The U.S. Navy submarine force is as elite as they come. In this video you will see their environment, meet the crews, and get a sense of their pride in being submariners.
It is hard for most of us to imagine what it would be like to go down in a submarine for any amount of time. There is something in most of us that cannot conceive of not having the sun and the wind on our faces, or maybe we experience a good helping of claustrophobia, but these submariners serve on boats that are capable of spending days, weeks, even months undersea, patrolling the oceans of the world.
They can stay down as long as the amount of food that they can carry. They make their own water and oxygen and carry on the routines of daily life on board their boats all the while. These folks are a special breed.
You will get a newfound sense of respect for these young men and women who serve in the submarine service. They have a great sense of their duties, and they seem to have, to a person, a great sense of humor.
They have a way of making an extremely abnormal living environment seem very normal.
We at the Veterans Site take our hats off to these fine U.S Navy submariner crews. Their very important job gets done literally out of sight, and out of most of our minds.
They are quite literally the most important deterrent against attack that we have in all of the military.
These submariners all live the U.S. Navy Submarine Motto:
Any time, anywhere, always ready, always there.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.