The new Petty Officer was assigned to a post on a submarine. He had dreamed of going to sea and being a submariner since he was a young boy and now, having graduated from the Navy college, this was his big opportunity.
In his eagerness to show his enthusiasm, he was trying to impress the Captain with his expertise learned in Submariner School.
The Captain cut him off quickly and said, “Listen, ‘sir’, it’s real simple. Add the number of times we dive to the number of times we surface. Divide that number by two. If the result doesn’t come out even, don’t open the hatch.”
I guess that piece of advice comes under the category of “Simple but effective”.
If you would like to learn more about the submarines that the Royal Navy has in operation and their history, this is an interesting article about The Royal Navy Submarine Service.
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