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. Kbls Kables

        It's kinda nice having freedom isn't it.

      2. Razelle Lladones-Mones

        learned a lot from you

      3. Kevin Maybee


      4. Tube Alloys

        Hey Evin, Why don't you agree with the Navy's strategy? We need people to serve and defend those that still live in their parent's basement!

      5. goutvols103

        Great video. How did you pay for your meals on the sub? You would think that the Navy would comp you a meal or two.

    2. Ryan Hundven

      How does the plane not slip around on the ice?

    3. Sean Kelly

      "security and stability" weird way to say US military industrial complex.

    4. John David Gray

      "This reminds me of when it snows in Alabama, we would pull a tire behind a four wheeler." LOL, I'm dying! Roll Tide, Destin.

    5. David Hale

      My parents never let me hangout with this kinda people. They thought I might learn something.

    6. SriFoo


    7. 95thRiflesOCI

      Canada Goose is where its at!

    8. Blaize Burley

      The ending looked like you just finished a video game where you were saved by a submarine and you were getting in the sail. The camera fogged and everything for the cinematic finish. 👍🏽👍🏽

    9. {AWG}Darkbolt

      you got a Canadian pilot?? hahahaha your in good hands my friend.

    10. Theodore Sweger

      And they depend on thier vote by mail which is im question because it may come in late at PA.

    11. TheDiscoMole

      30 min video on polar ice tracking and you don't ask once what the data is primarily used for...

    12. Franc Lightbown

      guys cmon Michael Coxs. Really? that dude was a Russian spy

    13. Beany

      29:33 for the sub

    14. Zuatio

      ICEX, SPACEX, how about CARX.

    15. Marvin Joosten

      I imagined the guy at 8:30 in blue camo, instead of green.

    16. Curiosity

      3:46 - So much for the global Warming argument

    17. Jose Zamora

      Proudhoe 😳

    18. Wolflordy

      Is this camp powered by the nuclear submarines?

    19. Spence

      I have never really subscribed to any channel except for this one today.

    20. Gianturtlecow

      Great video! I'm unsure if I checked the channel for the submarine portion of the video to be uploaded, is it available or are we still waiting? Thanks!

    21. basicknowhatthing tellknowhat

      I lived my whole in Alaska

      1. Crab Man

        uh what

    22. itsme202

      subnautica below zero

    23. Trisha C

      Floridian here Mind Blown

    24. Franco Turangan

      I didn't even know there was a floating island on top of the sea.

    25. Benjamin Lloyd

      It genuinely blows me away that there are people out there who just don’t know what -30 degree weather is like. As a Canadian I experience that every winter so it’s really strange to hear someone who’s surprised about it.

    26. Daytona Jimduey

      I served in the Navy during Vietnam. I'm proud of the Navy than and now. God Bless America.

    27. Das Wunderbare

      wut? US is hurting world most of the time tho

    28. 86 abaile

      George floyd was not murdered, he died of a drug overdose while trying to prevent the cops finding incriminating evidence.

      1. Crab Man

        He was murdered and if you think otherwise, you're genuinely a horribly human being

    29. wian bason

      thank you for this for sharing this

    30. Military Update

      incredible Submarines In The World

    31. bpm990d

      Murder? Certainly looked like that but when the evidence came out, sounded like he had an overdose of fentanyl and was complaining about breathing before he was even on the ground. Pesky facts huh? :-/

    32. Wilfstor

      I don't know what's more of a give away. The fact that the Twin Otter is plastered in Government of Canada logos or the crews accents. Either way both make me proud to be Canadian.

    33. nickd907

      I’m from Alaska it got to -50

    34. Nature And Astrophotography

      if ur camera get's dew, there are heat straps that g around ur lens that can help, as an astrophotographer in colorado, I really need one and I'd recommend one to u if u go to another cold place.

    35. Nathan Wingate

      Did any body else notice that the rocket kept moving

    36. CaptainAK


    37. Jon Litch

      Another really, really good documentary! I've been lucky with great doc discoveries lately :)

    38. GrenPara

      Kind of funny! You said -30 is cold??? It hits -40 where I live in winter or colder and then add wind chill factor.

    39. catfish552

      You know Andy's a pro because it takes several minutes of walking around outside and chatting before he puts a hat on... and he's still not wearing gloves.

