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

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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.

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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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50 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. Nathan Ripp says:

    Michael Cox. Michael Cox. Michael Cox.

  3. sparky338 says:

    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!

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. Jon Lanier says:

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

  8. THE CUBE GUY says:

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

  9. Red Smith says:

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

  10. Pug bug says:

    10:16 the greatest moment in the video

  11. 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!

  12. Risto Pöhö says:

    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.

  13. pacificcoast says:

    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.

  14. KC Diaz says:

    I wish I am smart enough to do research professionally.

  15. That red mini rocket 🚀 😅 why

  16. DDXS says:

    These videos are fascinating. thanks for doing this.

  17. Greyviperx says:

    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

  18. David says:

    Real-life Echo Base 🙂

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

  20. Jon Litch says:

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

  21. Jon Litch says:

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

  22. catfish552 says:

    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.

  23. GrenPara says:

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

  24. Jon Litch says:

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

  25. Did any body else notice that the rocket kept moving

  26. 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.

  27. nickd907 says:

    I’m from Alaska it got to -50

  28. Wilfstor says:

    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.

  29. bpm990d says:

    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? :-/

  30. incredible Submarines In The World

  31. wian bason says:

    thank you for this for sharing this

  32. 86 abaile says:

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

  33. wut? US is hurting world most of the time tho

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

  35. 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.

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

  37. Trisha C says:

    Floridian here

    Mind Blown

  38. itsme202 says:

    subnautica below zero

  39. 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!

  40. Spence says:

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

  41. Wolflordy says:

    Is this camp powered by the nuclear submarines?

  42. Curiosity says:

    3:46 – So much for the global Warming argument

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

  44. Zuatio says:

    ICEX, SPACEX, how about CARX.

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