How to Fight Fire or Flooding on a Nuclear Submarine - Smarter Every Day 244 

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SmarterEveryDay 8 måneder siden
A huge thanks to the Navy for letting me film the series on board the USS Toledo. Matt did a great job of explaining how they handle fire and flooding on board. I just wanted to give a healthy shout out to everyone out there who should have recently received a Smarter Every Day baseball ⚾️ for supporting on Patreon. If you haven’t received a baseball yet, it is not too late. I made this page to explain the process: www.smartereveryday.com/baseball
THEssSFM Måned siden
Now tell the same things to a war thunder crew
Metern 2 måneder siden
@jo han thanks for the info 😁
jo han
jo han 2 måneder siden
@Metern They pump it to a drain system, the drain system transports all water toward the back of the submarine, in the back is a tank and pump that can pump water from the tank to outside of the ship. They do not show that pump. So if they have fire they don't care if that partially floods the room, because they can pump water from the room to the drainage system as they show starting from 4:35 after the fire is extinguished.
jo han
jo han 2 måneder siden
@Metern They start to answer that from 4:35
Metern 2 måneder siden
What do dey do with all the water from the fire hose? Where does it go?
twelvegage689 14 timer siden
Isis watching 2 men playing with a hose and a camera
Eric Brummer
Eric Brummer 2 dager siden
So sad we didn't get to see the machining equipment on board.
kebman 4 dager siden
Awesome response!
KoRMaK1 6 dager siden
the firefighting esclation process at 17:00 0_0 wow
KoRMaK1 6 dager siden
please tell me you recorded a commentary track of the enlisted guys and their reactions to Down Periscope. theres a scene in that movie that is what they do at 10:00
Moises Sequera
Moises Sequera 7 dager siden
Instructions are simple; just tap to snooze.
Moises Sequera
Moises Sequera 7 dager siden
Hey man I know I’m late for the party, but the way the engine (nuclear reactor) works in the submarine is just the same as it does at a nuclear plant? The vapor generated by the water is used to spin the propellers? Please answer me.
James Rowland
James Rowland 8 dager siden
So cool they allowed you to come along with them. Thank you all for your service.
Tyler Levy
Tyler Levy 8 dager siden
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Martian Dan
Martian Dan 11 dager siden
20:01 I think it's perfect that they did the exercise, because I am sure the guy JUST noticed the low battery warning on the imager
o0OeftichisO0o 12 dager siden
Noone noticed that he’s using and describing the word “casualty” wrong ?
Chana Raina
Chana Raina 12 dager siden
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Darci Schmid 13 dager siden
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Devon Farmer
Devon Farmer 14 dager siden
Niiiice as a plumber I want that patching system
Charles Newton
Charles Newton 14 dager siden
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Brain Inavatnow
Brain Inavatnow 16 dager siden
During man on man love action it is customary on US Navy submarines for the man on the bottom to say "I relieve you" at a crucial time.
Juan Sebastian Uribe Cordoba
Fire better not appear in the sub, they are a 100% prepared
lcbp2009 20 dager siden
Hmmm, Low battery on the thermal imager. Not very good when you're trying to fight fire :D
Sam M
Sam M 21 dag siden
“Can I follow the hoes.” 👀👀😂🤣👌🏽
ma dude
ma dude 21 dag siden
I just realized that the intro is inspired by mythbusters
MysteriouslyMy 22 dager siden
have they ever had a fire onboard?
Anthony Phung
Anthony Phung 22 dager siden
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Bob Jones
Bob Jones 24 dager siden
Is it possible to vent the smoke without surfacing?
Log Lab
Log Lab 25 dager siden
This series is amazing!
Justin Brooks
Justin Brooks 25 dager siden
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afterburn2600 25 dager siden
Anyone else viewing in full screen, then forgetting it was in full screen, and pausing the video trying to maximize it to full screen at 0:24?
Dom Torres
Dom Torres 25 dager siden
That intro felt very Mythbusters
xyzpdq1122 25 dager siden
Love how everything gets repeated back for clarity. “I have control” “You have control”. A lot for us to learn from that.
