Living Underwater: How Submarines Work

  • Published on: 05 February 2019
  • Try Brilliant out for free at
    The first 200 people to use that link will also get 20% off their annual premium subscription

    Subscribe to Half as Interesting (The other channel from Wendover Productions):

    Get the Wendover Productions t-shirt:

    Check out my personal channel:

    Support Wendover Productions on Patreon:


    Animation by Josh Sherrington and Elise Heersink
    Sound by Graham Haerther (
    Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

    Special thanks to Patreon supporters Alec M Watson, Andrew J Thom, Arkadiy Kulev, Chris Allen, Chris Barker, Connor J Smith, Daddy Donald, Etienne Dechamps, Eyal Matsliah, Hank Green, Harrison Wiener, James Hughes, James McIntosh, John & Becki Johnston, Keith Bopp, Kelly J Knight, Ken Lee, Kyle, KyQuan Phong, Manoj Kasyap Govindaraju, MyNameIsKir, Plinio Correa, Qui Le, Sheldon Zhao, Simen Nerleir, and Tim Robinson

    Music by
    Select footage courtesy the AP Archive
    Select footage courtesy Bigstock:

  • Runtime : 12:13
  • submarine navy submarines underwater living explained sub subs boats ships vessel how it works breakdown animated animation educational nuclear wendover productions half as interesting


  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   10 months ago

    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.

  • Mad Cat
    Mad Cat   3 days ago

    ?????? How Submarines work???????Not one word on how they actually work.The title should have read:- How military submarines are used.The level of intelligence of most YouTubers is extremely limited.

  • Michael Cmar
    Michael Cmar   4 days ago

    5:55 thats just so big it's unconceivable

  • Andy Porter
    Andy Porter   4 days ago

    Informative video only you're pronouncing the word 'submariner' incorrectly. It's not 'submarine' with an 'r' at the end. It's 'mariner' i.e. a sailor, with 'sub' as a prefix.

  • nimaiiikun
    nimaiiikun   6 days ago

    attack subs: underwater fighter jetsballistic subs: underwater bombers

  • Felix Burke
    Felix Burke   1 weeks ago

    Your title is misleading. You have covered every aspect of submarines but nowhere do you actually show how they work. How they are controlled and how they dive and come back up again. How does the ballast system work propulsion systems etc etc .

  • ian1231100
    ian1231100   1 weeks ago

    The Typhoon might be massive, but it's no Alicorn.

  • A.H. Shukry
    A.H. Shukry   1 weeks ago

    Just wondering : why dont they make a small pod with proper antenna that would float and bring high speed comms to the sub via an umbilical fiber cable. The pod can be powered from the sub via the same cable ? ! The pod can then be pulled back and secured inside the sub. It's only 200-300 meters deep.If that proves to be a good idea then I need a royalty for each pod manufactured !!!

  • Hoomenbean
    Hoomenbean   1 weeks ago

    That is a pretty crazy fact that two nuclear missile carrying subs from allied countries collided with each other. I feel like more people should be aware thats a possibility

  • Pro Gadget Review PGR

    250m under water ? These are Submarines not tunas, they can go as far as 4000 - 5000 meters.

  • Mr Yusuf
    Mr Yusuf   1 weeks ago

    I would this racist cruel minutes if i had nuclear submarine we dont get along anymore theres more better planets far away then this

  • Michele Esquilin
    Michele Esquilin   2 weeks ago

    Sniper all the leaders that are creating the wars to be free and justice

  • Jerome
    Jerome   2 weeks ago

    "Retaliate with full force"We are still animals..

  • Seth
    Seth   2 weeks ago

    As a submariner I approve of some this

  • savagex466
    savagex466   2 weeks ago

    This shitt has to stop ... Beyond power ... it very well could be sticks and stones in world war 4 ...

  • Martin Britton
    Martin Britton   2 weeks ago

    What are these summereens this guy is talking about ?

  • Paul Miller
    Paul Miller   2 weeks ago

    Decades ago a submariner stationed at the Portsmouth Naval shipyard claimed he was going to shoot me with a 45. I just happened to be SAC intel at the time. Not that it really mattered.He didn't shoot me. That would have hurt. You never know what is going to happen in this world.Trying to get a cross the street is dangerous.The Hollies are singing "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

  • Joshua Patrick
    Joshua Patrick   2 weeks ago

    The sad thing is retaliation is the worst option because once a nuclear attack happens, any subsequent attacks basically ensure the destruction of all life on earth. The best option is to do nothing, as fucked up as that might sound.

  • Joshua Patrick
    Joshua Patrick   2 weeks ago

    Can we take India and Russia off the list of nuclear armed Nations plz? Israel too while we are at it... genuinely frightening

  • Yordan Yordanov
    Yordan Yordanov   2 weeks ago

    i`m having problems breathing while watching how small their bunks are.If placed in one i`ll probably die in a week

  • JazminOnST
    JazminOnST   2 weeks ago

    If you want to know where to find that Avalon rescue sub, its at the Ocean Museum in Morro Bay california.

  • Scare Crow
    Scare Crow   3 weeks ago

    This doesn't explain how submarines work.

  • Cader Locke
    Cader Locke   3 weeks ago

    Well okay then I guess my new phobia is getting trapped in a broken submarine. Damn.

  • Swift Beatrice
    Swift Beatrice   3 weeks ago

    Im a submariner, and I can tell you, this is dead on (with a little nit picking) for 99 percent of its content.

  • Damien Hartley
    Damien Hartley   3 weeks ago

    Okay so let me man splain this radio technology a little better. You see the only advanced telecom in the ocean is sattilite which work exactly like cellular broadband except third are not enough sattilite to download the universe so a sea man must use am radio in the form of Marconi telegraph which is done through a CDMA transmitter made by qualicom which is like a over the air tv broadcast.

  • Syntheticbreed
    Syntheticbreed   3 weeks ago

    The reason food is so good on subs is because it's a smaller crew so the cooks are able to toy around with the recipes a bit. some of them have their specialties as well. One of the cooks on the boat I was one was from New Orleans and made some damn good gumbo and jambalaya. Another one of the cooks worked at a mom and pop pizza joint in New York. And one other was just really good at baking. I made good friends with the night baker while we were on patrol, so he'd typically let me eat cookies fresh from the oven. And since I was midrats crank for a while he'd let me make my own omelettes before the rest of the crew came in to eat.Edit: I forgot to mention, one of the cooks on my dad's sub was pulled from duty to become Bill Clinton's personal chef while he was president.

  • Truckin Convoy
    Truckin Convoy   3 weeks ago

    Ohh my god, Australia named it's VLF comms base after Harold Holt? Bloody amazing work, everyone.For anyone unaware; Holt was an Australian Prime Minister that we straight up LOST at sea. He swam out a bit and that was it, had to get a new PM...

  • kris pirtsios
    kris pirtsios   3 weeks ago

    Wonder wot kind of training u get to qualify as a submariner? I mean u cant be claustrophobic . Can u get sea sick in a submarine like on a surface vessel? So many questions!!