Watch The Ohio-Class Submarine, USS Michigan, In Action As It Ships Off, Dives, And ReturnsDan Doyle
The life of modern submariners is not like that of those who went to sea in WWI and WWII. These Ohio-Class Subs are huge and they are the most complex machines in the United States Navy’s arsenal. This series of short videos gives us an insight into the life of these 21st-century submariners and the boats they serve on.
It is an awesome story.
Because these submarines are nuclear powered, they are capable of staying undersea on a mission for months at a time. Their only limitation, of course, is the amount of food they can store. They make their own fresh water, and oxygen, but they can only go as far as their food stores will take them.
The men and women who live and work on these marvels of engineering and stealth are a unique breed. They have to undergo physical and psychological testing to show that they are able to live and operate in a two football long, four-story-high tube that stays underwater and operates in a stealth mode for long periods of time.
Can they live in confined spaces, not see the sun or breath fresh air and focus on their jobs with the level of efficiency that such a complex and dangerous a boat requires?
It is not only the physical and psychological demands that they must deal with, but they also must leave their families behind knowing that they will not be able to communicate with them for the duration of their mission. The families know that they can send up to 8 short messages, but also that they will not receive replies to those messages.