Our fellow Bubblehead
recently asked, "Does anyone know the story behind the DSV-5
(ex-Nemo)? Everything I could find seemed somewhat mysterious."
After accepting the challenge, I doubt that the Navy could have done a better job of assuring a DSV-5 mystery if it had set out to do so (which is probable). While deadend searches can be frustrating, some interesting items surfaced, nevertheless. More to reveal later, when I review my current page-turner (n. Informal. A very interesting, exciting, or suspenseful book).
For now, let's look at a smaller mystery, this one relating to DSV-3 Turtle, an
Alvin Class Deep Submergence Vehicle (nominal depth 10,000 swf), retired in 1998. Careful not to confuse it with Bushnell's Turtle
from 1775 (first sub ever used as a weapon).
It turns out that the deep-diving DSV-3 Turtle had two ship's crests
(or seals) with different mottoes. Translation of the Latin motto suggests which was the Navy's unapproved version. Deponis Tuum Suavem Clunem
: "To set down your dainty ass
". No doubt the approved version SEARCH, LOCATE & RECOVER
gives official diving depth - 10,000 feet.
Hope the winning bidder ($81.00 plus $9.50 shipping & handling) of a plaque on Ebay Jul-26-07
appreciates the actual translation, because either the seller never found out how humorous it was, or he intentionally neglected to inform
bidders. DSV crews are very small. Challenge for Bubblehead
: do we have any former DSV submariners in UQNM
? Priceless. Love it!
Submarines are always silent and strange.
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