourself.

baluchithyrium1 karma

Ever seen an undersea 'UFO'?

Dirtydeedsinc8 karma

You've been watching too much "History" channel.

brandoobian0 karma

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Dirtydeedsinc7 karma

I feel like there's a back story to this question. I can say personally that my sailors were always treated the way they deserved to be treated.

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Dirtydeedsinc4 karma

Yeah, I'm sorry your experience was lacking but I can't even begin to apologize for the actions of others. I'm only in control of me. Sorry.

Coke_in_a_can0 karma

Even boat chiefs are fat?

Dirtydeedsinc3 karma

I never failed a PRT so no.

WarMachine539-9 karma

How do you sleep at night?

Dirtydeedsinc3 karma

Like a baby. Not sure what you mean.

WarMachine539-6 karma

Well leading the opening salvos on a pointless war would keep me awake at night. But you were only following orders I assume.

Dirtydeedsinc2 karma

Is this a Nuremburg trial?

DeadPrateRoberts-9 karma

Did you ever have, or have the desire to have, gay sex on the submarine?

Dirtydeedsinc4 karma

Are you fucking kidding me with this shit?