Rakesh wrote:Washing machines are installed aboard US Navy nuclear submarines. Then again, they are much bigger than our Kilos and Shishumar Class boats and got nuclear power to generate all the electricity they need.
Even on US subs, washing and showers are way lower priority down the list because fresh water is a limited resource (even on subs that distill their own fresh water). My info comes from an ex-colleague who served aboard two USN subs (one as a plank holder). He said that the smell of a sub is very distinctive and gets on all your clothes, so even after you leave the sub, your clothes smell like the sub for a few washings.
My colleague went on to say that wise submariners would pack something like 2 weeks worth of undies and t-shirts, because even though laundry day was once a week, the washing machine would have problems half the time and so you always wanted to have extra sets of undies to tide you over to the next week. Showers were also very short and to the point and only normally happened once or twice a week: Quick burst to moisten the skin, then water turned off and plenty of soap applied to build up lather, then another quick burst to rinse some of it off (rest you wipe off) and you're done. Also good time to wash some undies at same time if you didn't get to do laundry on laundry day.
My colleague was a little luckier than most because he was the cook and by virtue of his post, got a bit of an extra allowance for fresh water for showering, more than officers or enlisteds.