Shipyard Workers

Although only men serve in submarines, women and men alike build and maintain them. Workers must deploy a wide range of skills, from basic moving or lifting to sophisticated electronic maintenance.

Welding Equipment
A submarine's pressure hull is the structure that protects men and equipment from the crushing weight of the surrounding water. At a depth of 700 feet (200 m), not the deepest modern submarines go, water pressure reaches 43,700 pounds per square foot (21,900 g/cm2). To survive such pressures, the welded joints in the hull must be flawless. Gift of Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corporation

Missile Hatches
All 16 missile hatches are open, as workers complete construction of USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) at Newport News shipyard during 1964. Courtesy Naval Historical Center

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