Living Underwater: How Submarines Work

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  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions  13 days ago +1335

    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.

    • Hindu Goat
      Hindu Goat 2 days ago

      if you spam advertising, you automatically get a thumbs down

    • Zes
      Zes 4 days ago


    • USCG Mason
      USCG Mason 4 days ago

      I think a video on how Coast Guard cutters would be pretty cool, not a lot of people really know what they do.

    • hamd098
      hamd098 4 days ago

      Great idea, thanks for doing the references!

    • 8Lec
      8Lec 5 days ago

      Pretty neat

  • Roman Odaisky
    Roman Odaisky 4 hours ago

    The final shot is brilliant.

  • Dmitri Kozlowsky
    Dmitri Kozlowsky 16 hours ago

    I wannabe a semen in a submariner.

  • Stephen Land
    Stephen Land 23 hours ago

    A friend of one of my adult children is a Submariner. He describes the food served towards the end of a deployment as, "Cream of Bottom Shelf".

  • robert retka
    robert retka Day ago

    In the submarine world there is no other country to be considered an ally ? I imagine that would be true.

  • Dj Genius
    Dj Genius Day ago

    Great video

  • Dj Genius
    Dj Genius Day ago

    Where is Russia VLF?

  • Brian Meyrick
    Brian Meyrick Day ago


  • Riley Nicholson
    Riley Nicholson Day ago

    Every good submarine is a Schrodinger submarine

  • Mike Dunigan
    Mike Dunigan Day ago

    Two kinds of people in the world.
    People who can survive submarine life, and those who can't.
    Only way to find out, is to be on a submarine.
    At some point you realize, nearly anything, and everything can kill you. And, you're either fine with that, or your brain comes unglued.
    Really though, everyone that is on a sub has their brain get strained. The difference is: bending vs breaking.

    Puts everything nicely in perspective though. Ride this roller coaster with me. Everything below, happened in seconds:
    what is that sound?
    that sound. is water rushing down a pipe, it's loud and getting closer
    what could make that sound here? nothing good
    oh look water, that isn't so bad. it will break something, maybe
    that's a lot of water, someone might get hurt
    I need to stop the water, which way do I go? toward the water, shit
    that is A LOT of water, this is really, REALLY bad. get to a switch!
    so. much. water. we might all die...
    *water slows as someone else got to a switch first.*
    maybe only a little death and damage, must help secure power to equipment.

    I was at tube 17 when the sound started. I was at tube 21 when the flood control was activated.
    Look at 1:12 It took me 3 of those orange cylinders to get up to full speed. And in that time about 700 gallons of water had come spilling in to the boat. So much water, that as I ran toward it. I watched as it grew in width and force until I couldn't see the wall anymore, just water.
    Everything else I've run into since then just, hasn't seemed all that bad.

  • Chiefpingu ATC
    Chiefpingu ATC 2 days ago

    Nononono the French sub hit the British sub

  • Eduardo Espinoza
    Eduardo Espinoza 2 days ago

    War has always existed!

  • Rolando A. Chacon
    Rolando A. Chacon 2 days ago

    Im new to this channel but have to congratulate you. Excellent content and premium production. Good work

  • Mark G
    Mark G 2 days ago

    It is annoying to keep hearing sum marines, not sub marines. Your pronunciation sure does not sound BRILLIANT.
    Take a breath and slow your speaking speed. You talk TOO fast.
    Your 80 words per minutes should be slowed to 60 words per minute. 60 WPM is considered comfortable listening. You want your viewers to be comfortable and listen for the whole video.

  • nitish raj
    nitish raj 2 days ago

    Good video

  • Pistacho123Lol
    Pistacho123Lol 2 days ago +1

    And what about the ARA San Juan?

  • Funkky Monkey
    Funkky Monkey 2 days ago

    How submarines work... video is only 12 minuets long

  • Adilson DeSouza
    Adilson DeSouza 2 days ago

    Ready to make some defecation in the oceans. Big shit whales. Very unnecessary shit burden for societies.

  • Far Right Always Right

    You, or anyone for that matter have no idea the actual capabilities of US subs.

  • The animation Dump
    The animation Dump 3 days ago

    Submarines are apocalypse tubes.

