Onboard HMC Submarine Onondaga

Story by Nick Unknown Submariner For weeks they go without seeing the light of day or taking a breath of fresh air. Sometimes they don’t shower for a month. The taste of fresh bread, milk and vegetables is a luxury. And their clothes always smell of diesel. They are the men who man Canada’s three submarines. “Submariners have a tremendous esprit de corps” says Commander Ray Hunt, 44, the man in charge of our submarine fleet. “But they have to. It takes an unusual man who doesn’t mind having a…

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Onondaga’s Second Commission

Author unknown On completion of refit, the ONONDAGA, commenced trials in local areas from November to December 1971. After Christmas alongside she sailed on the 6th of Jan. 1972 for Portsmouth, England. During the crossing the Submarine conducted drills of minor sorts to ensure the crew could safely respond to any emergency. On the 15 Jan. the ONONDAGA arrived at Portsmouth, England and remained there on a port visit till the morning of the 21 Jan., when she sailed for Faselane Scotland. For the next 6 weeks the crew conducted…

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Life for an O Boats Crew As It Use To Be Circa 1960-80

Author unknown and published in situ 1.Other than hands and teeth you did not wash. Up to 12 week patrols 2.You never undressed, except footwear, to turn in your bunk or any other time 3.You never ever had more than 5.5 hours un-interrupted sleep 4.All your kit has to fit into 50cm X40cmX40cm locker or under your mattress 5.You “will” smell of diesel plus body odours 6.In general divided into three watches when dived. 2 hour watches 8am to 8 pm then 3 hour watches back to 8am. Four watches…

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