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Old 24-09-2017, 20:25
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Default Submariners' "Dolphin Code"

In 1976 the CO and ship's company of HMCS Okanagan devised a set of simple numerical signals which could be sent concerning submarine operations/events.

This became known as the "Dolphin Code," and it was quickly adopted by many submarine services around the world.

Some examples:

#4.My battery is:

a. 100% - I will simulate a nuclear submarine if you wish.
b. 75% - I will simulate a nuclear submarine for a short time if you wish.
c. 50% - I will not simulate a nuclear submarine, regardless of your wish.
d. 25% - I will simulate a conventional submarine and will hot-pipe if you wish.
e. DEAD - I hot-pipe now, regardless of your wish.

#14. Please accept my apologies for failing to make the assigned rendezvous. My reason is as follows:

a. The navigator is a Newfoundlander.
b. I was doing something else at the time and didn't think you'd miss me.
c. I erroneously assumed that you would be where you said you would be.
d. My navigational equipment has not been updated since the Boer War.

#19. When we were surface sailors we also used to do silly things.

#58. With sub killers like you around, I look forward to a long life.

#76. Reason(s) is/are as follows:

a. I goofed.
b. XO goofed.
c. Somebody goofed.
d. Inattention, for which some S.O.B. will pay.
e. Temporary decline in usual high standards.
f. Another example of usual low standards.
g. I thought I could get away with it.
h. Misdirected malapropism.
i. Lapsus lingae.

The complete version of the original code is at this link - thought some might find it amusing:

http://www.forposterityssake.ca/RCN-...LPHIN-CODE.htm

The RAN have amended the code to reflect their particular circumstances, and their code runs to over 150 items. Sadly, the Aussies seem to have missed the point that the code is supposed to make a definite point without being offensive, and many of the RAN additions are just plain crude and include language which would make even a submariner blush.
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Old 30-10-2017, 12:50
Urs He▀ling Urs He▀ling is offline
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hi,

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In 1976 the CO and ship's company of HMCS Okanagan devised a set of simple numerical signals which could be sent concerning submarine operations/events.
This became known as the "Dolphin Code," and it was quickly adopted by many submarine services around the world.
I'm not quite sure concerning the "devising" in 1976 ... as ...

in 1974, the SNIFFLE Code was published, a collection of signals devised by SNFL officers of various countries during some hours of boredom at sea and some harbour sessions ...

see http://www.forposterityssake.ca/RCN-DOCS/SNFL-CODE.htm and
https://books.google.de/books/about/...AJ&redir_esc=y

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Old 30-10-2017, 16:33
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hi,


I'm not quite sure concerning the "devising" in 1976 ... as ...

in 1974, the SNIFFLE Code was published, a collection of signals devised by SNFL officers of various countries during some hours of boredom at sea and some harbour sessions ...

see http://www.forposterityssake.ca/RCN-DOCS/SNFL-CODE.htm and
https://books.google.de/books/about/...AJ&redir_esc=y

greetings, Urs
Urs:

I'm not quite sure what your point is ... having served twice in STANAVFORLANT I am aware of the SNIFFLE Code, but my my post refers to the submarine-specific Dolphin Code.
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Old 30-10-2017, 21:01
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hi, Scatari,

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I'm not quite sure what your point is
Well, my point is that your first message sounded - at least to me - as if the submariners had done something ORIGINAL ... which they hadn't. They somehow "copied" the SNIFFLE Code and changed it to suit submariners - didn't they ?

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