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From: Tom Adams []
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2014 3:41 PM
Subject: Why it's Still Called The Silent Service


Why it's Still Called The Silent Service

(New 12-06-14)

Clear the Bridge!

Click on link above to hear the order to "clear the bridge" and the sounds of the men's feet as they descend the ladder and the roar in the background of various machinery and the sound of air rushing out the Main Ballast Tank Vents.

There is a sonar ping or two and then, once the sub is submerged, the order to "open the bulkhead flappers and recirculate" meaning to open the air conditioning ducting between compartments.


Merry Christmas


(New 12-10-10)


Today in 1958, USS Grayback (SSG 574) is commissioned. She is the first submarine built from the keel up with guided-missile capability to fire a Regulus II mis...sile. Grayback is converted to a transport submarine in 1968 and receives the designation amphibious transport submarine (APSS 574). ‪#‎PlatformsMatter

(New 03-07-15)


For those interested, COMSUBFOR has started a blog at to actively and easily engage with leaders inside and outside the Navy.
(New 07-21-11)



Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks the 100th anniversary of the death of submarine inventor John P. Holland and to mark the anniversary a special commemorative event is being planned for later this month in his native County Clare.

The Liscannor Development Committee will host a day of events honouring the life and achievements of the local inventor on Sunday 31st August as part of Heritage Week 2014.

The event at Liscannor Harbour will feature the unveiling of a commemorative stone and a talk on Holland’s life, a film of his achievements, music and songs of the sea, and a photography and children’s art exhibition.

John Philip Holland was born in Liscannor in 1841. His father, John Holland senior patrolled the headlands of County Clare as a rider with the British Coastguard Service. The young Holland was a teacher in Ireland until 1872 when he immigrated to the USA, where he taught in Paterson, New Jersey, until 1879. He drew up plans of submarines and in 1881, with funds from Irish associates, launched a small submarine called “The Fenian Ram”. He was later awarded a contract to build a submarine for the US Navy.

In 1900, the Navy bought the Holland VI for $150,000, about half of its design cost, and later renamed it The USS Holland. The vessel could travel 800km on the surface of the sea and 40km submerged. One US newspaper described it as “Uncle Sam’s Devil of the Deep”. Other countries, including Great Britain, Japan and the Netherlands, purchased Holland’s submarine designs. He died on 12 August 1914, just months before a German submarine sank a British vessel at the start of World War I.

The John P. Holland Commemoration is one of 75 Heritage Week events being coordinated by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland. Among the other events taking place in Clare from August 23-31st is a a lecture on the life of an Kilrush-born Boer War General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny, a Victorian Heritage Walk around Kilkee, a tour of Lisdoonvarna’s famous restorative waters, a tour of towerhouses around Shannon Town, and a recital of traditional Irish tunes on the Uilleann Pipes by Matt Horsely at Ennis Friary.

The centenary of the outbreak of World War One is also being marked with a lecture by historian Cormac O Comhrai’s on life in Ireland during the Great War, while Killaloe will also be marking the millennial anniversary of the death of one of its most famous citizens, Brian Ború. Meanwhile, annual festivals such as the Tulla Week of Welcomes and the Dan Furey Weekend in Labasheeda are holding heritage events as part of the weeklong celebration.

Source  The Clare Herald

(New 08-13-14)

More Diesels... More Nukes....

The Chinese have been building Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) Diesels for some time. Paul


Sent: 7/1/2014 7:30:27 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Fwd: More Diesels... More Nukes....

Is America Building the Wrong Kind of Submarine?

Rich Smith, Motley Fool, June 28

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." --C.S. Lewis When it comes to military technology -- and military naval technology in particular -- most people would probably agree that "the future is nuclear." The most advanced aircraft carriers in the world are American, and they're all nuclear-powered. The fastest, most powerful submarines are nuke boats built by American defense contractors General Dynamics (NYSE: GD ) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE: HII ) as well. Follow the leader The U.S. Navy currently possesses 72 active submarines -- all nuclear-powered. Following America's example, navies from Russia to France to England to even China and India have opted to add nuclear-powered submarines to their fleets.