  • the0whilest0man
    the0whilest0man 3 days ago


  • MinnesotaLotion
    MinnesotaLotion 3 days ago

    I heard from a retired navy guy that if a boomer tried to launch all of its missiles consecutively, it would probably scuttle its self due to the stress of missile launch

  • Tony Kravitz
    Tony Kravitz 3 days ago

    That's it: *All ahead flank right full rudder!*

    had to say it.

  • MWB Gaming
    MWB Gaming 3 days ago

    Less than a minute in and we see planes

  • L P
    L P 3 days ago

    they dont have hoes in submarines???....fuck that shit.

  • HockeyHoodack
    HockeyHoodack 3 days ago

    4:46 ew a wild fan sign

  • Zes
    Zes 4 days ago

    no such thing as inconceivable or x for morale, infinitely moralex nmw

  • Darby Darbyshire
    Darby Darbyshire 4 days ago

    SUB Marine, not Summerine.

  • No life plays
    No life plays 4 days ago

    Hey wendover what would happen if the USA and Canada combined as 1 country and could it be possible what would happen would it be bigger than Russia? Would the us still be able to up hold it’s superpower status with the extra land how would the United Kingdom be affected

  • Bill
    Bill 4 days ago

    Sub-marine-er? It’s pronounced sub-marrin-er. Also, what is a boo-ee? I guessing it’s a bouy. 😂

  • Ed Jack
    Ed Jack 4 days ago

    if they had youtube i could live there like so far in my life

  • 3hutp
    3hutp 4 days ago

    I love how the largest of any given category always has to be Russian

  • Dimitri Petrovich
    Dimitri Petrovich 4 days ago

    The russian Typhoon submarine even has two nuclear reactors

  • TheEgg185
    TheEgg185 4 days ago +1

    Very good

  • Qricke
    Qricke 4 days ago +1

    1:32 pakistan is building 2 and China is building some for them as well I believe

  • Luke Charters
    Luke Charters 4 days ago +1

    The funny thing is that most of the countries that have nuclear subs are allied or are friends.

  • Nicholas Paat
    Nicholas Paat 4 days ago

    Not sure how big these vessels are. I'm going to need a banana for scale.

  • jon doe
    jon doe 4 days ago

    Was watching K-19. Great movie if your into that kind of thing..

  • Shamil Shakhmamedov
    Shamil Shakhmamedov 5 days ago

    What will happen when a submarine suddenly stops working? Does the oxygen tank work?

  • Shamil Shakhmamedov
    Shamil Shakhmamedov 5 days ago

    how do they take a shower?

    EVANERV 5 days ago

    The typhoon class of submarines also have a small video arcade in a green space made up of fake plants and fake grass carpeting. Sharing the adjacent space is an airtight smoking room that is able to compress the smoke and vent it when they surface. Out of the original 6 Typhoons built 5 are scrapped while only one is still in active duty, and it is serving as a missile testing platform. Also, speaking of new submarine detection methods, some of the newer russian submarines have this strange sniffer device mounted to the front of their subs' conning towers. Though the sniffer's functions are not officially disclosed, many theorize that the sniffer is designed to pick up the extremely faint radiation signals other nuclear subs leave in the water. And the odd looking devices may have the capacity to determine radiation signals from different class of subs or maybe even individual subs.

  • atigerclaw
    atigerclaw 5 days ago

    "Luckily they were going at low speed and there were no injuries...But, considering both of these subs were both equipped with nuclear warheads, one can only imagine the potential consequences of a more damaging collision."
    Yeah. They both sink and implode. Nothing else happens except maybe the screaming of trapped men. Nukes cannot go off by being 'damaged'. That is a movie myth that needs to stop being perpetuated.
    Oh look. I mirrored another, similar comment. I'd be less concerned with the impact of the nuclear weapons, and more concerned with the live nuclear reactor that powers the sub. And even then, radioactive heavy metals tend to have a higher density than water and like to sit on the bottom, thousands of feet below the moving currents. And water is, astonishingly enough, used as a radiation shield. The ocean, the best radiation shield in the world.
    I wish people would start learning actual nuclear physics instead of making silly conjectures veiled as creepy intros to a non-existent episode of 'Seconds From Disaster'.

    • Da Os
      Da Os 3 days ago

      you're forgetting this is yt and the general level of comments is.. well, look at it..

  • Archie
    Archie 5 days ago

    ~5.000.000 tons of TNT equivalent (5 MT) in one single rocket and the submarine can carry two dozen?? The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was less than 15.000 tons, or 15 kilotons, and killed almost 100k people ... That truly is an inconceivable amount of firepower.

