Under the waves there was a branch of the military which went quietly about its business. It was a small division of the Navy known as the Submarine Force, dubbed the Silent Service. It was a frightful existence where the elite sailors had little chance of escape when disaster struck. The submarine itself often became a steel coffin. In World War II a sailor's vessel was both his home and battleground. A place where he could find comfort and pleasure or danger and death. It was a movable fortress city at sea, but one with a heart of flesh and blood.
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