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Crimson Tide - No Wonder the Navy Doesn't Support This Flick
I love the movie for an entertaining value, but the reality was terrible.
In the scene when the order goes out to open the torpedo doors for tubes 2 and 4 (which are on the Port or Left side) they actually show the doors for tubes 1 and 3 open (which are on the starboard or right side). When the order goes out to fire torpedoes 2 and 4, they actually show 1 torpedo from each side fire, which would have meant that tubes 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 were fired (or some variation therein).
Also, contrary to popular belief, they don't take fishtanks or dogs out to sea.
They also reported flooding in Maneuvering (which is the room in the engine room, where the propulsion is controlled. This is bogus, because flooding means that seawater is entering the room, and there are no seawater pipes, or areas connected to the hull, in which sea water could enter the room. It was actually some sort of leak.
There is just too much to list here, so if you want to know more, just email me or ask your local navy submariner about just how bogus the entire movie was.
Special Requirements:
A little maritime knowledge and a sense of humor (the movie helps too)
Avg. Rating:    4.4 of 10 - (29 votes cast)
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DeltaRho on 10-04-1999
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boredomsucks writes:
I read your posting about "Crimson Tide" and found it somewhat interesting. Unfortunately you are mistaken about the pet rule in the navy. There is a regulation dating back to the first days of the USN, which allows boat Captains to carry pets along on voyages. This regulation, though ancient, is still valid. I worked with a man who graduated from the USNA in '78 and served aboard a vessel that had a dog that belonged to the CO. It is unlikely that an animal would be brought aboard ship, however it is authorized.
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TAPMAGOO writes:
By your "handle" I gather you are also a nuke! By your self-appointed score of 10 out of 10--you must be very proud of yourself. I believe this movie has taken "poetic license" and a slip-up is exactly that--a mistake in continuity, camera angle, misspoke name, etc.! Start critiquing Star Wars or Star Trek, too, then. A good nuke ET can pick out stuff that others wouldn't think to verify or check out. I'll give you the hit on the torpedo tubes--but I believe it requires more than "a little maritime" knowledge. An ESWS pin might help.
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MysticIrish writes:
Nuke? He's no nuke, lol, there were alot more things messed up in that movie if you want to judge the aspect of reality, and yes, there are penetrations on the hull that allow for seawater to come in and they are near maneuvering they are MSW (main sea water) 1 and 2, and ASW (auxilary seawater) 1 and 2.So please, ask any old submariner, lol. MT3/SS
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