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damn the torpedoes

To press on with a task or current course of action regardless of apparent risks or dangers. Attributed to David Farragut of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, usually paraphrased as "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The actual order (if it ever existed) was: "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!" I don't care that it might bankrupt the company! Damn the torpedoes and get it done already!
See also: damn, torpedo

torpedo juice

A low-quality alcoholic beverage made by soldiers during World War II. Grain alcohol was extracted from torpedoes (among other things), hence the expression. I can't drink any more of this torpedo juice, it's disgusting!
See also: juice, torpedo


1. and sub and hoagy and torpedo and grinder and poor boy and hero n. a long sandwich containing many different foods. (Sometimes many feet long. It is cut into smaller segments for serving a group. Usually contains sliced meats and cheese, as well as tomatoes and onions. Terms vary depending on where you are in the country.) He ordered a submarine, but he couldn’t finish it.
2. n. a large marijuana cigarette. Look at the size of that sub!
3. n. [menstrual] tampon. My God! I’m out of submarines!




1. n. a drink containing chloral hydrate; a knockout drink. Marlowe signaled the bartender to give the stoolie a torpedo.
2. Go to submarine sense 1
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Japan's opening torpedo attack on the Russian fleet in 1904 at Port Arthur was not exactly a "coming-out party" for the weapon system: 85 percent of the Japanese torpedoes missed their targets.
Sources said a fresh process of induction was initiated so that the torpedoes could be made available for all the warships and submarines in the pipeline -- including Project 75 ( Scorpene), 15A ( Kolkata class destroyers), 15B ( follow on of Kolkata class destroyers).
Deliveries of preproduction torpedoes for the German Navy were completed in 2003 while production deliveries are currently underway.
After 135 seconds seven standard torpedoes exploded in just a fifth of a second.
During the peak of the Navy's torpedo production from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, Northrop Grumman produced more than 550 MK50 lightweight torpedoes along with 491 MK48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) heavyweight torpedoes.
Following the Civil War, the USN lagged significantly behind European navies in deploying self-propelled torpedoes aboard ships.
Also examined are the technologies and politics involved in torpedo development and various efforts to deliver torpedoes via innovative schemes such as RAT, ASROC, and DASH.
THE introduction of torpedoes on a large scale transformed naval warfare as ships faced sudden attacks from unseen predators beneath the waves.
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae Young confirmed Monday that gunpowder residue of RDX, a chemical ingredient for torpedoes, has been found in the wreckage of a South Korean warship that went down in late March in the Yellow Sea.
Three torpedoes were then fired at the Bismarck from the cruiser HMS Dorsetshire and at 10.
Issykkul is very important as the lake is deep and its water is clean," he said and added that torpedoes are tested at Lake Issykkul nowadays.
Scene on the flight deck of USS Yorktown (CV 5) shortly after she was hit by two Japanese aerial torpedoes, June 4, 1942.
Skyraiders launched torpedoes on a special mission in Korea, and once again it was Swede Carlson and his charges at the apex of the action.
Historians think that his catch is a prototype of the first torpedoes, which were developed by British engineer Robert Whitehead in the mid-1800s.
Presenting new evidence, the book's authors make the case that the tragedy was caused by a weapons malfunction and could have been prevented by the Navy with a simple modification to its torpedoes.