    40. Jon Litch

      I've waited a long time to find excellent documenteries once again! Thanks! These docs are really good :))

    41. Jon Litch

      Yeh! Best documentary example, best presenter! Love your documentaries and style! :)))

    42. Nathan Nicholson

      it is not that big of a deal, us Canadians experience -64C

      1. Crab Man

        This is one of the biggest lies I've ever heard, your a liar bud

    43. David

      Real-life Echo Base :)

    44. Kyle Neumann

      MIKE COX

    45. Greyviperx

      I don't know why, but at 19:34 the lady sitting to the right has condiments sitting in front of her and i thought one of the bottles looked like an old spice body wash bottle

    46. DDXS

      These videos are fascinating. thanks for doing this.

    47. AmirSohailOfficial

      That red mini rocket 🚀 😅 why

    48. KC Diaz

      I wish I am smart enough to do research professionally.

    49. pacificcoast

      You should add an addendum to this video to correct the inaccuracy regarding George Floyd being murdered. Now that we actually know the facts and he overdosed.

    50. Risto Pöhö

      Okay, that finger rafting. I hope the ufo people won't get their hands on those pictures. Yea it has an explanation, and an easy one too. But dang does it look artificial.

    51. chadzturtledove

      Destin, this is amazing! We are using these videos as part of our science in school, and my daughter cannot get enough. Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to making the best content you can and sharing it with the rest of us!

    52. Presley Hoover

      10:16 the greatest moment in the video

    53. Red Smith

      Sorry Dollaga, wrong camouflage for the environment at that moment.

    54. THE CUBE GUY

      The good thing about filming in polar regions is that your camera cannot overheat.

    55. Jon Lanier

      George Floyd was NOT MURDERED. He died of an overdose.

    56. Kacey Whitson

      My grandfather worked on the Pipelines and Oil Rigs of Prudhoe Bay from the 1960s-1980s

    57. MERICA Guns, freedom and love.

      What I want to know is who ordered Little Caesars in the artic. @ 18:51

    58. MERICA Guns, freedom and love.

      Ah, how information is spread. Floyd O'D on fyntenal. It's a perfect example of how news spreads false fear and rage. I advise people not to watch the news. But to go on independent journalism. The ones who aren't getting paid by the news. Tim pool, louder with crowder, Sydney Watson, and others. Its hard to find non political videos. This channel had been pretty good at it. Be veligent my friends.

    59. sparky338

      I wish I had known you were going to be up in Fairbanks! I totally would have loved to meet you. Glad that you enjoyed your trip up here. I love your content, so please keep up the good work! PS: -4 F isn't that cold! XD It's a good thing it wasn't -40!

    60. Nathan Ripp

      Michael Cox. Michael Cox. Michael Cox.

    61. Stephen Austin

      Welcome to the Submarine Royal Blue Nose family! T30:00 - Meet the sub crew, COB is all business, no chit chat or back slapping like the ice-borne research dudes back at 'camp'. Still much very dangerous work to be done in an extremely hostile environment. Humble & Respectful - SUBICEX80, SSN-679, SONAR

    62. Luke Bomar

      I'm kinda disappointed that Canadians aren't crazy about beer and don't say "eh?" a lot.

    63. Atlas

      I wouldn't be able to, I'd have "The Thing" running through my head the whole trip lol

      1. Justsomerandomweeb


    64. Stumpy 11

      28:08 hey it was my birthday when you filmed this!!

    65. Steven Tallant

      This is awesome to see someone from my hometown doing this and teaching people thru science!! I work for the navy as a civilian on their hydrographic survey ships throughout the world! I always support science and teaching people.

    66. Nicholas R.M.

      15:23 In other words : The submarine knows where it is at all times. It knows this because it knows where it isn't. By subtracting where it is from where it isn't, or where it isn't from where it is (whichever is greater), it obtains a difference, or deviation. The navigation subsystem uses deviations to generate corrective commands to drive the submarine from a position where it is to a position where it isn't, and arriving at a position where it wasn't, it now is. Consequently, the position where it is, is now the position that it wasn't, and it follows that the position that it was, is now the position that it isn't. In the event that the position that it is in is not the position that it wasn't, the system has acquired a variation, the variation being the difference between where the submarine is, and where it wasn't. If variation is considered to be a significant factor, it too may be corrected by the acoustic navigation and communication system. However, the submarine must also know where it was. The submarine navigation computer scenario works as follows. Because a variation has modified some of the information the submarine has obtained, it is not sure just where it is. However, it is sure where it isn't, within reason, and it knows where it was. It now subtracts where it should be from where it wasn't, or vice-versa, and by differentiating this from the algebraic sum of where it shouldn't be, and where it was, it is able to obtain the deviation and its variation, which is called error."

