Originally Posted by hellosailor
Right, Sparks is sitting in the control room, driving the boat. They've reduced crew so tightly, he's driving the boat, monitoring all the radios, AND serving up meals at the same time. Right.
Totally missed the point.
Sparks is in a windowless steel tube and has no situational awareness of the surface or traffic. Hardly a good choice to communicate with recreational traffic.
Sparks is isolated from Sonar. Sonar is isolated from Radar. Radar is isolated from Helm. The Helm is isolated from Nav. All report up to the Conn. The Conn has the information to hold a useful conversation with recreation traffic but has a more important job to attend... his (now her) boat.
Sorry people but a submarine is structured to engage in warfare. They don't come with a recreational setting.