Living Underwater: How Submarines Work

  • Published: 05 February 2019
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    Animation by Josh Sherrington and Elise Heersink
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Comments • 2 908

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   8 months back

    I hope you enjoy this video! One note: the little numbers that pop up in the bottom-left corner are references. By matching the number to the ones at the bottom of the description you can find where a piece of information comes from in the video.

    • R R
      R R  3 weeks back

      I used to think Elon Musk was paranoiac

    • Lauren Page
      Lauren Page  3 weeks back

      no acknowledgment of how hot it is to have dozens of guys in a small space together

    • David Welch
      David Welch  2 months back

      There is a saying on the boat; that you never piss off the DOC, yeomen, and the cooks.
      I would like to say thank you for the acknowledgement of the cooks, because for the most part we are hardly ever mentioned. We are the heart & soul of the boat and we strive to do our best with what we got. 😎
      CS1(SS) retired USN

    • David Welch
      David Welch  2 months back

      @Carson Henderson
      Just be cool on the stories brother and I wish you fair winds and following seas. 😎
      CS1(SS) retired USN

    • David Welch
      David Welch  2 months back

      Thank you for calling the subs "boats". 😎

  • Mr MACC
    Mr MACC  4 hours back

    Funny that the guy narrating this couldn’t say the letter b when pronouncing sub marines he said sumarines

    • flea sweep
      flea sweep  12 hours back

      USOS Seaview

      • MikK Channel
        MikK Channel  20 hours back

        1:21 Pause

        • david le Fevre
          david le Fevre  2 days back

          You talk about everything related to submarines except how the actually work...

          • Can Çiftçi
            Can Çiftçi  2 days back

            I have a link that a person who steal your video and your labour you can fond it in

          • HSE
            HSE  3 days back

            Pakistan also have nuclear capable submarine

            • KutWrite
              KutWrite  3 days back

              Well produced, but the title is wrong.

              It does not explain how submarines work.

              • tom young
                tom young  4 days back

                Living underwater? We got seconds of footage relevant to "living underwater" and then the same old rabbiting on about how subs communicate.In time You Tube will lose its appeal due to this issue.Youtube needs to vet the clips

                • tom young
                  tom young  4 days back

                  Living underwater?What did we get seconds of crap and then you waffle on about a load of shit

              • Jim westernburge
                Jim westernburge  4 days back

                D B F.

                • Mike Barrows
                  Mike Barrows  4 days back

                  I'm an old bubblehead and I enjoyed your video.
                  Well done. Thank you.

                  TM3(SS) aboard the USS William H Bates (SSN 680)

                  • Nitheesh Lal
                    Nitheesh Lal  5 days back

                    I wonder why there is no north korea in the list of submarine operating countries i couldn’t find their flag, they have more submarines than any other countries.

                    • Conceded war
                      Conceded war  6 days back

                      your video is shokingly accureate - ussbuffalo SSN715 & USS oklahoma city SSN723

                      • MayoMan
                        MayoMan  6 days back

                        I say to keep morale up is bring the basic supplies DnD, DnD is the shit

                        • Callum Whittingham
                          Callum Whittingham  7 days back

                          Rule Britannia

                          • Tanga Toto
                            Tanga Toto  1 weeks back

                            Is it just me ....or does not the word submarine have a B in it.....they are not summereeens.... they are SUB-marines. Other than the hideous diction , quite interesting .

                            • T Brown Records
                              T Brown Records  1 weeks back

                              Nice video info :-)

                              • M.J. Leger
                                M.J. Leger  1 weeks back

                                I think it takes a rare kind of seaman to be able to work on a sub! First of all, they're rather claustrophobic machines, and there is not much room for failure down deep with all that pressure! I don't think I would like 3 months in a tube where you can't see a lot, always being aware of crush depth! The sea floor is not flat, there are mountains down there, some higher than Mt. Everest, and I'd always be wondering if the sonar was adequate! The camaraderie those men have would be very nice though. Bravo to them all!

                                • Hedley Lamarr
                                  Hedley Lamarr  7 days back

                                  @M.J. Leger He retired from the Navy in 2008 and went to work for Lockheed/Martin in 2008.

                                • M.J. Leger
                                  M.J. Leger  1 weeks back

                                  @Hedley Lamarr I did NOT know it was a voluntary service! But it makes sense. I'd bet they are paid more then the usual seaman, at least I certainly hope so. Hope he found something satisfactory to do after an exciting venture like being a missile tech. We thank him for his service.

                                • Hedley Lamarr
                                  Hedley Lamarr  1 weeks back

                                  My older brother was on the SSBN-658 for 6 years. It is a volunteer job, meaning you are not just put on a sub. You need years of schooling, and be able meet strict evaluations. He was a Missile Tech for the Poseidon system. People tend to worry about radiation off the warheads or reactor. But basically, you get less radiation exposure than you would being top side in the Sun.

