So, you're a young man in the [British] Royal Navy in the 1980s.
1) Do you learn how to tie knots? Conventional knowledge suggests that you would, but with all the submarine stuff going on it doesn't seem like it would have as much practical usage these days.
2) This may be an utterly stupid question, but - what did you do every day? It was technically a time of peace, yet the Cold War wasn't really over yet - were covert ops likely? Routine exercises? What exactly does the Navy do when there are no epic sea battles to be fought or pirates to be slain?
(I also gladly welcome any other random information that might be tossed my way - modern slang [do they really still call it Black Tot Day?], trivia, names of ships, whatever...I'll use as many little details as I can! [And yes, I've heard "rum, sodomy, and the lash" a million times. Thanks, though.])