And why wouldn't they? Doesn't nuclear offer "progress" over previous generations of diesel-electric powered submarines? You'd think so. But as C.S. Lewis pointed out, sometimes to progress, you have to admit to having made a mistake, reverse course, and get back on the right track. More and more often these days, foreign navies are coming to the conclusion that nuclear-powered submarines were the wrong way to go -- and believe it or not, that diesel is actually "the future." To get ahead, first go Down Under Take Australia for instance.

Earlier this month, Australia signed an agreement with Japan whereby the two nations will begin working together to develop a new class of stealth submarines -- powered by diesel-electric engines. Using the same "air-independent propulsion" (AIP) diesel-electric systems developed by Japan for use in its Soryu-class submarines, Australia aims to replace its current fleet of six aging Collins-class subs with a round dozen based on a new design.

Larger than the current Collins-class boats, Australia's new subs will be capable of carrying everything from cruise missiles to unmanned underwater vehicles to special operations troops. According to, this will permit "a major regional enhancement of Australia's capabilities" and deployment "into South China Sea and beyond." Australia hopes to have the new boats in the water by 2030 and has budgeted up to $33 billion for the project, which it calls "Project Sea 1000." $33 billion? That's a lot of money Yes, it is.

Luckily for Australia, Project Sea 1000 may end up costing only a fraction of the budgeted sum. You see, it costs American taxpayers about $2.7 billion to have General Dynamics or Huntington Ingalls build us a Virginia-class nuclear fast-attack submarine. Building a dozen of them would yield a price tag of $32.4 billion -- about what Australia had braced itself to pay. But Japan's Soryu-class subs, upon which Australia may base its new boats, cost only $540 million apiece to produce -- just 20% the cost of a new nuke boat. At 3,000 tons displacement, the Soryus are about half the size of a Virginia-class sub -- so pound-for-pound, Australia's still getting a good deal.

A good deal for U.S., too? Is this something the U.S. should try to get in on? Over at the Pentagon, this is a question that's being asked more and more often. As budgets come under pressure, the prospect of replacing a few of our older nuke boats with modern diesel-electrics that cost five times less has some appeal. This is especially true among Navy strategists who argue diesel-electric boats aren't just cheaper than nukes.

When equipped with an AIP engine, diesel-electrics can outperform their nuclear cousins in stealthy movement, are particularly hard to detect (and kill) in shallow coastal waters (such as you'll find off the coasts of Korea, China, and Iran for example), and with improvements in range, can now travel silently and underwater for weeks at a time. The upshot for investors ?? Arguments like these make a lot of sense to Navy tacticians. They make a lot of sense for taxpayers concerned over the burgeoning size of the U.S. defense budget -- and they should make sense for investors as well.

America hasn't built a new diesel-electric submarine for its fleet in 55 years -- and a lot of things can change over a half century. Over that time, America's Nuclear Navy has become wedded to the idea that "nuclear is better," but globally, defense market analysts at AMI International say there's a market for about 300 new diesel-electric submarines waiting to be built over the next 20 years -- 100 of them in the Asian and Pacific markets alone.

At $540 million a pop, that's a $162 billion opportunity. That's a lot of money for U.S. submakers General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls to be leaving on the table -- waiting to be scooped up by companies like ThyssenKrupp, DCNS, and Mitsubishi Heavy, which do build diesel-electrics.

And that's not even counting the billions that could be earned building diesel-electrics for the U.S. Navy, should it decide to walk back its commitment to nuclear. Once upon a time, America was pretty good at building diesel-electric boats. For the sake of the taxpayers, and for the sake of the shareholders of these companies, maybe we should think about getting good at it again.

Life is simple, you’re either qualified or not

(New 07-31-14)

In the Beginning...God Created the Submariner

From the beginning of Time, the submariner has been known as an extraordinary specimen of human-kind. While God created all things and everyone,
He created the Submariner to show His greatest effort in Creation.
This is the part of the creation story that was kept from the public by members of the skimmer navy who committed it to the catalog of apocryphal texts.|
Now it has been brought into the light for all to know.


