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Interviews: Effects on Families


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Submarine service affects the whole family. When submariners leave on a patrol, their family members must readjust to life without their partner or parent. Communication remains limited, which makes the separation harder. Many submariners find the routine of living and working on the submarine to be a welcome distraction from missing their families. In these interviews, five SSBN submariners discuss how their families are affected by the ongoing cycle of deterrent patrols.

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

Published: Wed Mar 24 12:25:12 EDT 2021