In 1976, Lieutenant Commander Keith Nesbit, Commanding Officer of HMCS OKANAGAN, and his crew created the Dolphin Code over a six month period. Loosely based on the Air Force's 'Falcon Code', it was designed to allow the submarine to send a brief message to ships and aircraft during an exercise.
Straying far from its humble origin, the Dolphin Code is now used by submarine forces world wide and there have been various additions and augments over the decades. Click the image above to view the original code as laid down by HMCS OKANAGAN so many years ago.
"[Submarines are] underhand, unfair and damned un-English. ...treat all submarines as pirates in wartime...and hang all crews."
These words, by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson VC, GCB, OM, GCVO, Bt - the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, summed up the opinion of many in the Admiralty when he uttered them in 1901. He certainly didn't intend it to be so, but with these words a tradition was started.
To this day, submarines from many nations are authorized to fly the Jolly Roger but only under strict conditions. Click the image above to have your timbers thoroughly shivered.
For over 30 years, the legendary 'shovel' circulated through the submarine communities of at least five navies. It sailed onboard more than 21 different ships and submarines and logged more air miles than the average zoomie. Pilfering it, in an honourable way of course, could instantly bring fame and glory...or a night or two in cells.
Click the image above to read a tale filled with cunning, depection, trickery, taunting, and good old matelot ingenuity.