27 Incredible Photos Of Life On A US Navy Submarine

A U.S. Navy nuclear submarine is one of the most mysterious places in which a member of the military could serve.

Armed with advanced technology and enough firepower to destroy civilizations, it’s no wonder that every sailor aboard these vessels must have a secret clearance or better.

WATM scoured the Navy’s official website and asked the sailors of the Submarine Bubblehead Brotherhood for personal pictures to come up with these 27 incredible photos of life under the sea.

Deployment starts with departing from home port…

Mooring a submarine

Photo: US Navy

Submarine life is cramped…

going down the hatch of a navy sub

Photo: US Navy

Hatches are smaller than on surface vessels…

Bubbleheads – Navy speak for submariners – go without sunlight for weeks at a time.

us navy submarine under way

Photo: US Navy

Sailors as young as 18 years-old drive the ship…

steering a us navy submarine

Photo: US Navy

Seriously, even midshipmen get a turn…

Photo

 

Any sailor on a submarine can pull off Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” lean move. Here’s a photo of a skipper pulling it off…

submarine diving

Photo: YouTube

Angles and Dangles: When the submarine makes radical depth changes. Usually to ensure everything is stowed for sea properly.

There are no windows on a submarine; sonar technology is the eyes and ears of the crew.

Photo

 Submarines have some of the same amenities as surface ships…

Photo: YouTube

… but, everything in a submarine is modified to limit noise. These are rubber shock absorbers under the treadmill…

navy submarine rubber shock absorbers

Photo: YouTube

Here is a close-up of a rubber shock absorber…

submarine rubber shock absorber

Photo: YouTube

It pays to keep the cook happy…

Photo: YouTube

Submarine chow is some of the best in the Navy…

Photo: YouTube

Swim calls on a submarine are awesome. . .

submarine swim call

Photo: US Navy

After months in the ocean depths, a little Vitamin D (sunlight) could be just what the doctor ordered . . .

Photo: A. Ceglia

Photo: A. Ceglia

This is what a steel beach picnic looks like on a submarine . . .

steel beach cookout on top of a us navy sub

Photo: Reddit

Life-long friendships are made…

in the submarine berthing

Photo: S. Southard

Shipmates become an extended family…

the os in a submarine

Photo: J. Barton

Some things never change. This photo of sailors painting the sub was taken in the 1950s . . .

sub painting in the 50s

Photo: K. Haughton

This one was taken in 2010…

painting a sub

Photo: A. Ceglia

One lesson holds true in any era: Don’t use the submarine paint to dress up like the Hulk . . .

the hulk submarine paint

According to a Reddit feed, this man in Brazil used permanent submarine paint to dress like the Hulk. After unsuccessfully trying to remove the paint, his mother came to help with industrial cleaning materials. Photo: Reddit

Submarines sometimes break through the ice to surface on the North Pole.

submarine snow surface

Photo: US Navy

Santa wasn’t around for this visit, but these polar bears gave a big welcome . . .

sub ice surface polar bear

Photo: US Navy

Many sailors become shellbacks, but few have a blue nose…

blue nose submarine sailor

To become a Blue Nose, a sailor must have crossed the Arctic Circle in a Navy vessel. Photo: D. Gudman

The best words a CO could ever say are, “Folks, let’s go home.”

los angeles class submarine sun set

And nothing beats a homecoming…

coming home after a sub patrol

Photo: US Navy

Nothing…

USS Scranton sailor, Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Warren Jack holds his daughter for the first time after a seven-month deployment. Photo: US Navy

TOP ARTICLES
This Halloween-themed bomb was as dumb as it sounds

Still a few years out from the Manhattan Project being completed, a dentist / mad scientist came up with a disastrous and inhumane plan — the "bat bomb."

These are the contenders flying off to replace the A-10

Four planes are flying off for the chance to try to replace the beloved A-10 Thunderbolt. Here's how they hold up.

This was a major problem with the South Vietnamese army

"Be glad to trade you some ARVN rifles. Ain't never been fired and only dropped once." — Cowboy from "Full Metal Jacket."

9 reasons why you should have joined the Army instead

The only down side is knowing that when you get out, you will never be as cool as you were when you were doing "Hooah things" with your boys.

7 things all troops should know before becoming a sniper

With Hollywood tapping into the sniper lifestyle with films like "American Sniper," many young troops get a misconception what it's like to be one.

The first home-built Japanese supersonic fighter was a ship-killer

The Mitsubishi F-1 was designed to carry out the maritime strike mission, but also could carry AIM-9 Sidewinders.

This is why Bowe Bergdahl says he plead guilty

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by the Taliban for five years after walking off his post in Afghanistan, is expected to plead guilty.

Say hello to America's newest 40mm grenade machine gun

The Mk-47 Mod 0 Advanced Grenade Launcher takes the auto 40 mike-mike to a whole new level.

10 craptastic Halloween costumes completely out of regulations

It's that time of year again! Halloween parties are being planned and folks who wouldn't hack it in the real military pick up cheap ass costumes.

This is how one man tried to end slavery all by himself

John Brown believed in American freedom but didn't trust democracy to guarantee it for all. His failed slave revolt was the opening salvo of the Civil War.