Originally Posted by ls99
Absolutely seething with anger that during graded battle simulation exercises several O5s called him pork chops.
Depends on the personality.
Submarine Supply Officers have the "option" of qualifying at the Diving Officer watch. It's always good to have an officer qualified to stand that watch, especially if they're skilled enough at it to do it for battle stations or even be the Ship's Diving Officer. Takes a big load off the rest of the wardroom and the Chief's Quarters. Get the Suppo promoted faster, too. Everybody wins.
But a submarine is just one tour in a career that could include several ships and other commands, so some of them choose to hide down in the Supply shack and chase numbers around all day. They tend to lose the big flick and get labeled "not a team player". Their Supply Corps promotion boards may or may not pay attention to the "damned with faint praise" fitness reports that these guys tend to accumulate.
We had one early 1990s incident on my attack submarine where some other country's submarine (you can guess who) was rumored to be enroute Hawaii. Our job was to scamper out to the northwest a few days' steaming to "greet" them and escort them with our fire control system and intel data-gathering equipment. This is the sort of short-notice operation that steely-eyed killers of the deep fantasize about, and you typically only get the opportunity once or twice a career. Our CO was so excited that... well, let's just say that he was pretty excited.
Of course we were in the middle of an upkeep so we had to slap a bunch of equipment back together and skedaddle. The only nice thing about this sort of scramble was that we could ask the squadron staff to give us just about anything within (very generous) reason. We had a department-head meeting in the wardroom (the kind that the junior officers fear) to "discuss" what needed to happen in the next 24 hours before we got underway.
XO: "Eng, no more screwin' around with your lame engineering excuses, I'm droolin' on the table to go after this guy, this is serious business, whaddya need?"
Eng: "Well, XO, I need the f***in' squadron to get their f***in' assets in my f***in' engineroom to fix all the f***in' gear they broke last f***in' week, but other wise we're f***in' ready." (Engineer Officers have to talk this way or nobody takes them seriously.)
XO: "F***in' noted. Nav?"
Nav: "Um, just some charts and some "special recording gear" for electronic transmissions that we're getting tonight. We'll be ready, XO."
Weps: "Warshots coming on board tomorrow, extra recording tapes for the sonar system coming onboard tonight, maybe a couple "special riders" to go with us to help with the data. We'll be ready, XO."
XO: "Whew. Excellent. OK, guys, sounds like we'll be ready to go. Oh, I'm sorry, Suppo, did you have anything for us?"
Suppo: "XO, we can't get underway! We don't have any ice cream onboard and the squadron supply staff won't deliver it until next week!!"
Needless to say, he hadn't gotten around to qualifying Diving Officer either...