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Interviews: The Hardest Parts of Submarine Service


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If you ask submariners to identify the hardest part about submarine service, the answer is almost universal: separation from their families. Patrol schedules mean submariners can miss birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations — even the birth of a child or the death of a family member. In these interviews, SSBN submariners explain why family separation is the hardest part of their jobs.

This video was created for our long-term exhibit, Preserving Peace: The Navy’s Strategic Deterrence Program.

Published: Wed Mar 24 12:26:35 EDT 2021