  • TrippleG
    TrippleG 5 days ago

    You need to be at low iq if you didn't know how they work.
    That's not science, that's logical how they work

  • Turk
    Turk 5 days ago

    7 minutes in and I feel claustrophobia rising - guess i was never destined to be a submariner.... maybe a frontal lobotomy would help

  • Bilal Sheikh
    Bilal Sheikh 5 days ago

    Contrary to popular belief, the Indian defence forces are pretty advanced. Considering we're still a developing nation. Attack sub, aircraft carrier, nukes, etc. Not bad

  • Bogdan Ungureanu
    Bogdan Ungureanu 5 days ago

    5:53 0_o

  • Steven
    Steven 5 days ago

    I was a submariner on the USS Memphis (691) fast attack submarine. If you have questions I may be able to help you get a grasp.

  • Chris Slack
    Chris Slack 5 days ago

    Well done video

  • 8Lec
    8Lec 5 days ago

    Could all the countries not get rid of all nuclear weapons... Then no one has to worry about being attacked.

  • pellman87
    pellman87 5 days ago

    These sneaky channels putting ads like that. No warning, no end to video. Just a quick fucking ad

  • Juan Sanchez
    Juan Sanchez 5 days ago

    Nukes don't go off that easily, had those two subs collided at greater speed the only thing that would've happened is that both subs would have sunk with their nukes and reactors not exploding but both crews drowning to death or in the subsequent implosion. Ironically there would've been a race between all countries involved to get those nukes first, as it has happened before.

  • Master Kamen
    Master Kamen 5 days ago

    Fuck you sponsor grinders

  • Tsnore
    Tsnore 5 days ago +1

    SubMEHriners, please.

  • Javaris
    Javaris 5 days ago

    Surface sailor here 🙌🏾😊

  • Nerwesta
    Nerwesta 5 days ago

    Nice video ! I'm pretty sure that the French Rubis-class is the smallest nuclear attack submarine (75m long).
    The one who actually "virtually sinked" the USS Roosevelt during an exercice.

  • Burak Baggins
    Burak Baggins 5 days ago

    Shower thought:
    When a nuclear sub doesn't sync its poz with gps for more than a couple of days. No one knows where exactly it is. Including the people inside it.

  • Rockie Smithson
    Rockie Smithson 5 days ago

    This is the coolest video essay I’ve ever watched

  • Servo2
    Servo2 5 days ago

    the enunciation is a little hardcore fam chill it down a touch

  • Justin Valdez
    Justin Valdez 6 days ago

    you (spy for North Korea) on a beach wait for the nuker sub to pike you up

  • Mudkip909
    Mudkip909 6 days ago

    do they use d a s h l a n e ?

    KINDLE 6 days ago

    MADNESS. What a pathetic thing the homosapien is.

  • Babalonkie
    Babalonkie 6 days ago

    Military is designed for battles... nuclear submarines are designed for war.

  • koopification
    koopification 6 days ago

    Why do you keep saying Summarines?

  • oreos4all
    oreos4all 6 days ago

    We're just not gonna talk about that posture in 3:42? okay then.

  • Massimo van steen
    Massimo van steen 6 days ago

    6:55 good thing you said they were electronic, i always thought they send them by pigeon in the navy

  • Just a random Doge
    Just a random Doge 6 days ago

    Do destroyers. *Do it.*

  • Junayd A.A
    Junayd A.A 6 days ago

    Bendover Productions 😉😉

  • Bonnie Hundley
    Bonnie Hundley 6 days ago

    11:20 That *visual* is absolutely *gorgeous*

  • ShakespearePlays
    ShakespearePlays 6 days ago


  • abbas adrali
    abbas adrali 6 days ago

    4:32 the chef has nowhere to hide if a meal is bad haha

  • RidingBonnie
    RidingBonnie 6 days ago

    Spent 8 years in the Navy, 4 of them in submarines... I cant say which one of course but its a rough life down there, it really messes with you psychologically. The first couple and last 2 are the wosrt

  • TheSandMan *stix*
    TheSandMan *stix* 6 days ago

    ye well they dont work on landlocked countries

  • Big Idiot Dumb Stupid Guy

    Bunk shifts are usually called "hot bunking" because as soon as one sailor is out, it's still warm for the next guy. Apparently it was very common on naval vessels due to them being multi purposed in stressed circumstances. Like a carrier or the like having to carry troops to islands around South America that didn't have a full airfield or not having one at all.
    Dad talked about getting first class treatment during his later deployments, even if he was only on for as long as the trip took. Captains would kick lower ranked "first class" sailors out of their more private rooms. Apparently, there were some sailors that would boycott rations by catching, and sometimes "farming" any rats that snuck onboard, cooking and eating them when rations or commissary were restricted.
    Otherwise, being a part of the deck crew on a ship would be rad.

