How I Boarded a US NAVY NUCLEAR SUBMARINE in the Arctic (ICEX 2020) - Smarter Every Day 237


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    1. SmarterEveryDay

      Note: The US Navy put no restrictions on me about what I should say or how I should present what I learned on this trip. Other than making sure my footage was cleared for Operational Security, I am free to say whatever I want about this experience. And here is what I want to say: This was an absolutely incredible experience. The Navy personnel and Academic Research Scientists who kept me safe were incredibly professional. Every person I met was exceptional. Also, can I just say that the experience of going underway in a submarine was INCREDIBLE. I'm still trying to decide how I want to release the footage (when I receive the last of it after it's been OPSEC cleared). Right now I'm leaning towards a series of videos similar to a Smarter Every Day Deep Dive on the submarines. The name is certainly fitting! I've also given a lot of thought to recent events here at home and around the world. It occurs to me that the US Navy brings stability and security to the world in a very unique way these days. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to meet these individuals so I now know how professional these people are. I also want to say thank you to people who support Smarter Every Day on Patreon. My goal is to make intelligent, humble, respectful content. I was given approval for this experience provided I could purchase all the necessary cold weather gear and find a way to get there. Patrons of Smarter Every Day made that happen, so thank you to everyone who partners with me to make this kind of content by supporting at If you're new here, please consider a sub! (lol) Warm Regards, Destin

      1. Hussain

        @ScottHz you are right in a way, but its also the responsibility of the US pilots and soldiers not to target civilians and its also the responsibility of the politicians. If you tell me no us soldiers have done any war crimes individually, I beg you to rethink. Look at Abu graib in Iraq and then speak again. Yes the blame goes to higher ups but it also goes to the bottom tier equally, sense they went into the job knowing they are doing something wrong.

      2. ScottHz

        @Hussain ...a strong offense is the best defense.

      3. ScottHz

        @murk1e Admirals (and Generals) wear whatever they want - when I interviewed with the admiral of the nuclear navy, he was wearing a typical two-piece business suit and power tie. ;)

      4. ScottHz

        @CaptainCanuck100 the military is just a tool, it does not decide where to apply it’s power - blame that on the politicians, not the people who carry our the missions.

      5. MiSAka

        What an amazing journey

    2. Carlos Fernandez

      15:30 for a second it felt like he'd teach me how to make a slingshot.

    3. Josiah Fawcett

      I think the sun reflection thing is called sun dogs.

    4. Nico V

      When Destin talked about the American military bringing regional stability all I heard was "There is oil in the arctic and Murica wants to be ready to claim it, when the Arab nations run dry". Also engaging in proxy wars for the last 40 something years since Korea and being directly responsible for the migration crisis in North Africa and the Middle East is not my understanding of bringing stability to the world. Other than that, interesting stuff.

    5. PsychedGuitar

      lol Chicago gets -90 with the Windchill and I've see that halo around the sun and the moon

    6. T. 'Wild' Weasel

      Just discovered your channel, subbed right away! Super intresting and informative!! Greets from the Netherlands, T.

    7. Jimmy the Geek stickeyrice

      Please keep political comments out of your presentation. George Floyd is important to history of America is your opinion not the majority of Americans. It is touchstone no doubt but there are forces within our Country that are trying to leverage this event to change our Republic for their political gain. I’m 72 ex Navy USS Forrestal59, don’t be a dummy

    8. Athar Ali

      Alas I want to be a usa citizen and join this gorgeous fleet .

    9. Dylan Everson

      i watched the whole thing waiting for him to get on the sub then realised its another video.

    10. Mac Mac

      He’s with ices

    11. jamcdonald120

      Boss I think I see a polar bear Boss: Thats a submarine

    12. CAVGUY1158

      Aahhh George Floyd died of a drug overdose. He was not murdered. Get your facts right please.

    13. Ashflame

      9:50 there is no mistaken this dude is a boss..... he just has that aura that tells me hes exactly where hes supposed to be doing exactly what he was meant to do. Listening to him speak is like watching Picasso paint

    14. Samuel Archer

      18:31 love the drive "Is it salty" Laughs "You wanna try it" Super serious (I do actually)

    15. Robert Turner

      It’s too bad you didn’t get to video a tour of my space, back aft.

    16. The Wanderer

      he was NOT murdered you have lost my sub.

    17. Bayern

      He always remind me y i study engineering

    18. Navy Hole Snipe

      From a Navy Veteran, thank you for recognizing us. You are the best! Thank you! Thank you!

    19. sandy ernst

      I boarded one in Pearl Harbor. Do I get a cookie now?

    20. kathy Mountain

      Thank you so much for these amazing video's on the nuclear submarine. We were fortunate to meet 2 young men on leave in Charleston,SC that had just finished training and were headed to their 1st sub. Now we understand with your videos what they would be experiancing

    21. yetisuncle

      i think theyve proved that floyd died from an overdose of the fentanyl he was on at the time. thos the cop kneeling on his throat certainly didnt help, and was unacceptable. i believe your verbiage is inaccurate.... but hey, thats the world we live in nowdays isnt it.

