Living Underwater: How Submarines Work

  • Published: 05 February 2019
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  • 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.

    • David Welch
      David Welch  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

      Thank you for calling the subs "boats". 😎

    • Jp gamez
      Jp gamez  2 months back

      I use to work in a sub but now work on a aircraft carrier

    • Pak Busu
      Pak Busu  2 months back

      sonar is old tech . currently , experts will sound off a whale or dolphin sound to detect other submarines . same principle as the sonar .

  • Andrew hope
    Andrew hope  5 hours back

    Fantastic video. I liked how you put citation markers on screen. Pro level production.

    • Paul Flynn
      Paul Flynn  21 hours back

      Its called a Submarine, not a "sumarine" as you repeatedly say. Take the time to annunciate,

      • nbookie
        nbookie  1 days back

        For comms a sub, please tell me they figured out the use of small disposable rov's that will take the days data, travel away & surface long after the sub is gone, burst the data to the satellite and then sink (maybe wait to re surface when a naval vessel is over head and says the password, or resurface to make enemy think a sub is still there as counter intel).

        I played with idea years ago as part of a signal Symposium at Ft. Gordon Georgia (signal corp). It got lots of attention like no one had thought of it. That was 20 years ago.

        • Monument
          Monument  1 days back

          My kid is on a fast attack sub and says the food is just ok.

          • sbjkd
            sbjkd  2 days back

            They are called “Sub-mareeners”. They are called “Sub-ma-runners”, as in Marinara

            • beta gaming
              beta gaming  2 days back

              Whoever detected it delt it

              • infinitecanadian
                infinitecanadian  2 days back

                Canada almost had atomic powered submarines, until the United States of America used a treaty clause to block the sale of atomic reactors from the United Kingdom and another treaty clause to block Canada from receiving any atomic reactors. Why Canada couldn't have just built its own reactors, I don't know.

                • David Feist
                  David Feist  2 days back

                  Being on a Trident submarine sucks!!! says this retired submarine sailor.

                  • Jens8502
                    Jens8502  2 days back

                    3:43 Dope lean? Are they all on crack? LOL

                    • ÜBERDEKAHEXATRON X
                      ÜBERDEKAHEXATRON X  4 days back

                      They work like steel coffin

                      • Yuck Fou
                        Yuck Fou  4 days back

                        China building smart we need build smarter in years to come in advance

                        • Yuck Fou
                          Yuck Fou  4 days back

                          2 or 4 submarines? A year nooooo way build 50 a year or more lmfao plz plz necessary indeed

                          • Yuck Fou
                            Yuck Fou  4 days back

                            2400 submarines ++++++ 360 240 777 marines 100 200 3 66 u want a large amount of submarines maybe 100 a year id want 1000

                            • WinginWolf
                              WinginWolf  5 days back

                              Me: Are there planes?

                              5:36 lol a plane

                              • Brian E.
                                Brian E.  5 days back

                                Love the Avalon picture at 10:32, taken in beautiful Morro Bay, CA!

                                • ken edick
                                  ken edick  2 weeks back

                                  Look at video from WW2 diesel sub then talk to me about room. Been there done that.

                                  • Anthony Gameplay
                                    Anthony Gameplay  2 weeks back

                                    So an Ohio Class Submarine is BIGGER than the ISS.

                                    • Nick Rogers
                                      Nick Rogers  2 weeks back

                                      I'm losing my shhhhhet... "SUB" "MARA" "NURS" killing me saying submariners

                                      • iAmGhost1y
                                        iAmGhost1y  2 weeks back

                                        The chances of a submarine to collide with another sub is crazy.

                                        • Larry Walsh
                                          Larry Walsh  2 weeks back

                                          There's a B in submarine. It's submarine, not summarine.
                                          Also, it's sub-mariners, not submarine-ers.

                                          • Rob Xones
                                            Rob Xones  2 weeks back

                                            oh my god, i never had any idea submarines can be that GIGANTIC! This blew my mind

                                            • Samuel Johnston
                                              Samuel Johnston  2 weeks back

                                              You can deploy VLF at 300 feet, not just 60

                                              • smithsway
                                                smithsway  2 weeks back

                                                It's odd hearing your pronunciation of submariner. It should rhyme with mariner as in the " The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" but with sub in front...

                                                • Jack Spratt
                                                  Jack Spratt  2 weeks back

                                                  We need more of these things to kill each other.

                                                  • Bayernboy 2.0
                                                    Bayernboy 2.0  3 weeks back

                                                    5 MT.

                                                    What was with the Nuclear Tests? Tsar Bomb alone had 50 MT

                                                    • Bayernboy 2.0
                                                      Bayernboy 2.0  3 weeks back

                                                      @Koza Koziński Ah yes. Wouldn't be nice if it was dropped on Berlin 😅

                                                    • Koza Koziński
                                                      Koza Koziński  3 weeks back

                                                      Tsar Bomb was detonated after WW2

                                                  • palmeristo
                                                    palmeristo  3 weeks back

                                                    All I see is an insane amount of money wasted for killing things instead of putting it towards progressing our species..

