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Interviews: Making Deterrent Patrols


Ballistic missile submarines have only one job: to make patrols carrying nuclear missiles, thus deterring enemy attacks. Each sub has two alternating crews (Blue and Gold) to stay at sea as much as possible — up to eight months a year! What do SSBN crews do during a patrol? How does a patrol compare to a fast attack deployment? How many crew members actually know where the submarine is during a patrol? Submariners answer these questions and more in this video.

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

Published: Tue Mar 23 15:41:33 EDT 2021