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What is life like inside one of America's Trident submarines, as it "projects power" for the only superpower in a turbulent world?

By John Podhoretz   October 1998

On a brilliant August morning on a waterway west of Seattle off Puget Sound, I find myself deep inside the USS Ohio, the oldest (18 years) of America’s Trident submarines. The Ohio is armed with two dozen long-range nuclear missiles, each capable of killing millions of people. The 18 Tridents make up the sea leg of America’s “strategic triad”-its sea, air and land-based nuclear defences.

I am on a six-hour ceremonial cruise about 60 feet under the surface of Hook Canal with three dozen other civilians and the Ohio’s 154-man crew. We will spend our time romping about this ship,…

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