Dive! Dive! Dive!

"Man the helms! Dive! Dive!"
Ed, Ed Eddn Eddy

Stock Phrases used on submarines or anything to do with something going down.

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, 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 in front 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.