    22. Felix Arrieche

      And all the amazing people you meet!

    23. Brent Blankenship

      The grad students are thinking about math while you’re making jokes lol

    24. John Will

      How could this video possibly have a thumbs down? Crazy! This man is a national treasure!

    25. Joseph O'Brien

      George Floyd was a career criminal please don't make him out to be a martyr. I like your videos please keep politics out of it

    26. Cancelled

      I miss Alaska. I was part of the Clean Sweep team who did environmental site assessments on all of the old White Alice, Long Range, and Short Range Radar Sites prior to their demolition.

    27. L33T_Taco

      Thats a valid point... some where Submariners came up outa the water 5-6 months late into the pandemic without knowing.

    28. The Proper Communist

      Man this feels like it was uploaded a week ago

    29. CloneY -

      27:05 looks at her a$$ :D


      Canada heck ya I'm Canadian and I'm happy to be

    31. Nick Jeffrey

      Next level life changing experience

    32. Ibrahim Kurtoglu

      6:00 professor speaks very clear amazing speech

    33. Ciro Souza

      "This is not Texas" Oh boy that didn't age well

    34. kangaxx


    35. captbloodbeard

      That halo around the sun is called Sun Dogs, and we get it in the northern states of the continental US too, like Minnesota and North Dakota. They're beautiful.

    36. captbloodbeard

      Watching an Alabaman in the cold really makes this video fun. Minnesota represent! Negative 30 is nothing.

    37. Olivia Bean

      3:38. "This is a problem." Yep. I agree. Hi from MT, rocking negatives weekly December through February! I'd love to understand more how windchill works, and how -7º can feel like -30º.

    38. Willie 2000

      i would really love to read about that acoustic navigation thing... if that's not classified

    39. XtremeBordom

      Admiral Dollaga sounds and looks like a badass.

    40. Milton McCain

      *Mentions George Floyd* *For some Reason* 30 seconds later: “We are on the Cusp of living up to the ideals the country was founded on.” I don’t think we wanna go back to those ideals, seeing as though they weren’t ideal for everyone.

    41. That_Seagull

      That george floyd "murder" was justified. Not sure why people got so upset about it.

    42. Gala Praneeth

      16:05 "You're here to get your name on the paper" That burn tho.. 😂🤣🤣

    43. DI

      The murder ? Same on you.

    44. Ned Curfman

      At 13:50 I noticed the propeller being funky, and was about to ask about that when the information tab beat me to it. What kind of mind-reader are you?

    45. Ben Morrow


    46. ACHVACTAB1

      Sorry dude: No such thing as "The Murder" of George F. He overdosed on his own Drugs !!!!!!!!! Lets Keep Facts Facts

    47. Adam Place

      This is awesome as heck. Also, I can't imagine spending a lot of time that far north, when it's that cold, and then going back to somewhere like Texas in the summer. If you did that over multiple years would you be impervious to temperature, or would you just always hate it?

    48. -Anonymous- -Anonymous-

      Dude I cringed so hard when he left him hanging 16:00

    49. Ryan McNulty

      I honestly love how surprised people are when you ask to see something. Just goes to show the normal things they routinely do and don’t really think twice about.

    50. Zane Flory

      3:54 Hahaha my Dad worked at Beaver Sports to get himself through college at the University of Alaska. Funny seeing that here.

    51. Zay -_-

      17:20 is where they jinxed texas now look 2021

    52. Trevor Allen

      Doesn’t the sub breaking through the ice fracture it and make it more likely to break?

    53. ratti80

      You had to pay for your own food on the boat???

    54. Delta_Tesseract *84-72*

      A real eye opener for people interested in space travel. I'd imagine the operation of a nuclear submarine is very similar to a space capsule, or the International Space Station. I never knew how tightly packed every critical system is. Thanks Destin. Fyi, I'm starting to second guess my dream of migrating to the Moon and Mars in 30 years time. But then again, I guess a person can adapt to just about any situation in the name of survival.

    55. Charlie

      I dont know why but everytime I see the title I think that he's taking over the submarine and hijacking it.

    56. Nicholas Welch

      The “murder” of George Floyd was only a watershed moment for the US in that a lot of people eyes were opened to the unwavering misinformation campaign being waged by the mainstream media.

    57. Jeff Bevan

      Awesome series

    58. Funk Kyno

      *"F-22 Fighters intercepted russian Bombers, reconnaissance Aircraft, and Fighters."* No context.

    59. Desertwhale

      Murder of George Floyd? The idiot OD'd on Fentanol.

    60. David Aubin

      I’m a submarine designer and found your videos fascinating, your questions were fantastic and you explanations even better. I’m glad I found your channel, and yes I subscribed and liked.

    61. Karen Hesna

      The automatic steel wessely file because singer tribally alert aboard a cute bail. elegant, neighborly grain

    62. john doe

      watched part 4,5,6. now i discover the playlist 0:04

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    64. Laura White

      It wasn’t a murder : Floyd died of a drug overdose while resisting arrest.

    65. Daniel Waggoner

      Can you call redemption?

    66. Turtle Cake

      He's doing free propaganda and publicity for the US Navy and he had to pay for his own food in the sub?

