History: Chatham Historic Dockyard

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Submarines are cool and no one can deny that! The amount of complexity inside one of these is incredible and a visit to the Chatham Historic dockyard is a great opportunity to see the HMS Ocelot up close. (http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/)

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A brief bit of history; the Ocelot was the last submarine commissioned at Chatham dockyard in the 1960s. Capable of carrying 69 men and a payload of 24 torpedoes; the Ocelot was used in clandestine missions until 1991 when it became obsolete against the new fleet of nuclear subs.

Engine Room delviering 6,000 shaft horsepower
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It amazes me that anyone knew how to operate this thing with the number of dials, switches, levers and buttons throughout.

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Pressure is a big deal underwater, capable of bursting lungs if you try to surface to quickly.

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The torpedo room; need to emergency exit? It’ll take 4 hours due to the pressure!

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Emergency air valves, you’ll need it…

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Activate!
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Apart from the Ocelot there were a number of other sites including the HMS Cavalier and the HMS Gannet.

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40mm

Climb

Baggage reclaim

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Boom!

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