(New 01-04-14)

Local sailor shares story on 25th anniversary of USS Bonefish fire
Video, Photo & Story

Sent: 4/25/2013 1:24:50 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: FW: USS Bonefish Fire

Please pass on.

Jim Hester


Received this earlier today and passing it on.


Chaplain Ray Fritz





Most of us remember the fire on the USS Bonefish. I was on patrol when it occurred but received a family gram from Linda telling me about it. I had served with Robert Bordelon at CSG6 in the early 80's...a sharp Petty Officer and very likeable young man.

I received this from Julian Villegas this morning and want to pass it on to those who did not see it on the news. Take a moment to remember these men today---the ones who died protecting their shipmates and the shipmates who live with these memories.

From Julian: Hi Nick, don't know if you caught this news segment on Channel 2 this evening....Jimbo did an awesome job.....

(New 04-25-13)

Your submarine Navy: Time to re-up!
A web movie
(New 07-10-06)

An American Submarine Just Slipped Under the Arctic Ice
USS Seawolf’s missions and technology are secret

Sometime apparently in August, the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Seawolf eased out of the port of Bremerton, in Washington State, on what was probably her fifth or sixth deployment since commissioning in 1997.

A month later the U.S. Sixth Fleet, in charge of ships in European waters, posted a series of photos to the Website Flickr depicting the U.S. ambassador to Norway, Barry White, touring the 350-foot-longSeawolf pierside at Haakonsvern naval base … in southern Norway. Thousands of miles from Washington State.

How Seawolf got to Norway—and what she might have done en route—offer a rare and tantalizing glimpse into some of the most secretive quarters of the most poorly understood aspects of American naval power.

For it seems Seawolf traveled to Norway along a path rarely taken by any vessel: underneath the Arctic ice......

(New 11-08-13)

Ballistic Missile Submarine
The modern nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine is one of the most complex, and without doubt the single most destructive machine man has ever created. Capable of remaining submersed and invisible for up to six months, then within minutes able to shower any landmass on the planet with multiple independently targetable thermonuclear warheads. Marrying a nearly undetectable launch platform and virtually unstoppable miniaturised warheads reentering the atmosphere at 12,000 mph, each submarine can deliver enough explosive force to destroy an entire continent.

(New 10-28-13)

Submarine, its sailors maintain Cold War secrets


GROTON, Conn. (AP) — It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows.

The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force. It was taken out of service in 2008 and disassembled. Now the Navy has collected pieces of it for an exhibit at a submarine museum in Groton, where it was based for the duration of its service life.

It was known primarily as a research vessel, but it also carried out a range of military missions that remain under wraps even today. Veterans who served aboard the tiny sub during the Cold War say that it was one of the most fascinating assignments of their careers — but that not even their wives know all the details.

Toby Warson, who served as commander from 1970-73, said he once led the sub on a hazardous military operation in the Mediterranean. The mission, code-named “Raccoon Hook,” earned him a distinguished service medal, he said, but he has had to keep the details to himself.

“I finally had to quit wearing the ribbon because when I walked into the officers’ club, everyone asked how I got it, and I couldn’t tell them,” said Warson, who lives in Camas, Wash. “They thought I was being cute. I wasn’t being cute. I just didn’t want to go to jail.”

The missions that have been declassified include work on an undersea submarine-detection network, mapping of the ocean floor, and the salvage of parts of the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded over the Atlantic in 1986.

The 140-foot-long submarine — a pet project of Adm. Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear Navy — was powered by a custom-built miniature nuclear reactor and could dive to 3,000 feet. The crew of about 10 men could stay at sea for as long as a month, but they had only frozen TV dinners to eat, bathed once a week with a bucket of water and burned chlorate candles to produce oxygen........

(New 11-15-13)

Submarine Video

(New 10-28-13)

United States Submarines

A tribute to the modern submarines of the United States. Hope you guys like it. These subs are truly the best of the best, especially the Seawolf and Ohio classes. These are not my pictures or video clips. I claim no right to them, and I just wanted to put them in a movie, so please no yelling at me. United States Submariners, keep up the good work within the silent service


(New 10-28-13)

"DOLPHINS" - the Submariner's Insignia
(New 07-25-11)

Canada – Underway on board a Canadian submarine (Video)

No one would argue the Canadian Navy has had an easy time of it with its four Upholder-class diesel-electric submarines. Each one has been plagued with problems since they were acquired from the British Royal Navy a decade ago.

