Dive! Dive! Dive!

"Man the helms! Dive! Dive!"

Stock Phrases used on submarines or anything to do with something going down. Commonly used in a panicky, unrealistic way to indicate that the submariners are in trouble or need to escape.

Not to be confused with Attack! Attack! Attack! or Tora! Tora! Tora!.


Film - Animation

Film - Live Action

  • Averted in Alistair MacLean's novel Ice Station Zebra. Many scenes take place aboard a nuclear submarine, and the first time that it dives, the captain merely says "Okay men, we're going down." The protagonist finds this rather disappointing.

Live-Action TV
  • In the "Health and Safety" episode of QI, Ross Noble got this as a buzzer.
  • An episode of NCIS that takes place aboard a submarine on a training exercise features both diving and an emergency blow.

  • The Bruce Dickinson song "Dive Dive Dive" is one long series of groan-inducing nautical Unusual Euphemisms for sex.

Video Games
  • When the Wardog Squadron goes after Scinfaxi in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, it initially performs an emergency submersion, but is forced to break surface and emergency-submerge again to fire its missiles. Eventually, Wardog squadron inflicts so much damage that when they try to dive again, they can't: it would sink the ship.
  • DIVE DIVE DIVE HIT YOUR BURNERS PILOT!!! The immortal introduction to a mission in FreeSpace 2 that starts with you playing chicken of a huge alien Battlestar about to run you over.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • U.S. Navy fast-attack submarines really do make this announcement when commencing a dive (though generally with less emotion, as it's a routine command).
  • Averted in the Royal Navy.
  • German U-boats used the word "Alarm!" to begin an emergency dive.