No, I haven't suddenly developed a taste for submarines - it's been building for a while!
In the lead up to the release of Seeing Red, I'm going to share some of the things I've come across while doing research for the book.
First up is submarines - in particular, submarines in and around the New London submarine base in Connecticut. The base is actually located in Groton, which sits on the Thames River (pronounced Thames with the 'h') across from New London. I've used the base and region as the setting for Seeing Red.
All of the images were used with permission from the US Navy website.
Some info and trivia:
There are generally two kinds of subs in the US Navy: fast boats (attack subs), which are smaller and faster, and used for reconnaissance; and boomers (ballistic missile), which are much bigger and used more for launching large missiles than tracking.
Subs can spend about 3 months underwater at a time without the need to surface. They are only limited by the stores, such as food, they can carry. When a sub leaves on deployment, cans of food usually cover the floors of the subs, and sailors walked across the top of them until enough have been used to store them in the proper place.
When operations and weather permit, the Captain will sometimes surface the sub for a steel beach picnic. BBQs are taken out onto the top of the sub and the crew will sit back and relax, just as if they were on shore, not floating in the middle of the ocean.
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