Here’s a nice video of one of them, HMCS CORNER BROOK (ex-HMS URSULA) underway in early June 2011. One of three submarines based on the west coast at Esquimalt, British Columbia, the CORNER BROOK had just transferred from the east coast when this video was shot.

Sadly, the cheerfulness shown in the video didn’t last long. The submarine struck bottom while operating submerged near Vancouver Island in Nootka Sound on June 4, 2011. Despite injuries to two sailors and damage to the submarine, CORNER BROOK was able to return to Esquimalt under her own power. There she remains, awaiting full repairs that are not expected to be completed until at least . . . 2016.

Of the four Upholder-class submarines, only one, HMCS VICTORIA, is operational, although she has yet to be elevated to the fully operational status.

Source – Defence News

(New 10-27-13)

Japan launches newest submarine Kokuryu amid party atmosphere
Video & Pictures
It’s not the usual kind of fanfare you would associate with the launching of a nation’s cutting edge new submarine, but this is Japan – and they do things a little bit differently here. Amid balloons, party banners, the odd “rising sun” war flag here and there, and confetti (lots of confetti, there has to be confetti), the Japan Marine Self Defense Force (MSDF) launched its newest state-of-the-art toy – the submarine Kokuryu, which literally means “Black Dragon”.

The submarine Kukoryu was made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and is said to be made with leading edge technology, costing Japanese taxpayers a hefty 53.4 billion yen (around US$540 million). But not only was the submarine itself expensive, it seems that the MSDF spared no cost for the launch ceremony, having cool party stuff that would be the envy of any 7-year-old boy. The launch committee had put out streamers, lots of balloons, and confetti to decorate the ceremony venue – making the launch ceremony a cross between a war rally and a really fun kiddie party.

The submarine is not yet fully fitted out internally, sources say, and it will sit in the dock until the internal fittings have been finished. But it is a significant event that Japan is putting out a new high-tech submarine, complete with “rising sun” war flags that are sure to attract the ire of neighbors China and South Korea, especially since South Korea is not too happy with Japan right now and Korean citizens actually think that Japan may still be a military threat to them in this day and age. Be that as it may, we learn one valuable lesson here – that if you want to throw your kid a party, you know whom to get in touch with. Those guys at the MSDF really know how to throw a fun children’s party, eh?

(New 11-18-13)

Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

(New 10-27-13)

US Navy - Submarines : Silent Service [1080p]

(Official U.S. Navy Video)

Often referred to as the nations Silent Service, U.S. Navy submariners are making a difference. Some new footage of one U.S. Navy submarine as it submerges. Regardless of the mission or national need, the courageous and resourceful people of the Submarine Force have pushed themselves and the boats they operate to create one of the most technically-advanced, combat-effective forces in the nation's arsenal.


(New 06-02-13)

The US Navy's Silent Strike Service, Submarines Pt.1 of 3

A three part series that gives you an in depth look into the US Navy's state of the art Silent Strike Force, the Subs. Those silent, hidden warships that can strike anywhere in the world, anytime.

If you like this video take a look at some of the over 2000+ other videos with 12 million views on this channel! You can also follow us Facebook now! Search the name "Military Videos"!/p...  we are adding photos from the Frontlines also!!


(New 06-02-13)

The US Navy's Silent Strike Service, Submarines Pt.2 of 3


(New 06-02-13)

The US Navy's Silent Strike Service, Submarines Pt.3 of 3


(New 06-02-13)

Life on a Sub
Get a taste of day-to-day life aboard a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine.


(New 06-02-13)

WW2: Fourth War Patrol of the USS Skate [SS-305] (11 April to 31 May 1944)

The United States Navy Balao-class submarine USS Skate on patrol off the Bonin Islands


(New 05-27-13)

WW2: The Story of Submarine Warfare in the Pacific (1946)

The US Navy waged unrestricted submarine warfare against Japan after December 7th, 1941.
Defective engineering design rendered the Navy's submarine torpedos useless.
It was not until 1944 that the defects were remedied and the new electric torpedo came into use...whereupon Japanese ships were sunk by the dozens.


