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The Silent Service

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The Silent Service game quiz
"This is a quiz about the men and boats of the United States Navy's submarines - the "Silent Service"."

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1. Many people consider the "Turtle" to be the first American submarine. It saw action in what war?
    WWI
    The War of 1812
    The Revolutionary War
    The Mexican-American War


2. The first submarine to sink an enemy warship was built by the Confederacy during the Civil War. On February 17, 1864 it attacked and sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor. What was the name of this historic submarine?
    CSS Virginia
    CSS Shenandoah
    CSS Alabama
    CSS H. L. Hunley


3. Although not nearly as famous as the vessel in the previous question, the Union navy built its own submersible warship. What was its name?
    Snapping Turtle
    Alligator
    Diver
    Mallard


4. The Navy continued to experiment with submersible vessels, but the first "official" U.S. submarine was USS Holland (SS-1). What year was she commissioned?
    1892
    1911
    1906
    1900


5. The United States lost no submarines in combat during World War I. But even in peace time, submarine duty is a dangerous business. How many U.S. submarines were lost prior to the beginning of WWII?
    12
    6
    9
    11


6. Submarine warfare played an important role during WWII. How many U.S. submarines were lost during the war?
    71
    39
    52
    26


7. During WWII, how many American submariners lost their lives in the service of their country?
    2712
    1862
    3505
    3108


8. No submariner has ever been awarded the Medal of Honor.
    True
    False


9. After WWII, the world of submarines changed forever when nuclear power replaced diesel engines and batteries as a means of propulsion. This revolutionary change was largely the work of one man. Who is known as "the father of the nuclear Navy?"
    President Harry S Truman
    Rear Admiral Richard O'Kane
    Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
    Admiral Hyman G. Rickover


10. The first nuclear powered submarine was commissioned on September 30, 1954. What was her name?
    Greyback
    Nautilus
    Intrepid
    Skate


11. The advent of nuclear power also introduced a new type of submarine - one that carried nuclear missles. What was the name of the Navy's first ballistic missile submarine?
    George Washington
    Tang
    Robert E. Lee
    John Marshall


12. Women are now allowed to serve on submarine duty.
    True
    False


13. When ballistic missile submarines go out on "patrol," how long does the deployment usually last?
    About 70 days
    About 120 days
    About 10 days
    1 year


14. Since WWII, the Navy has lost two nuclear powered submarines. What were their names?
    Darter and Sealion
    Argonaut and Triton
    Thresher and Scorpion
    Growler and Seawolf


15. The U.S. Navy allows submariners to wear special insignia to distinguish them from other sailors. What is this insignia called?
    Sharks
    Dolphins
    Shellbacks
    There is no special insignia


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Compiled Feb 10 14