A Century of Silent Service (2001): Part 02


To celebrate 100 years of the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force, Sonalysts (Jane’s 688(I), Fleet Command, Sub Command) has teamed up with the Naval Submarine League to create a unique 90-min video documentary.

A Century of Silent Service is hosted by President Jimmy Carter, himself a former submarine officer.

Chronicling the genesis of the US Silent Service from the first real submarine, the CSS Hunley, and John Holland’s early gasoline powered boats, the programme features an abundance of archival footage and material.

Whether fighting tough foes in wars hot and cold, or going against the stark perils of a developing technology, the US Naval Submarine Force has generated a history unique in American arms.

The turn of the millennium marked its first 100 years.

This 2-hour special features interviews with a former submariner, President Jimmy Carter, many key Navy experts, along with Silent Service notables such as Capt. Ned Beach, Medal of Honour recipient Rear Admiral Eugene Fluckey, VADM James Calvert, ADM Bruce Demars (former director of the US Navy’s nuclear power programme), and others including enlisted men and wives.

Hearing the story told by them conveys the depth of impressive achievements and duty bestowed upon a free country by a special group of sailors.


Part II introduces us to the nuclear attack submarine and its world shattering partner, the ballistic missile boat.

With more emphasis on stealth and lethality than ever before, the US Submarine Force took on the Soviet Union in an undeclared war of detection and avoidance.

American subs were able to track and remain undetected for weeks.

American submarines were a prime factor in the containment strategy that brought the U.S.S.R. to collapse.

Strategic submarines made over 3,000 deterrent patrols during the Cold War while safely and reliably controlling the nuclear weapons under their responsibility.

Today, the Submarine Force enters its second century of service conducting complex operations demanding a stealthy, mobile, high-endurance platform with great firepower.

A Century of Silent Service Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s): Skip Church.
  • Distributor(s): History Channel.
  • Release Date: 2001.
  • Running Time: 120 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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