(New 05-27-13)

World War II Submarine Warfare - rare footage


(New 05-27-13)

WW2: The Silent Service of the US Submarine Fleet 1


(New 05-27-13)

WW2: The Silent Service of the US Submarine Fleet 2


(New 05-27-13)

WW2: The Silent Service of the US Submarine Fleet 3


(New 05-27-13)

Diesel Boats Forever

(New 09-28-12)

Dive, Dive: "The Submariners" (1967)

This segment from the 1967 Navy documentary "The Submariners" follows the nuclear attack submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) during a dive. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UMO-41.

(New 09-28-12)

The Submariners (1967) - Part 1

This 1967 documentary follows the crew of the nuclear attack submarine USS Shark (SSN-591). Part 1 introduces crew members at home before deployment, and shows the departure of the Shark from port. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UMO-41.

(New 09-28-12)

The Submariners (1967) - Part 2

This 1967 documentary follows the crew of the nuclear attack submarine USS Shark (SSN-591). Part 2 explains how sonar works, gives a brief history of Navy submarines, and shows a target tracking drill and preparations to fire a torpedo. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UMO-41.

(New 09-28-12)

The Submariners (1967) - Part 3

This 1967 documentary follows the crew of the nuclear attack submarine USS Shark (SSN-591). Part 3 concludes the training exercise, as the submarine patiently hunts an elusive target. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UMO-41.

(New 09-28-12)

Silent Hunter 4

(New 07-01-11)

Submarine Training In The 1960s & Pride Runs Deep

Like This Movie Trailer? Go to to purchase the entire video, or to see movie trailers of over 700 other military videos.
This video contains two films produced by the Navy. The first film, titled "Pride Runs Deep," Documents the rigors of submarine life in the 1960s. Lots of detailed footage of sub operations. Scenes were filmed at Holy Loch, Scotland, and New London and Groton, Conn. Ballistic missiles are fired, and there is footage of the Los Angeles Class and Trident-class submarines.

The second film, titled "Adventures In Inner Space," shows what it took to become a submariner in the 1960s. This video is an excellent overview of the training submariners received in the 1960s - from boot camp to the schools to life aboard a submarine. Shots of submarines include USS Jallao.

(New 09-28-12)

scrapyard submarines

In 1997 these two O class submarines were rotting in Harry pounds Scrapyard. He kindly let us look around them. The Subs and the scrapyard are now long gone.

(New 09-28-12)

Submarine Graveyard

This is rare and new footage of ships and submarines in the docs or on the shores' banks. Some of the submarines was shipwrecked and other was abandoned during cold war. Photos was taken from;;;;;
Music All rights reserved nuclear blast records.

(New 09-28-12)

Submarine Graveyard part 2

(New 09-28-12)

We Dive at Dawn (1943)

A 1943 war film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring John Mills and Eric Portman as Royal Navy submariners in the Second World War.
The crew of HMS submarine Sea Tiger have their leave (and assorted family problems) cut short when they are recalled for a special mission: sink the new German battleship Brandenburg. En route, they learn that their target has entered the heavily defended Baltic; rather than fail, they follow it. Tension builds as they approach their target. After the attempt, escape seems impossible...unless they can refuel in enemy waters.

(New 09-28-12)

Now this is “old” Navy…..really good, and for 1915 nitrate film, the image quality is great.  Watch it all the way through.  You’ll even learn how they fire a 5” gun, and splice a rope.
Note: You may get a good bit of starting and stopping of the film when the buffer runs out.  You might try hitting pause the when that happens for about a minute or so (the buffer will continue to load), and then hit the play button again.  This gives the buffer a chance to get ahead.  In my case, that pretty much stopped the “starting and stopping.”