                              • heyJustephan
                                heyJustephan  1 weeks back

                                paradise for gay party

                                • Learning History
                                  Learning History  1 weeks back

                                  think this: given the information privacy. which not good

                                  • Naruto Uzumaki
                                    Naruto Uzumaki  1 weeks back

                                    Submarine worker: -Opens submarine door-
                                    Another worker: why do I see fish.

                                    • Jeronimo Stupenengo Pefaur

                                      The Aussies gave their VLF station the name of the Prime Minister they lost

                                      • Truth Hurts
                                        Truth Hurts  1 weeks back

                                        If anyone honestly thinks that President Trump is a fraud while nobama is innocent..... I am here to tell you, you are full of shit lol.

                                        • 47
                                          47  1 weeks back

                                          Considering the range we have to cover, our Aussie subs are shitbuckets compared to US and Russia. Ours are like sardine cans compared to the 44gal drums they have as far as crewing and size. You could never pay me enough to serve on Australian subs!

                                          • Truth Hurts
                                            Truth Hurts  1 weeks back

                                            As a Navy vet, that's messed up about not telling crew members about family deaths. I never knew that.

                                            • hunter lund
                                              hunter lund  1 weeks back

                                              Most of the time we get informed when something happens our last cob kept quiet about it on missions to keep peoples head in the game

                                          • Sri Jo
                                            Sri Jo  2 weeks back

                                            I am proud of ex Indian submariner

                                            • Bob Smith
                                              Bob Smith  2 weeks back

                                              I wouldn't worry about ballistic missile carrying subs of the Indian Navy. You can HEAR and SMELL them from miles away.

                                              • Potatoe farm
                                                Potatoe farm  2 weeks back

                                                a lot of respect to everyone serving on submarines, I would lose my mind.

                                                • Luna-Eclipz
                                                  Luna-Eclipz  2 weeks back


                                                  • Kade da pro Sup
                                                    Kade da pro Sup  2 weeks back

                                                    U boats are submarines that were made in Germany and where used in ww1 and ww2

                                                    • Song for xx
                                                      Song for xx  2 weeks back

                                                      Video Title: How Submarines Work. Video content within the first 30 seconds, MISSLES, warheads and Nukes. Am I watching the correct video?

                                                      • Frederik Høyrup
                                                        Frederik Høyrup  2 weeks back

                                                        End of days in a can...

                                                        • Life with D&T
                                                          Life with D&T  2 weeks back

                                                          How interesting

                                                          • ObamaBinLaden
                                                            ObamaBinLaden  2 weeks back

                                                            lmao china and north korea... their shit is generations behind the US and allies tech.

                                                            • robson668
                                                              robson668  2 weeks back

                                                              A large mass in the water distorts the earth magnetic field, another way to detect a sub.

                                                              • Saturn V
                                                                Saturn V  2 weeks back

                                                                Correction, Virginia Class missile bay is actually in front of the sail not behind it.

                                                                • Daniél Lindström
                                                                  Daniél Lindström  2 weeks back

                                                                  I can't stop watching Esther introducing Cake 😢

                                                                  • NotHelios
                                                                    NotHelios  2 weeks back

                                                                    Girls when they wake up: I slept so well, i feel so relaxed.

                                                                    Boys when they wake up: 0:44

                                                                  • dennis kirimi
                                                                    dennis kirimi  2 weeks back

                                                                    3:43, hey lads time for a bit of a gig

                                                                    • Herizo Maharo
                                                                      Herizo Maharo  2 weeks back

                                                                      How the submarine's crew will be informed that is country is under attack , since the submarine is still hidden in the depths of the sea.?

                                                                      • Lenonn Bizz
                                                                        Lenonn Bizz  2 weeks back

                                                                        3:42 Who's bad??

                                                                        • james Shashicaar Banahyah Yahawadah

                                                                          Where's Iran???

                                                                          • Free Malia Obama
                                                                            Free Malia Obama  2 weeks back

                                                                            We all live in a goddamn submarine

                                                                      2 weeks back

                                                                              Nukes are fake. No such thing. Don’t believe the BS

                                                                              • Jerry Mathurin
                                                                                Jerry Mathurin  2 weeks back

                                                                                If you’re an SS then like this post time meow.

                                                                                • Aryan Raj
                                                                                  Aryan Raj  2 weeks back

                                                                                  JUST TELL HOW DOES IT GET BELOW

                                                                                  • z d
                                                                                    z d  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I had no idea communication was so limited for submarines. The world could be going to hell and they may not even know.

                                                                                    • N4CR
                                                                                      N4CR  2 weeks back

                                                                                      EARNED YOU A SUB THIS VIDEO DID
                                                                                      No Bs no sensationalism just good info. Didn't expect that... cheers!