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 • 3 073

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   10 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.

    • Anonymous User
      Anonymous User  1 months back

      Reported the promotions in the beginning.

    • Lauren Page
      Lauren Page  3 months back

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

    • David Welch
      David Welch  4 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  4 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  4 months back

      Thank you for calling the subs "boats". 😎

  • Muhammad Abdullah Waseem

    Russian and amenities are unheard of together

    • Mad Cat
      Mad Cat  2 days back

      ?????? How Submarines work???????
      Not one word on how they actually work.
      The title should have read:- How military submarines are used.
      The level of intelligence of most YouTubers is extremely limited.

      • theplayboymaster
        theplayboymaster  3 days back

        Fuck israel

        • Michael Cmar
          Michael Cmar  3 days back

          5:55 thats just so big it's unconceivable

          • Andy Porter
            Andy Porter  4 days back

            Informative video only you're pronouncing the word 'submariner' incorrectly. It's not 'submarine' with an 'r' at the end. It's 'mariner' i.e. a sailor, with 'sub' as a prefix.

            • Ника Листопадова

              Надо на новый год санта клаусов парад !
              Марина !

              • Ника Листопадова

                Марина !

                • Fxck Bleaches
                  Fxck Bleaches  5 days back

                  How do they take baths?

                  • nimaiiikun
                    nimaiiikun  5 days back

                    attack subs: underwater fighter jets
                    ballistic subs: underwater bombers

                    • keith stone
                      keith stone  5 days back

                      3:46 gangsta lean

                      • Felix Burke
                        Felix Burke  6 days back

                        Your title is misleading. You have covered every aspect of submarines but nowhere do you actually show how they work. How they are controlled and how they dive and come back up again. How does the ballast system work propulsion systems etc etc .

                        • Ki-Adi- Mundi
                          Ki-Adi- Mundi  3 days back

                          Felix Burke it’s mostly classified complete BESS in the Navy if you want to know

                      • ian1231100
                        ian1231100  6 days back

                        The Typhoon might be massive, but it's no Alicorn.

                        • A.H. Shukry
                          A.H. Shukry  1 weeks back

                          Just wondering : why dont they make a small pod with proper antenna that would float and bring high speed comms to the sub via an umbilical fiber cable. The pod can be powered from the sub via the same cable ? ! The pod can then be pulled back and secured inside the sub. It's only 200-300 meters deep.
                          If that proves to be a good idea then I need a royalty for each pod manufactured !!!

                          • karl reisa
                            karl reisa  7 days back

                            A.H. Shukry good idea that exists already

                        • Hoomenbean
                          Hoomenbean  1 weeks back

                          That is a pretty crazy fact that two nuclear missile carrying subs from allied countries collided with each other. I feel like more people should be aware thats a possibility

                          • Pro Gadget Review PGR
                            Pro Gadget Review PGR  1 weeks back

                            250m under water ? These are Submarines not tunas, they can go as far as 4000 - 5000 meters.

                            • Mr Yusuf
                              Mr Yusuf  2 weeks back

                              I would this racist cruel minutes if i had nuclear submarine we dont get along anymore theres more better planets far away then this

                              • LiL juuL manE
                                LiL juuL manE  2 weeks back


                                • Michele Esquilin
                                  Michele Esquilin  2 weeks back

                                  Sniper all the leaders that are creating the wars to be free and justice

                                  • flamingrubys11
                                    flamingrubys11  2 weeks back

                                    10:08 of course its french

                                    • Jerome
                                      Jerome  2 weeks back

                                      *"Retaliate with full force"*
                                      We are still animals..

                                      • Seth
                                        Seth  2 weeks back

                                        As a submariner I approve of some this

                                        • savagex466
                                          savagex466  2 weeks back

                                          This shitt has to stop ... Beyond power ... it very well could be sticks and stones in world war 4 ...

                                          • Martin Britton
                                            Martin Britton  2 weeks back

                                            What are these summereens this guy is talking about ?

                                            • Paul Miller
                                              Paul Miller  2 weeks back

                                              Decades ago a submariner stationed at the Portsmouth Naval shipyard claimed he was going to shoot me with a 45. I just happened to be SAC intel at the time. Not that it really mattered.
                                              He didn't shoot me. That would have hurt.
                                              You never know what is going to happen in this world.
                                              Trying to get a cross the street is dangerous.
                                              The Hollies are singing "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

                                              • Joshua Patrick
                                                Joshua Patrick  2 weeks back

                                                The sad thing is retaliation is the worst option because once a nuclear attack happens, any subsequent attacks basically ensure the destruction of all life on earth. The best option is to do nothing, as fucked up as that might sound.

