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Old 09-04-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Making good use of a sunny Sunday, thought I'd take a walk into Darling Harbour today to have a look at the Krait, which is moored there next to the destroyer HMAS Vampire & submarine HMAS Onslow (I mentioned the Krait in a previous thread, see bottom of post: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f66/5th-rifle-comp-17509/)

My god it's so damn SMALL! How the hell the 14 crewmen made it from northern Australia to 31 miles off Singapore harbour, unloaded their canoes, paddled with limpet mines aboard to blow up Japanese ships and return while remaining undetected...well f*ck me, my admiration knows no bounds I gotta say.

VERY moving to see the actual boat in question. Truly amazing.









Viewed from deck of the Vampire

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Few more...and of the destroyer:








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Oh and there's ammo of course





33kg shells


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And I couldn't forget the sub





engine room




The submarine was particularly interesting. I couldn't help but compare it with a Russian one which was moored there briefly quite a few years ago, which of course! I had to go & see...at least our sailors get one bunk each, heh. The russians only had hammocks slung above the torpedoes...and then only enough for half the crew; the other half was meant to be awake lol. What really brought home the difference was that the Onslow [naturally] has no Political Officers' cabin...which on the russian sub was bigger than the Captain's.

Then again, the Political goon DID officially outrank the Captain anwyay lol

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I just got claustrophobic looking at the engine room.

I don't know how squids do it, I could not.

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Great post, zhuk! I love subs!

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Thanks for the pics. If the WWII vets weren't the greatest generation, they were damn close.

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Did anybody else hear "...for a three hour tour..." in their heads when they saw "nautical excursion"?

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I just got claustrophobic looking at the engine room.

I don't know how squids do it, I could not.
It's bubbleheads to you sir!

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Did anybody else hear "...for a three hour tour..." in their heads when they saw "nautical excursion"?

Hmm, now I come to think of it...heh yeah



Couple more. Uh, how do you spell 'claustrophobia' again? lol



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periscope without flash


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