How do you tittilate an ocelot?
Retired British submarine HMS Ocelot has become the first submersible to be fully featured on Google's Street View. The decommissioned British sub can now be toured using Google Maps, although The Register has learned the Chocolate Factory did not manage to squeeze the infamous Street View car into the boat. Instead, it …
I was talking to someone recently who was of the opinion that as we've failed to procure major military projects to time or cost since the days of Samuel Pepys* it might be an idea to accept this failing and allow for it at the start of the contract, rather than continuing to be astounded by a level of incompetence** that's been ongoing for several hundred years.
*It's apparently mentioned in his diaries.
**By all parties involved.
They do allow for it at the start of contracts, but then the whole point of military creative accounting is to create more things to spend money on during the life of the contract. No matter how much contingency you build in, it will still overrun by a factor 1 << X <= GNP * life of contract.
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As a claustrophobic, can I just remark that SV is the nearest I ever want to come to the inside of a submarine? I'd rather go up rigging in a gale than tour a submarine in dry dock.
Could I also draw your attention to your inadvertent sexism? Your warning could equally apply to a proposed tour by the Northern arm of the Culloden Re-enactment Society.
I would absolutely love to have a poke around U-995. The only surviving WW2 vintage Type VIIC U-boat, of the class that fought the Battle of the Atlantic for the bulk of the war.
Note to self, must remind our scribe to make this into a picture feature next time round!
A former colleague took the surrender of a U-boat towards the end of WW2 (the crew apparently shot the commander first). He commented that he had never seen men so anxious to get off a boat that wasn't sinking at the time, and went he went on board and smelled the interior, he immediately understood why. Diesel and puke is not a good combination.
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