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25 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…

 

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

Submarine life is cramped…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

Hatches are smaller than on surface vessels…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

Seriously, even midshipmen get a turn…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
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There are no windows on a submarine; sonar technology is the eyes and ears of the crew.

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
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 Submarines have some of the same amenities as surface ships…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: YouTube

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: YouTube

It pays to keep the cook happy…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: YouTube

Submarine chow is some of the best in the Navy…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: YouTube

Swim calls on a submarine are awesome. . .

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: A. Ceglia

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: Reddit

Life-long friendships are made…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: S. Southard

Shipmates become an extended family…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: J. Barton

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: K. Haughton

This one was taken in 2010…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: A. Ceglia

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
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.

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

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

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
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.”

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine

And nothing beats a homecoming…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
Photo: US Navy

Nothing…

25 incredible photos of life on a US Navy submarine
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

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