    67. drew nabors

      Finger Rafting, wetness guaranteed!

    68. kent teo

      Andy's lips looks like he is from the country part

    69. Taran Bosch

      "experiencing -30 for the first time".. well you probably shouldnt visit iowa in the winter then

    70. Robert Nelson

      Me a cannadian: ameturs

    71. Deplorable Dave

      "We as Americans are in a tumultuous time of change. But, it feels like we are actually on the cusp of living up to the ideal the Constitution was founded on." Bwahahahaha! Most definitely RED PILLED! Most smart people are.

    72. TXnine7nine

      I am so glad the SEprom algorithm pointed me towards your page. I may or may not have spent 2 hours of my time yesterday binge watching your videos when I should have been teleworking 😂

    73. Emil Dahl

      31:21 And I thought Casey Neistat was shaky in his vlogging. Totally worth it! Thank you Destin for doing what you are doing!

    74. jd123 456

      U sneaky man. I heard that. Some post audio input...... nice timing.

    75. Steven Costas

      Why did you have to pay for your own food on the sub?

    76. Malafunkshun808

      Very interesting - Mahalo! 😊🤙🏼

    77. Wesley Grace

      Why is there a Brother Marine in the Arctic Circle?

    78. DeeJay1210

      Watching these video`s is making me Smarter Every Day ; )

    79. B1ind B1ake

      30:26 that's how you know Destin is a smart guy 😄 with all the excitement going on, he still thought to tell him his name 😅

    80. C P

      One of the most cool and amazing things I've ever seen

    81. Yippee Threeeight

      I just read Endurance. It's an amazing book. It reads like fiction. I coudn't put it down.

    82. Loanword Eggcorn

      Very cool! (No pun intended....)

    83. Linas Vaičiukynas

      I cant really understand the amount of dislikes, this content is more than top tier...

    84. Ranstone

      1:53 Destin forgot to blur out that top secret schematic of the ship's layout...

      1. Shelby Youngblood

        His film was scrutinized by OSPEC they would have taken it out if it was off limits before returning the data to him to post online here.

    85. HAT Industries.

      this guy did EVERYTHING, bet he dose not have a bucketlist XD

    86. dpeagles

      What the he** is a gender neutral submarine?

    87. SelfAccountable

      I think you should change 'Murder of George Floyd' to the 'alleged murder of George Floyd' as the facts around this incident have changed MUCH.

      1. Noah C

        More like the overdose death of George floyd

    88. Celeste Osses

      "Stability around the World" hahahahaha was that a joke?

    89. Skerblash

      Dude, wear an Ushanka

    90. Adam Weisman

      How much was food on the sub?

    91. Doug_E_Fresh7980

      The death of George Floyd not murder

    92. James Collier

      George Floyd was not murdered.

    93. Morgan Kuphal

      Seeing what these people to do defend America and our allies makes me so proud of our nation. I think it is so important to see this content like this in times of such political division. It makes me realize how little it matters.

    94. yellow6ird

      This is by far the coolest video I've seen on SEprom yet, & I've got a feeling that wouldn't last long.

    95. Mike Winslow

      I haven't seen a conviction for the murder of the man named George Floyd. The way I understand it, a guy with a criminal record was resisting arrest with a cop who was definitely over the line intersected. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. I'm sorry the man died. I'll wait to see if he was murdered. I thought you were "smart".

    96. Andrew James

      Besides a constant, real time tracking of points, is there a reason they dont use a drone survey system to cover a large plot like this? Not precise enough?

    97. Karimba Leofasa

      I was not prepared for the impromptu visit to that university actually paying off

    98. Fireniner3

      This was, without a doubt, the most amazing dive into our world as we didn't know it before. Thank you so much for these videos, I really appreciate the work you've put into your content ^_^

    99. Angel Trujillo

      Quick question, what temperature is it when it gets stinky? 👀

    100. Chad Hendricks

      Only people really wanting to do harm to America are Americans