Thursday, May 04, 2006

Submarine Relativity Facts - Did You Realize?

Submarines offer only about one-third the living space per person of a destroyer with similar tonnage per the Smithsonian Institution.

From Submarine FAQ:
Where do Submariners sleep? On U.S. Navy submarines, living quarters are called "berthing areas" that provide no more than 15 square feet of space per man for sleep and personal belongings. On most submarines, each crewman's bed (called a bunk, berth or rack) has a reading light, a ventilation duct, an earphone jack for the ship's audio entertainment system, and a curtain to provide a small (but welcome) measure of privacy. Only the captain and executive officer of the submarine have private rooms, called staterooms.

When engaged in light work in a submarine, adults give off an average of about 500 BTUs per hour (20% more than two, 60-watt light bulbs at 205 BTUs each). A person takes in somewhat more than 3 pounds of water per day, in beverages and food. (Source: Submarine Online Refrigeration)

Living conditions on board a submarine are extreme. For example: 110 men must share two showers, four toilets, one urinal. Sometimes they must also share bunks. The main course in every meal usually has 25 fat grams. (source: Living Conditions)

Absence of sunlight: The importance of solar-produced vitamin D was underscored in a study that evaluated vitamin-D status in a submarine crew after two months of acute sun deprivation. Although the crew consumed a vitamin-D fortified diet, their levels of this nutrient plummeted.

Why address facts of little concern to submariners? Everything is relative. You be the judge:

Colorado's ADX Supermax Prison THE LAST WORST PLACE :
The isolation at Colorado's ADX prison is brutal beyond compare. ...Among its current 400 residents, the ADX also houses a handful of high-profile prisoners, among them Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, serving four life sentences plus 30 years. is the only prison specifically designed to keep every occupant in near-total solitary confinement, rarely allowing inmates to see other prisoners. ...

Florence is the leader in a nationwide trend toward supermax prisons: in the past few years, 36 states have built strongbox facilities to house their most dangerous inmates. In California, the most notorious are the Security Housing Units at Pelican Bay and Corcoran, already the subjects of numerous lawsuits and investigations into alleged cruel and unusual punishment...

Prisoners get a 12-by-7- foot cell (84 square feet), individual beds, desks, stools, toilets, sinks and a 42-inch window, 4 inches wide looking on their exercise areas. Like submariners prisoners get books and food. A 12- inch black-and-white TV in each cell shows closed-circuit classes in psychology, education, anger management, parenting, literacy, and religious services for various faiths.

Supermax is the name used to describe "control-unit" prisons or units within prisons, representing the most secure and austere levels of custody in the prison systems of the United States and other countries. 1996, a United Nations team assigned to investigate torture described SHU conditions as “inhuman and degrading.” ...the Federal ADMAX, or administrative maximum security, prison in Florence, Colorado, west of Pueblo. is made almost entirely out of poured concrete, including a desk, stool, and bed covered by a thin mattress.

Now, convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui will inhabit ADMAX for life. Like submariners, he volunteered for what he did, and he will have little chance of escape from his confined space. At least Moussaoui will see the sun when it shines every day in the fresh air, not have to imagine it from under tons of seawater.


At 05 May, 2006 14:47, Blogger bothenook said...

i had a huge poster printed from a picture i took of the sky through the after escape trunk. when we got underway, i'd dig it out and tape it into the hatch combing. after about 2 weeks of underway, there was almost always a crowd standing on the deck under the hatch looking up at the sky.

At 05 May, 2006 18:15, Blogger Vigilis said...

Thanks for sharing that one, Bo.

Your creative poster application was probably before Star Trek introduced the Holodeck. No doubt those who gathered under the after escape hatch believed it was a satisfactory SHIPALT.

At 05 May, 2006 23:47, Blogger Glenn A. Primm said...

my last two patrols in ssbn 623, i had the luxury of berthing in the middeck of the missle room (apply early, seniority on boat counts). imagine: eight feet by five feet, a fold down desk and stool, and only three bunks.

ah, paradise!

At 06 May, 2006 02:01, Blogger Vigilis said...

g.r.p., thanks for your comment. It certainly tends to support the contention that luxury is a relative commodity.

At 14 May, 2006 17:25, Blogger Cookie..... said...

Wow...I just cain't relate to all of you Nukies...we had to "hotbunk" 24/7 while on patrol...or in port. It got a little confusing in port...and would lead to arguments every now and agin....

I just cain't imagine having 8X5 feet to play with....on the other hand...we were'nt submerged three months at a time either.....


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