(New 06-13-10)

An entire crew of a B-29 (12 aviators) was rescued by a US submarine after their plane was shot down in 1944/5   70 miles off the coast of Japan.  The entire rescue was filmed in color video but then sat in a guy's closet until now.  This is a story from a Denver TV station of one of those rescued aviators to whom the video was delivered. It also shows their transfer to another submarine that is likely headed back to port before the one that accomplished the rescue.

(New 12-11-10)

Silent Strike
Here's a long video that The Pentagon Channel put out this month 
(New 12-12-10)




I can hear the klaxton in my mind and still know how to do

a hand dive on a diesel boat.

Remember "blow negetive to the mark"?






I served on the Holland over a century ago.

I still serve to this day on the Trident, Los Angeles & Seawolf class boats 
and look forward to shipping on the Virginia, Texas, and Hawaii.


Places like Fremantle, Rota, LaMadd, Chinhae, Pattaya, Sasebo,

Holy Loch, and Subic stir my soul.

For I am a Submariner.


I rest in peace beneath many seas across this earth.

I was on the Barbel off Palawan, the Scorpion off the Azores

and the Bonefish in the Sea of Japan. We gave them hell in the

harbors at Wewak and Namkwan.

I am a Shellback, a Bluenose, a Plank Owner,

a MCPO of the Navy, a CNO, and 
a President.

For I am a Submariner.




I heard Howard Gilmore's final order, "Take Her Down."

I heard the word passed, "Underway on Nuclear Power."


I have done every job asked of me, from Messcook to

Torpedoman to Motormac to COB to Skipper.




I know "Snorkel Patty" and Admiral Rickover.



For I am a Submariner.

I have twin Dolphins tattooed on my chest

and twin screws tattooed on my ass.

I know the difference between a Lady and a Hooker

but treat both with equal respect.



I know Georgia Street and Magsaysay drive. And although

the Horse & Cow keeps moving I will always find her.

I know the meaning of "Hot, Straight, and Normal."

For I am a Submariner.

I have stood tall and received my Dolphins and been thrown

in the Brig for being Drunk & Disorderly.

I know the reverent tone of "Diesel Boats Forever"

and the Gudgeon's "Find em, Chase em, Sink em."

I was on the Spearfish evacuating nurses from Corregidor

and the Skate when she surfaced at the North Pole.


I have spent time in the Royal Hawaiian.

For I am a Submariner.


I have gone by names like Spritz, Cromwell, O'Kane, Ramage,

Breault, "Mush" and Lockwood.

I have served on boats like the Nautilus, Thresher, Parche,

Squalus, Wahoo and Halibut.

On December 7th I was onboard the Tautog at Pearl Harbor.

I was also on the Tusk in '49 and sacrificed myself for my

shipmates on the Cochino.

For I am a Submariner.

I have stood watches in the cold of Holy Loch and the

heat of the South Pacific.

I know what the "41 For Freedom" accomplished.


I was on the Sealion at Cavite in '41 and the Archerfish

in Tokyo Bay in '45.

I have endured depth charges and POW camps.



I was on the Seafox when we lost five sailors to a Japanese

ambush on Guam.

For I am a Submariner.





I tip beers over sea-stories with my shipmates at yearly conventions.

We toll the bell and shed a tear for our buddies

who are on eternal patrol.


Many pilots have been glad to see me, including a future president.

I have completed numerous highly classified missions during the Cold War.

Because "Freedom Is Not Free," be assured that I am out

there at this very moment.

For I am a Submariner.


"The American submariner is the principle reason the bad guys rarely get to 
peek under Lady Liberty's nightie and your kids don't eat sushi at school."  


Bless those who serve beneath the deep, Verse 2 of Submariner Version of Navy Hymn: Through lonely hours their vigil keep. May peace their mission ever be, Protect each one we ask of thee. Bless those at home who wait and pray, For their return by night or day.

The Seventh verse of the Navy Hymn is for Submariners: Lord God, our power evermore, Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor, Dive with our men beneath the sea, Traverse the depths protectively. O hear us when we pray, and keep Them safe from peril in the deep.


