Definitions for "Conning tower"
the raised structure rising above the deck of a submarine.
No longer exists on modern nuclear subs. On diesel boats, the conning tower was a space inside the fin from which the periscope was manned, allowing a shorter periscope. Also the term for the fin itself, now called the sail.
The place from which a warship is controlled in battle. On a "heavy ship" (like a battleship or cruiser) it is usually armored, unlike the bridge (which is not).
Where the captain stays to direct a submerged attack.
Keywords:  pilot, war, proof, shot, vessel
The shot-proof pilot house of a war vessel.