The USS SCORPION. Every submariner knows about it. No one really knows why she was lost at sea.
Myself, I know that every time we submerge it’s a battle to make sure we come up again. I’m not saying that what we do is similar to a gunfight, but the enemy is always out there. It’s the ocean… and it wants inside the boat.
Can we sink? Sure. We’re a ship designed to sink on purpose. We come back up most of the time. Sometimes we don’t.
I try not to think about it.
It’s like the old submarine joke.
“How deep can submarines go?”
“She’ll go all the way to the bottom if we let her.”