Attack Center: Ship Control Station


Two crewmen—called planesmen—sit at the ship control station, where they use hand wheels to adjust the planes and rudder that direct the vertical and horizontal movement of the submarine. The inboard, or near, planesman commonly operates the horizontal, wing-like planes on the boat's bow or sail, steering the boat up or down. He also handles the vertical rudder at the stern of the ship, which controls turning to left and right. The outboard, or far, planesman controls the angle of the submarine through the horizontal planes at the stern. Normally seated behind the planesmen is their supervisor, the diving officer of the watch.




Ballast Control Panel
Attack Center Alarms
Conn Central Display Panel
Damage Control Bill
Emergency Blow Activator
Electronic Surveillance Receiver

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