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
  • Using this command in an urgent, panicky fashion used to be Truth in Television during the early years of submarine warfare, when the boats could only stay submerged for fairly short periods and travelled faster while on the surface. Being spotted by enemy aircraft was the boat's cue to commence a crash dive. Improved hydrodynamics and battery technology allowed more modern diesel-electric submarines to stay submerged for hours at a time and make better speed at snorkel depth than on the surface, and nuclear-powered vessels theoretically only need to surface to resupply and rotate their crews.
  • 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.