Does the US Navy allow sailors on aircraft carriers and submarines to liberally shower and brush teeth since they have nuclear powered desalination?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 06, 2020 03:26 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 06, 2020 03:26 PM

Aircraft carriers? Sort of.

Submarines? No.

Submarines are notorious for their short-showers. Hop in, wet down for a second or two, turn off water. Lather up with soap, turn water back on to rinse off. Done.

Aircraft carriers? Rarely is anyone going to call you out if you take a 30 minute long shower, but any longer than five minutes or so is considered too long.

While the process might be powered by nuclear energy, neither the energy source nor the water source are infinite; it is still machinery with limits.

More water is needed by the reactor plant, steam plant, and in the case of carriers, aircraft (salt-spray is not kind).

In the case of submarines, you don’t at all get to take liberal showers. There just isn’t enough water. At all. You’ll get dragged out of that shower… Yes. Even when you’re naked.

On a carrier? Nope. If you showered to your heart’s content, no one would really care much unless there was water-rationing going on because the air-wing decided to start washing their aircraft without a reducer on the firehose. Yes, airdales, I know you do it. We all do. We nukes have cameras down in DC Central, so don’t bother trying to spin that BS that you don’t. Maybe you didn’t, but your kin definitely do. Our reactor officers have mounted enough Air Wing JO’s head’s on spikes for letting it happen.

EDIT: My brethren practiced at regularly sinking their own perfectly good ships have dutifully reminded me that on a submarine there is also the issue of where the water goes; it doesn’t immediately go the sea, but to a grey-water tank for storage until it can be pumped to the ocean, which generates noise – since submarines tend to hate all things noisy unless it’s slinging insults at surface-ships and their crew for being “targets”, you want to maximise time between pumping.

OR, you might be asking “because it’s nuclear and therefore dangerous,” to which I laugh.
Even during Fukushima, plowing through the Pacific, we had nothing to worry about. Our reactors are safe as hell, and even that melting down reactor in Japan wasn’t doing enough for anyone but the on-site workers to be worried about.

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