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Old 02-17-2016, 06:15 PM
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We've got the sub base up here in CT.

I've always given subs several hundred feet of leeway.

Curious to know how close others have dared to get to them.

Surely they must have orders to spray warning shots at a certain range.

Guys down in FL: The micro subs transporting contraband also count!
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The Key West comes to Key West from time to time but we always keep like a 1 mile range
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Pretty close.
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Originally Posted by tboylan View Post
We've got the sub base up here in CT.

I've always given subs several hundred feet of leeway.

Curious to know how close others have dared to get to them.

Surely they must have orders to spray warning shots at a certain range.

Guys down in FL: The micro subs transporting contraband also count!
Up close and personal.
I have loaded torpedoes on the old pig boats. Nuc's on SSBN'S Screws and periscopes on both. Unloaded radioactive waste on Nuc's

The pig boats had no security. The Nukes? You better have auth to board them.They had personal forward and aft holding automatic weapons.
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I got way closer then I should have in my sail boat. So much so that we had an escort come and follow us till we had enough distance between me and the sub. We were behind and Island and the sub kinda came out of no where . They come in pretty fast and have a very very small silhouette. It was not one of my better moments.

This is a picture of two subs passing each other by Fort Monroe, Virginia

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In Hampton Roads/Norfolk, you stay well away from the nukes. There are escort vessels now that warn you off at like like a half mile,

Back in the nineties, running down the Elizabeth River, you could pass within a few hundred yards of docked subs and carriers and run alongside a sub, maybe a few hundred feet apart. No more. There are times when they shut down the river effectively to limit vessels getting close to any of the Navy ships.

I do my best to stay as far away as possible from any Navy vessel. Sometimes in the congestion in Norfolk/Hampton it's a challenge.

I don't think they bother with "warning" shots if you ignore warnings to get away.
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Up close and personal.
I have loaded torpedoes on the old pig boats. Nuc's on SSBN'S Screws and periscopes on both. Unloaded radioactive waste on Nuc's

The pig boats had no security. The Nukes? You better have auth to board them.They had personal forward and aft holding automatic weapons.
When they're running through Long Island sound they are alone with no escort boats. I would assume you'd get the warning shots pretty quick if you came within 100 feet of them.
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Originally Posted by tboylan View Post
When they're running through Long Island sound they are alone with no escort boats. I would assume you'd get the warning shots pretty quick if you came within 100 feet of them.
Can't comment on that beings the circumstances of today's problems.
Back in the days when i was involved the SSBN's where just coming online
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Close ... very close ..... very close for extended periods of time.

Pic 1: Celebrating "Talk like a Pirate Day" underway

Pic 2: Showing the cooks how to make Maryland Crabcakes - had to use shredded king crab.

Pic 3: An old picture of us doing swim call on the USS Trepang off Puerto Rico

Pic 4: Rocking the breads underway doing gods work.
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in the early 90's I used to run out on my jet ski to follow and play in their wake when they came in to the mouth of the Chesapeake bay . We used to get close enough to see the guys up top watching us and waiving hello ..but in hind said they may have been waiving us away .They used to come in going pretty fast . They put up an awesome rolling wake at speed . Not something you want to jump but going up and down between the troughs was one of the most fun things ive ever done.
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
Close ... very close ..... very close for extended periods of time.

Pic 1: Celebrating "Talk like a Pirate Day" underway

Pic 2: Showing the cooks how to make Maryland Crabcakes - had to use shredded king crab.

Pic 3: An old picture of us doing swim call on the USS Trepang of Puerto Rico

Pic 4: Rocking the breads underway doing gods work.

Great pics! Love the diving shot off the tower! What's the longest period of time (consecutive days) you were underwater?
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Great pics! Love the diving shot off the tower! What's the longest period of time (consecutive days) you were underwater?
For me personally, it was 123 days from "dive, dive, dive" to "surface, surface, surface".

I have friends who have done a few days longer. The Brits actually hold the record. During the Falkland Island War one of their boats was down 140+ days.
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
Close ... very close ..... very close for extended periods of time.

Pic 1: Celebrating "Talk like a Pirate Day" underway

Pic 2: Showing the cooks how to make Maryland Crabcakes - had to use shredded king crab.

Pic 3: An old picture of us doing swim call on the USS Trepang off Puerto Rico

Pic 4: Rocking the breads underway doing gods work.
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Originally Posted by Tawn View Post
For me personally, it was 123 days from "dive, dive, dive" to "surface, surface, surface".

I have friends who have done a few days longer. The Brits actually hold the record. During the Falkland Island War one of their boats was down 140+ days.
was that the HMS Conqueror ?
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Originally Posted by tboylan View Post
We've got the sub base up here in CT.

I've always given subs several hundred feet of leeway.

Curious to know how close others have dared to get to them.

Surely they must have orders to spray warning shots at a certain range.

Guys down in FL: The micro subs transporting contraband also count!
You got me thinking. When I lived in NY, we had 3 ships tied up at Floyd Bennet Field, and also wed go to Op Sail every year. Theyd have all kinds of ships coming and going. Used to be able to get fairly close to them. Looked it up and found this

Keep your distance from all military, cruise line, or commercial shipping! Do not approach within 100 yards, and slow to minimum speed within 500 yards of any U.S. naval vessel. Violators of the Naval Vessel Protection Zone face 6 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, not to mention a quick and severe response. Approaching certain other commercial vessels may result in an immediate boarding.
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Tawn

Please reply

I tried very hard to get qualified but couldn't get past the decompression chamber. Couldn't pop my ears
Did the dive in the tower at Groton.
Ended up (below)with no regrets
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there's an autonmous sub out of West Palm Beach that Seatow tows in and out. ONly the mast sticks up so pretty close to that one.
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Originally Posted by Capttater View Post
there's an autonmous sub out of West Palm Beach that Seatow tows in and out. ONly the mast sticks up so pretty close to that one.
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Shot in 2013 from the New London to Long Island Ferry.

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Originally Posted by Adam9066 View Post
I got way closer then I should have in my sail boat. So much so that we had an escort come and follow us till we had enough distance between me and the sub. We were behind and Island and the sub kinda came out of no where . They come in pretty fast and have a very very small silhouette. It was not one of my better moments.
Same for me. Running the boat north last spring coming out of Norfolk, we were watching a strange object approach, not quite a boat and not quite a buoy....until the gun boat raced at us and ordered us to change course. When the course change was not aggressive enough, they rapidly maneuvered to nearly ram up...all the while the marine (?) on the bow had an M16 at the ready.

We decided taking pics might not be looked upon favorably.

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