  • Aviation Direction
    Aviation Direction 6 days ago

    NK does not have nuke-capable subs. They can't even launch missiles from land without issues, let allow from underwater.

  • TheAceOfMagic
    TheAceOfMagic 6 days ago

    Thank you so much for linking Sources! Please do this for all your videos!

  • Ryan Allen
    Ryan Allen 6 days ago

    Nice creative dojo ink mattes! I use em all the time =)

  • Athena BTD
    Athena BTD 6 days ago

    Nice video didn’t know 2 nuclear warhead subs collided by chance that’s crazy and lucky

  • immikeurnot
    immikeurnot 7 days ago

    One of the other "amenities" the Typhoon comes with is that even back when they were actually in use and "state of the art" for the Soviets, it was actually pretty easy to track. Russian subs are 20+ years behind the US and UK and the one Typhoon they've still got active was laid down in the mid-70s.
    A neat fact about American missile boats is that the captain is given a (very large and vague) patrol area, and shortly after it leaves port, nobody except certain command crew aboard the sub have any idea where it is.

  • Aaron Cowley
    Aaron Cowley 7 days ago

    surprisingly accurate there are a few minor things but way more accurate than the infographic show.- USS Buffalo NNS 715 USS Oklahoma city SSN723

  • Travis Scavoni
    Travis Scavoni 7 days ago

    Now, I'm not sure if this applies to the navy as a whole, but I seem to remember that after a certain amount of time in the submarine service sailors were required to do I believe 3 years of shore duty. I also seem to recall they were given, basically, a list of options they could choose from.

  • kang C
    kang C 7 days ago

    I guess asking your girlfriend to send nuds isn't a option on the submarine. LMAO

  • Mark Gianno
    Mark Gianno 7 days ago +1

    I clicked on this video mainly because I recently watched Hunter-Killer

  • ExplosiveDesks
    ExplosiveDesks 7 days ago

    The British sub is actually pretty cool looking

  • Dilraj Gill
    Dilraj Gill 7 days ago

    what an incredibly well put together video. subbed Xd

  • test channel 1
    test channel 1 7 days ago

    Can you do a video on how tesla and nissan and other e vehicle are dealing with end of life battery packs going into waste dumps ?

  • Bamometha
    Bamometha 7 days ago

    Where the f is your volume?

  • snckrr
    snckrr 7 days ago

    u mean australian airplanes

  • Chris Avilez
    Chris Avilez 7 days ago

    Damn so you could be prepping granny's big 100th and you get back to find out shes six feet under...hmmm

  • Anna Fink
    Anna Fink 7 days ago

    Never heard anyone pronounce submariner like that seriously.
    Subs are so fascinating. I can’t help but think of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea when I see them, though.

  • marco brenni
    marco brenni 7 days ago

    Dangerous enough!

  • likira111
    likira111 7 days ago

    What noone cuddles in the shared bunk?

  • Grubfoot
    Grubfoot 7 days ago +1

    Good video but buoy is pronounced boy.

  • Samovar maker
    Samovar maker 7 days ago +8

    If a pregnant woman swims she is a human submarine

  • Samovar maker
    Samovar maker 7 days ago +1


  • RMJ1984
    RMJ1984 7 days ago

    11:28 just wanted to add that it's good to have some downtime, being a little unproductive every day. Remember this.

  • cryan71
    cryan71 7 days ago

    This really only applies to boomers, fast attack submarines don't have set patrols.

  • sun Tao
    sun Tao 7 days ago

    They don't tell us much at all about submarines

  • Dylan M
    Dylan M 7 days ago +1

    I went to Arkansas to visit my greatgrandpa who was a navy ww2 vet while I was there I toured the uss razzerback a sub (don’t ask how they got a sub in Arkansas) then drove to Texas and toured two ships one the uss Texas and I do not remember the others name it was a sub sinker though and then another

  • Stephen Locksley Fernandez

    You did a mistake.
    The language was auto generated Portuguese. Please fix this!