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

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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.

Even though things are getting a bit difficult, The US Navy continues to provide stability and security. If you are interested to find out how you can join the Navy you can visit the website here:

There are tons of interesting career opportunities out there that I never knew about:

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers incredible opportunities to research Arctic regions. They OWN A ROCKET RANGE. They do things like predict Aurora and monitor seismic and volcanic activity. I wish I knew about this when I was younger.

Check out the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The US Navy has several options such as engineer, pilot, submariner, logistics, accountant, medical doctor, and even Public Affairs specialist. I continue to be impressed by people that I meed who spent time in the Navy. I worked with various people during the course of filming this video and they were all top notch.

I asked Sofia to write a little blurb about her job experience: Sofia Montalvo is an Ice Analyst at the US National Ice Center (USNIC). She studied meteorology at the University of Miami and atmospheric science at North Carolina State University, but did not know that mapping and forecasting sea ice for safety and navigation was a thing she could do. She loves her job for the mission it upholds: The USNIC Operations Department Analysts use remote sensing and model data to produce hemispheric, regional, and tailored ice and snow analyses. The Operations department is committed to the safety of navigation, protection of life and property, and government scientific research.


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36 Replies to “How I Boarded a US NAVY NUCLEAR SUBMARINE in the Arctic (ICEX 2020) – Smarter Every Day 237”

  1. 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)

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  2. We get that 360 degree rainbow/halo thing around the sun in Southern California in the spring. Its right above though, last one I saw was 2 weeks ago around 2pm and lasted for a few hours.

  3. George Floyd wasn’t murdered!!! Manslaughter maybe but there is no evidence that the officer had murderous intent or was reckless in a way that put the public at large. It was a show trial that set a bad precedent for future race relations.
    Seriously if it was murder than why are people still so angry???

  4. The was really interesting to see inside of a Sub Most likely the safest ship to be on too as it under water already no worry's about sinking storm would have no effect on a sub

  5. America goes on as if everyone is attacking them, but no one else has more invasions under their belt than good old USA,

  6. "There are people who want to harm America".. no; there are people in America who want you to think that people want to harm America, so they can do what they want to shift money from lower to upper classes and getting you to do what they want. That happens to almost every other country as well, by the help of America/Russia/China etc.

  7. I highly recommend everyone to watch the documentary “ The Untold History of the United States “
    It shows how ALL of the wars after WWII have been started by the USA for self interest.
    NOTHING to do with defending itself. The misery and death caused by the US foreign policy since, is a mark on humanity.

  8. -20°C isn't so bad. Below -15°C you'll start to feel your nose hairs freeze a little. It's a very funny tugging feeling, and it just gets more and more intense the colder it becomes. I mean, it's not like it's annoying, but it's noticeable. Once you pass -30°C, it starts to get cold tho. And at -40°C it starts to get dangerous if you stay out for too long or don't know what you're doing. Granted anything below +5°C can be dangerous if you get wet, or if it gets windy. And in fact cold but above 0 temps are more dangerous than the really cold ones, due to how you don't notice that you're going into hypothermia. At least at below -15°C you'll notice your limbs starting to burn.

  9. The scientist leader looks Finnish. And Destin, do you have Swedish heritage? And that dude in the plane, must've been Danish or something (ok perhaps German???). But where's the Norwegian???

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