IIsatomi3ii 26 dager siden
Thae guy saying "buuurrst" over and oveg knew exactly what the guy talking meant when he tapped his shoulder Like a silent "hey man im talking please tobe it down"
Intel_v 27 dager siden
CO: fight the casualty One of the guys: are you sure sir? CO: yes *incomprehensible screaming coming from medbay*
Jerahmy Smith
Jerahmy Smith 28 dager siden
Oh no the Thermoimager has a low battery LoL
Stoner Davxuh
Stoner Davxuh 29 dager siden
19:29 just open the window right there with the Ⓝⓘⓒⓔ buildings
Joel Peery
Joel Peery Måned siden
The little balls on top of stocking caps were created for people on ships to help them not hit their heads.
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Angel of RNGesus
Angel of RNGesus Måned siden
My buddy is a sonar tech on one of these subs, crazy actually seeing into his job, since he can't talk to much about it himself.
Latitude Måned siden
LMAO at the low battery! Divisional DCPO about to get smacked up for not doing post use checks, lol
thesammie11 Måned siden
Love the photo of Sean Connery from The Hunt for Red October at 23:50 :D
Jimmy Gravitt
Jimmy Gravitt Måned siden
These dudes are so professional. Combat Engineers are a bunch of alcoholics.
Kyle Hill
Kyle Hill Måned siden
Nothing like being on duty in port and being woke up from a dead sleep to the sound of ventilation fans turning off. Just what EVERY duty A-ganger wants to hear.
LawF250 Måned siden
There's only a lathe in the engine room. Not a mill. Super old but it does work. Trust me, I've used it to fix the motor generator. I was a STS and MM's have never ran a lathe before.
Darth GBC
Darth GBC Måned siden
Wow. That fire drill was intense. Love this video series.
Adawg 303
Adawg 303 Måned siden
11:20 he is wearing an Apple Watch... do nuclear subs have WIFI or something similar?
Tools N Tech
Tools N Tech Måned siden
This episode made me wonder about the rules on the use of lithium batteries. Like the flash light at 19:35 and the camera at 18:35 and crew cell phones.
Ryan C
Ryan C Måned siden
I can see the tension when the CO is watching a fire drill ready to pounce when he see any mistakes. Dont know how the ratings can hold a poker face.
Shirokuma Måned siden
I wonder why they use CO2 extinguishers instead of foam? Isn’t the sudden addition of CO2 gas (even more then what the fire creates) dangerous on a submarine? Isn’t foam better for general fires and electrical fires
qk1001 Måned siden
there are manifolds all over the place
Zachary Hatch
Zachary Hatch Måned siden
How do they get the smoke out? They can’t just open a window? And I’m assuming they can’t just pump it overboard? Where and how to they vent the smoke?
Tim fondiggle
Tim fondiggle Måned siden
Can't imagine being on a burning sub
Jim Dingle
Jim Dingle Måned siden
4:35 the paper in the background with the different "quiet levels" would have been interesting to hear more about. That being said theres a billion interesting things about the sub you couldnt fit into a video lets be honest.
Kuemmerling Enthusiast
“Low battery”
Bee umble
Bee umble Måned siden
There has got to be someone to design a faster and safer pneumatic method of sealing a pipe...I completely understand adhering to tried and true methods, however ...
jim2386 Måned siden
Amazing stuff. Only thing I’m still curious about is what if it’s not a pipe leak, but a hill leak. Is it all doomed if a hill leak happens?
BLANK Måned siden
"to test the crew's ability, I set the sleeping quarters on fire"
Douglas Hurstell
Douglas Hurstell Måned siden
That low battery 🔋 on the thermal imager is a HUGE fault in the response team. That equipment is a single point of failure for the fire fighting. If it dies mid fire, what are the implications? Seems like it should be charged and checked every shift to make sure it is charged.
Tamal Paul
Tamal Paul Måned siden
Why no sprinkler system? Seems that the fire hose will splash around a lot more water than a directed sprinkler nozzle. Also, that procedure is very well thought out and coordinated, but in being so it has a major flaw : multiple fires. How do they deal with that?
Delectarix Måned siden
"This is where people sleep" *switches flashlight on*
alwi zaid
alwi zaid Måned siden
16:18 he silent mode on his mate, that's pro move. I like ittt
Pshh Måned siden
"CODE RED".. I've never been on a submarine but I'm guessing that's probably the last thing you wanna hear under water under ice...
Hmong Punisher
Hmong Punisher Måned siden
Ahahaha look like you cant put that masked on your face. Failed at slow hehe.