    67. Richard Tibbitts

      Love your stuff, but have you ever heard of a period?

    68. Shelby


    69. Danny

      17:25 I think he predicted the texas snow

    70. Alfred Cheung

      'This isn't Texas' Me from 2021: I dunno man, seems kinda Texas to me

    71. Samuel

      Sounds of capitalism cough cough

      1. Samuel

        Lol great video sorry I felt like making a capitalism joke 🤪

    72. Möebius 2k

      "This is not Texas." - Michael Cox... that statement hasn't aged well.

      1. Ghost Hyperhex


    73. ACombineSoldier

      This feels like it could be the beginning of The Thing 2


      so nobody is talking about the rocket that moved every time there was a cut in the beginning?????"???????????

    75. Mark Durham

      All I could think of was the book from the 60s Ice Station Zebra

    76. gloeckle

      17:16 "This is not Texas!" February 2021: "You sure about that?"

      1. Ian the Potato


    77. épinards & caramel

      polar bear · polar bear

    78. Luxcium

      17:20 This is not Texas nor Cancún haha 😛

    79. Luxcium

      7:35 I live in Québec city and saw that once or twice in my life and it was freaking cold 🥶 outside (Québec City 🇨🇦 46° 48' 49.9572'' N)

    80. Luxcium

      The best temperature is -40 at that temperature it is so cold 🥶 that it’s technically impossible to differentiate between Fahrenheit° and Celsius° and like for any temperature « kelvin degrees » are not even a thing...

    81. jesse dryfhout

      Does anyone know how the Submarine initially pokes thru the ice? I assume it cant just smash into it hard from underneath, but it sure looks like huge plates of ice have been pushed up and are leaning against the bridge. Also the raised ice all along the body. (maybe thats just snow??) maybe they core holes and drop some TNT in to simply break up an area? or do they completely clear a spot? Very curious how they actually break thru. (btw, great series Destin. Thank you.)

      1. jesse dryfhout

        @Eddie J. G. right on

      2. Eddie J. G.

        We just punch through.

    82. Matthew Collier

      Love it when the scientists and stuff clearly get so relieved when they're trying to explain something in a super simple way and Destin realizes what they're talking about and offers the name.

    83. Naduron0

      wow! what a lucky guy, i want to inside a submarine also Q.Q, i would only say AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! all the time xD

    84. angulion

      Yet another great video... In my opinion there is not countries that want to harm US, it is very much is a response to how US have acted - CIA trained terrorists in the day against USSR in mid-east, later it backfired. It simply is action and reaction. In the end US army mostly just protects US interests, being it oil or some other natural resource, it very rarely has anything to do about "freedom and democracy", you never see US going to stabilize a country in despair where there is no natural resources (lots in Africa).The army is just a deterrent that either vengeful of power-hungry dictators, regimes have checks and bounds. Speaking of regimes, I'd prefer colder discussions with a wannabe panda in far east. Has nothing to do with pure defense, my country defended itself when is was being invaded on own soil. FDF. Edit, the Russian bomber intercept happen all the time and since after the cold war height, US fighters have made barrel-rolls around the bombers while they give thumbs up to each other. Just seems many ordinary people in US has lost the perspective. I'm sure this will not get much upvotes, just how I see stuff. Layered clothing is a norm in winter where I am - most important, always have dry clothes, be it water or sweat. Even more important, keep you feet warm and dry. Let's get humanity to rather spend millions on space exploration than ways to end our own kind, in unison.

    85. Ron Adams

      Destin, I love watching your videos because you're always like an excited 10-year old kid exploring and learning about the world! Keep it up, and thanks for the great content!

    86. Monty Cantsin

      @17:21 March 2020: "This is not Texas!" February 2021: well...

    87. Michael McKinley

      according to legend, a young boy was ice fishing, when a foreign tourists asked him, how will you pull a big fish up through that small hole? the boy smiles, and replied, no sir, the fish will not be able to pull me down through it....

    88. Michael McKinley

      :@17:22 "This is not Texas".... if you don't count February of 2021....;P

    89. Michael McKinley

      I am going to nominate Admiral Dollaga for Secretary of Defense.

    90. Antonio Santana

      I wonder if the americans clean up after they destroy those test ships on the ocean or they just pollute the seas for the 'sake of the country'.

    91. Seth Adkins

      17:22 This aged well

    92. Chase

      Why did the ice queen look scared for her life

    93. Graham Rankin

      How did you get permission? Did you contact the Navy or they contacted you initially?

    94. L Train45

      17:15 Mike Cox

    95. Brandon

      Note...he {George Floyd} wasn't murdered. He overdosed on narcotics.

    96. Inertia Records

      17:22 you sure about that?

    97. Alexander Gilbert

      28:40 POLAR BEAR TIME

    98. Naj Renchelf

      Omg, the Ice Queen is real! Who’s going to tell Within Temptation? 😹

    99. Никита Лель

      As usual, US nuclear submarines and crews are not able to carry out combat missions in the artik

    100. Cactus NOKK

      0:58 the rocket on the board changed direction