                                                • Paul Miller
                                                  Paul Miller  2 weeks back

                                                  True. You ask God to help you know what battles are worth fighting.

                                              • Joshua Patrick
                                                Joshua Patrick  2 weeks back

                                                Can we take India and Russia off the list of nuclear armed Nations plz? Israel too while we are at it... genuinely frightening

                                              • Yordan Yordanov
                                                Yordan Yordanov  2 weeks back

                                                i`m having problems breathing while watching how small their bunks are.If placed in one i`ll probably die in a week

                                                • cooldloop
                                                  cooldloop  2 weeks back

                                                  4:45 Minnesota wild only.

                                                  • Miguel Ruiz
                                                    Miguel Ruiz  2 weeks back

                                                    The food is still shit

                                                    • JazminOnST
                                                      JazminOnST  3 weeks back

                                                      If you want to know where to find that Avalon rescue sub, its at the Ocean Museum in Morro Bay california.

                                                      • Scare Crow
                                                        Scare Crow  3 weeks back

                                                        This doesn't explain how submarines work.

                                                        • Muhammad Asif
                                                          Muhammad Asif  3 weeks back


                                                          • Cader Locke
                                                            Cader Locke  3 weeks back

                                                            Well okay then I guess my new phobia is getting trapped in a broken submarine. Damn.

                                                            • Swift Beatrice
                                                              Swift Beatrice  3 weeks back

                                                              Im a submariner, and I can tell you, this is dead on (with a little nit picking) for 99 percent of its content.

                                                              • Damien Hartley
                                                                Damien Hartley  3 weeks back

                                                                Okay so let me man splain this radio technology a little better. You see the only advanced telecom in the ocean is sattilite which work exactly like cellular broadband except third are not enough sattilite to download the universe so a sea man must use am radio in the form of Marconi telegraph which is done through a CDMA transmitter made by qualicom which is like a over the air tv broadcast.

                                                                • Syntheticbreed
                                                                  Syntheticbreed  3 weeks back

                                                                  The reason food is so good on subs is because it's a smaller crew so the cooks are able to toy around with the recipes a bit. some of them have their specialties as well. One of the cooks on the boat I was one was from New Orleans and made some damn good gumbo and jambalaya. Another one of the cooks worked at a mom and pop pizza joint in New York. And one other was just really good at baking. I made good friends with the night baker while we were on patrol, so he'd typically let me eat cookies fresh from the oven. And since I was midrats crank for a while he'd let me make my own omelettes before the rest of the crew came in to eat.

                                                                  Edit: I forgot to mention, one of the cooks on my dad's sub was pulled from duty to become Bill Clinton's personal chef while he was president.

                                                                  • Truckin Convoy
                                                                    Truckin Convoy  3 weeks back

                                                                    Ohh my god, Australia named it's VLF comms base after Harold Holt? Bloody amazing work, everyone.

                                                                    For anyone unaware; Holt was an Australian Prime Minister that we straight up LOST at sea. He swam out a bit and that was it, had to get a new PM...

                                                                    • Thuba Dlamini
                                                                      Thuba Dlamini  3 weeks back

                                                                      Great video

                                                                      • kris pirtsios
                                                                        kris pirtsios  3 weeks back

                                                                        Wonder wot kind of training u get to qualify as a submariner? I mean u cant be claustrophobic . Can u get sea sick in a submarine like on a surface vessel? So many questions!!

                                                                        • vxid
                                                                          vxid  3 weeks back

                                                                          *barotrauma intensifies*

                                                                          • voxer99
                                                                            voxer99  3 weeks back

                                                                            Do they serve sammiches on your summarine?

                                                                            • Breeze Smith
                                                                              Breeze Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                              Undetected? Obviously, you haven't been keeping up with the detection technology... >_<

                                                                              • John Hickson
                                                                                John Hickson  3 weeks back

                                                                                Real question what if a submarine with nuclear warheads exploded?

                                                                                • Grizzly Poota
                                                                                  Grizzly Poota  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Not called boats, called ships.

                                                                                  • Cole Freer
                                                                                    Cole Freer  4 weeks back

                                                                                    imagine being the crew member reading all those thirst emails...

                                                                                    • Azure Emperor Ddragon
                                                                                      Azure Emperor Ddragon  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Imagine having a full autunomous submarine of nuclear sub

                                                                                      • Steven Novello
                                                                                        Steven Novello  4 weeks back

                                                                                        last place i'd wanna be when god violently spins the world on its axis.