                                                    • The Ethicist Philosophy Show

                                                      Watch "Crimson Tide" with Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, and Viggo Mortensen.

                                                      • Marlon  Moncrieffe
                                                        Marlon Moncrieffe  1 weeks back

                                                        One of my fave submarine movies!

                                                        I also like the underrated 'U-571' (2000)!

                                                      • 4vndd
                                                        4vndd  2 weeks back

                                                        Spot on friend..and if you remember the main confrontational scene between the two..where the G.H. wanted to " push and launch" and D.W. was asking him to cool it...!!! Highlight of the movie...!!!

                                                    • JEOGRAPHY Songs For Kids

                                                      Spoiler Alert: They go underwater.

                                                      • phi 0318
                                                        phi 0318  3 weeks back

                                                        Nuclear warheads have to be “turned on” to be dangerous. A crash would not detonate.

                                                        • smithsway
                                                          smithsway  2 weeks back

                                                          True, but a load of functional warheads scattered across the seabed is not an ideal scenario...

                                                      • ZEROVSFLIP2
                                                        ZEROVSFLIP2  3 weeks back

                                                        "8 hour working" that's rich, you dont know the navy lol

                                                        • Jay Dobber
                                                          Jay Dobber  3 weeks back

                                                          Its sub-marin-er, not sub-ma-reener.

                                                          • Bumblebee
                                                            Bumblebee  3 weeks back

                                                            SOOO claustrophobic just watching this! Ick. God I hope these sailors get paid well. I'm so grateful there are people willing to do this.

                                                            • Michael Hunsinger
                                                              Michael Hunsinger  3 weeks back

                                                              There is a bonus for sub duty but it's not much, around $250-300 per month IIRC.

                                                          • Astral'o Pithecus
                                                            Astral'o Pithecus  3 weeks back

                                                            You should try the food on Italian and French vessels. Americans can only dream of such food :)

                                                            • Yoda
                                                              Yoda  3 weeks back

                                                              Spend as much as you want, US. But a Swedish submarine will always find you ;)

                                                              • banmadabon
                                                                banmadabon  3 weeks back

                                                                I can't believe it...The demented two tone way of talking of the speaker of the by itself already demented site Ancient Architects has been adopted by the speaker of this site! It's not so accentuated but, could it be a trend? Shall I be surrounded by people talking like a 4th grade brat that's bullying his sister? Geez...

                                                                • Sunquad
                                                                  Sunquad  3 weeks back

                                                                  Can you do "How The Mafia Works"

                                                                  • Ben Ghazi
                                                                    Ben Ghazi  3 weeks back

                                                                    I wonder what letter Boris sent to the ballistic submarines

                                                                    Probably one about how the EU regulates the curvature of bananas....

                                                                    • Stilbon
                                                                      Stilbon  3 weeks back

                                                                      I wonder what would happen, if all the crew were woman in one of theese submarines.

                                                                      • ontheedge33371
                                                                        ontheedge33371  3 weeks back

                                                                        To think of all the problems that could be solved if the USA was not such a war mongering nation exporting death and suffering around the globe !

                                                                        • What Zit Tooya
                                                                          What Zit Tooya  3 weeks back

                                                                          One way to track subs is magnetism. Subs have currents floating in them so when they sail, they disturb the Earth's magnetic lines. A plane or a ship can look for those lines disturbances.

                                                                          • Ictpilot Ictpilot
                                                                            Ictpilot Ictpilot  3 weeks back

                                                                            @157 239n You have to fly over them and use MAD gear. Magnetic Anomaly Detection.

                                                                          • 157 239n
                                                                            157 239n  3 weeks back

                                                                            The disturbances are tiny, absolutely tiny, how can they even hope to pick them up if they're not really close to them?

                                                                        • Sam Neale
                                                                          Sam Neale  3 weeks back

                                                                          I swear to god, why does our government (Australia) name anything related to water after the prime minister who drowned

                                                                          • 157 239n
                                                                            157 239n  3 weeks back

                                                                            In honor of him? I think it's a nice gesture

                                                                        • Connor Skudlarek
                                                                          Connor Skudlarek  3 weeks back

                                                                          Sadly, this video's title is pretty misleading. I thought you were going to explain how they work, not the battle strategy of having submarines or the life of crew on submarines.

                                                                          • J88go
                                                                            J88go  3 weeks back

                                                                            Why don't countries just make submarine killer drones that blast sonar all around, so if they find something they shoot if they get shot hey you just found a submarine.

                                                                            • Super Kyle
                                                                              Super Kyle  3 weeks back

                                                                              So in conclusion, don't join the Navy

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                                                                                • Chairman Meow
                                                                                  Chairman Meow  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I dont care who died, I wouldnt want to know until I could get off of the sub too.

                                                                                  • Steve H
                                                                                    Steve H  3 weeks back

                                                                                    I think everyone should know if Israel has nuclear war subs.