360 inside tour of a WW2 submarine...and then some
This is very well done..Just hold down the left mouse button and move it very slowly..
(New 05-16-10)


History and Parts of the Submarine
(New 11-06-10)

Top 10 Best Diesel-Electric Submarines in the World

(New 11-27-10)

Take 'Er Down (1954)

(New 03-24-11)

Escape from a Disabled Submarine (1961)
In this training film, see how the U.S. prepares its submariners and submarine support personnel to handle potentially disastrous emergencies. The USS Balao (SS-285) plays the part of submarine that has had a fire aboard and is now stuck on the sea floor. Some trapped crew members make individual emergency buoyant ascents via the escape trunk. In the meantime, the submarine rescue ship USS Skylark (ASR-20), rushes to the scene and uses its Rescue Bell (RC14) to evacuate the remainder of the crew.

(New 07-23-11)

Man and the FBM Submarine (1962)
"Man and the FBM" shows the new Polaris submarines such as USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol and describes the development of this important weapons system. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines including the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. This film also features footage of USS Skipjack (SSN-585), USS Skate (SSN-578) at the North Pole, and the important Polaris support vessels USNS Observation Island (AG-154 / EAG-154) and USNS Compass Island (AG-153 / EAG-153) operating from Cape Canaveral. The various components for the Polaris system are shown, including the SINS Shipboard Inertia Navigation System, solid fuel rocket motors, launch tube ejection system, and more..

(New 07-23-11)

Sea Dragon, Under the Ice by Captain Tom Jacobs (1963)
See one of the rarest and most intimate films ever made aboard a submarine, as Lieutenant Paul Horn takes his own movie camera onboard the USS Seadragon (SSN-584). This Skate class submarine made a patrol from Pearl Harbor to the chilly waters of the arctic, where it surfaced through the ice pack. Commander Tom Jacobs introduces and narrates the film, which is dedicated to Horn (who sadly passed away a short time after it was made).

(New 07-23-11)


For those of you who remember the "Horse and Cow" submarine bar(s), you can visit their website at  and take a trip down memory lane.
(New 05-15-10)



USS NAUTILUS: Operation Sunshine (1959)

This 1959 documentary tells the story of the historic underwater voyage of the nuclear submarine USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571) to the North Pole. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section UMO-3.

(New 09-28-12)

(New 03-26-10)

USS Raton (AGSS-270)

 The first sequence is of Raton alongside Broadway Pier in San Diego, California prior to leaving on deployment to the Western Pacific on 3 July, 1961. The second sequence is of Raton stopped on the 180th meridian on 19 July, 1961 conducting swim call and having a barbecue to celebrate crossing the International Date Line and entering the realm of the Golden Dragon. The film was shot by Russell Ogle, Clairemont High, Class of 1960, a member of the crew, using a hand held 8mm Super 8 movie camera.

(New 04-06-11)

USS Raton in Bungo Straights

(New 04-06-11)

USS Raton in Tokyo Bay

(New 04-06-11)


From: Candido Gutierrez


My middle son, Eddie who is also a submariner was watching the super 8 movies I made when I was in the Navy and was really impressed with this one.  He took it and had it transferred to a DVD and installed it in his computer, did quite a bit of editing and attached a song by Tommy Cox.  He then put it on You Tube and sent it to me.   This clip is from the movie I took of the USS Raton as we were returning to San Diego, CA from Yankee Station off South Vietnam the end of 1964 (I believe).  Some of you shipmates of mine might want to check and correct me if I’m a little off on the year.  Oh!  Ed was on the Honolulu SSN 718 out of Pearl Harbor in the early 1990s.  He won’t tell me what he did during the Gulf War.  When my grandkids ask me what I did during the war, I can just show them this clip.



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Mr. Santos:

I was checking out your Diodon web site and found it very interesting. I was a TM2(SS) on board Menhaden SS-377 another San Diego boat from back in the '60's. While checking your site I found a photo which I personally took in Tubes Forward back in '68. I'm sure you got the photo from GROG's Menhaden site as he is the only person I've provided it to..

I don't mind you using the photo but give me a photo credit, at least. A little more info on the photo, if you look closely to the right of the escape trunk ladder you will the foot of ET1(SS) Deweese who was racked out at the time I took the photo.

Have a good one.. Dave E.
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