Papyfun Måned siden
Sailor: Explaining what the crew does to extinguish a fire. Other sailor: HEY HEY HEY HEY BUURRRRS BURRRRRS HYABUSHUD I ASHYADUMBA
excel Måned siden
The hose man looks scuffed
TheTrickyTrickster Måned siden
"Low Battery" Might want to plug it into a charger..
PotatoGodzilla Måned siden
It's really amazing how well trained and how they act so fast. I love the series so far mad respect to the people who work on the submarine under those conditions.
BFG Måned siden
21 man bunk room.
BFG Måned siden
Used to tape over our EAB’s so we were blind and have races from one end of the boat to the other, feeling for air manifolds.
soberek Måned siden
To me it's incredible to watch the CO in person on a real patrol giving away his off-the-watch time, full of patience and all expertise to answer all these questions, ranging from the ridiculously rookie basic all the way to the most detailed procedures.
Karl Shaner
Karl Shaner Måned siden
Ever been snorkeling and accidentally taken a breath as your snorkel goes underwater? Yea it happens on submarines as well.
Devil3R 2 måneder siden
great series.
Mohamed Iqbal
Mohamed Iqbal 2 måneder siden
This video crystal clearly proves that INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION is just FAKE. If so, how can a football stadium sized ISS work with few astronauts ??? IMPOSSIBLE, sure. Quote : **Indoctrination is vital, if it's beyond the reach of mankind**
Mohamed Iqbal
Mohamed Iqbal 2 måneder siden
7:32 it's a small bucket Submersible pump is just time waste...
Mohamed Iqbal
Mohamed Iqbal 2 måneder siden
Everybody in this sub looks fat. Will they deliver, if it's a serious situation ???
Comet Jockey Dave
Comet Jockey Dave 2 måneder siden
I could watch this stuff all day. Totally awesome that you got to do this.
Bettie Sanders
Bettie Sanders 2 måneder siden
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Fubar 2 måneder siden
Wonder why he's not allowed in the engine room
Jesse 2 måneder siden
That is amazing.
Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez 2 måneder siden
5:53 the look on Destin's face when he says "air" and then getting smacked by the hose made me laugh way too much, and rewind it too many times X'D
Tarmagoyf 2 måneder siden
is there aircondition in submarine?
TheSmokekoke 2 måneder siden
19:00 Weird flex but ok
luggi lu
luggi lu 2 måneder siden
Imagine your the second fire extinguisher guy. Your buddy just gave his best bursts, and you get shut down after the second one.
wolf359loki 2 måneder siden
What happens if you have a VERY LARGE person? The average gear wouldn't fit someone like "The Rock". Do you have to be a person who fits a standard to work on a Sub Crew?
Robert Turner
Robert Turner 2 måneder siden
Takes me back to the good old days. Nothing like holding your breath, groping in the dark for a quick disconnect to get your next breath. Or waking up to “fire in the galley!” followed by the general alarm.
Matthew Hockman
Matthew Hockman 2 måneder siden
Got the flex tape?
JohnnyBeGood Lanney
JohnnyBeGood Lanney 2 måneder siden
The EAB Dust plugs make great keychains
Maketsu 2 måneder siden
At first thought, "incident" would be less confusing than "casualty".
Ahmed Brown
Ahmed Brown 2 måneder siden
20:00 Thermal imager is running low on battery
Old Smokey
Old Smokey 2 måneder siden
asking too many questions? That's a casualty
Ed Hettman
Ed Hettman 2 måneder siden
Chapter 38. Your gonna the truly adventurous to read the entire scriptures before you go home. Good man. Really enjoying this series. Thanks to you and our excellent Navy.
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Ysha 2 måneder siden
It's really interesting to see how sailors do firefighting, as it's quite different on how we do it here in land. In submarines, there's no room for store your fire fighting gear on floor next to the truck like we do here, and you probably have many other things to do. We have exercises, some extra training, maintenance and stuff like that, but when the alarm goes off, we can basically just jump to our boots, and the truck leaves the station in one minute. Submarine is so much more interesting and challenging environment to fight fires.
KaoZoua Xiong
KaoZoua Xiong 2 måneder siden
This is awesome !
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Tom Culpin
Tom Culpin 2 måneder siden
This is so cool
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Viktor Kožený 2 måneder siden
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13:30 I’m here at Bess, I’m about to do that trainer tomorrow
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