Agent Jiang; as you know, an important Chinese surveillance vessel was lost in American waters. Your mission is to destroy derelict submarine SSN-37-1A before the Americans can recover and analyze it.”— Espionage debriefing
The SSN-37-1A (called Sub Recovery Site in the Pip-Boy map) is a covert Chinese submarine lodged in the shallow waters off the coast of Point Lookout. It was in the process of being recovered by the U.S. military pre-War.
Covert Submarine SSN-37-1A is a Chinese spy submarine sent to patrol hostile waters surrounding Point Lookout. It sank before the nuclear phase of the Great War, and it can be found at the sub recovery site. As for remnants of equipment, all main systems seem to be offline due to flooding and centuries of inactivity. There is no working radio, navigation, weapons, or targeting parameters for the sub itself. However, there is a radio (or radio type piece) that is entirely rusted brown and dead. There is no accessible on-board AI nor navigational software. Surprisingly, the electricity still works, and the presence of green goo on the floor in the aft section suggests that the sub was nuclear powered. It also apparently has small back up generators in the rear.
Externally, there are no signs of torpedo tube hatches and internally, there is no torpedo room, implying that this sub was for reconnaissance and diversion operation, not direct engagement.
Its mission was as follows:
CHINESE NAVAL COMMAND
Vessel SSN-37-1A is ordered to patrol hostile waters between:
+38 3' 36.00", -76 18' 36.00"
+37 49' 41.61", -76 0' 37.02"
+37 5' 60.00", -76 1' 12.00"
Variations from patrol are tolerated as required by evasive circumstances. Crew is under strict instructions not to engage enemy if detected. Self-destruct protocol must be initiated in event of imminent capture. Status updates are required at six hour intervals by one-way burst comm on orbital frequency #K17.18.v121.
It should be noted that this would have been an exceptionally dangerous assignment, as it would have taken the sub within 8 miles of the home port of the Atlantic fleet and the largest naval air field on the east coast.
Above the water line is a small stranded boat and a buoy. Below, it is a medium-sized submarine with a hatch on top.
The submarine, for its external size, is extremely compact inside. There is only one accessible room, with just two beds available. The ladder leads straight into the roof and a pipe spraying water is also severed in another point but not leaking. There is a silver mainframe computer at the forward end of the chamber, and a generator leaking some kind of green goo to the aft. The sub has about a foot of irradiated water along the floor.
There are only two bunks in SSN-37-1A, suggesting a small crew. There was one surviving Chinese submariner extracted from SSN-37-1A: John Doe. He was transferred to Turtledove Detention Camp after his capture. It is noted in his interrogation report that he was "demonstrating extraordinary fortitude for a relatively low-ranking grunt". The fate of the skipper is revealed in the same report "I'm sure this one would have gone the same way as his skipper if the cyanide capsule in his molar hadn't been a dud".
- On the terminal screen, there's a Chinese idiom "Shì shàng wú nán shì, zhi pà you xin rén" (世上无难事, 只怕有心人) which briefly translate as "There's nothing impossible in the world, if you put your mind to it".
- You will need to swim through irradiated water in order to access the sub, and there is constant radiation inside the vessel. It would be wise to use a Rad-X or RadAway and, if you begin swimming from the pier, to stop on the buoy halfway.
- The vessel is adjacent to another vessel that you cannot enter. Under the adjacent vessel is a locked safe and two first aid boxes.
- This location is unmarked on your Map even with the Explorer Perk until you are told to go there during The Velvet Curtain.
- Discovering this location is not needed for the Bog Walker achievement.
- A personal footlocker (locked-Average) is below the bottom cot.
- This sub will be destroyed by the end of side quest The Velvet Curtain.
- This is one of the three submarines encountered in the series, with the other two being the Yangtze, and The Vessel.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The designation SSN (Submersible Ship, Nuclear) is used by the majority of NATO countries including the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and the United States Navy to designate nuclear powered attack (or fleet) submarines and it is highly unlikely that the Chinese would use the same designation, especially on a reconnaissance sub. However, it can be assumed that the submarine was originally American-built, and was captured by the Chinese in a certain period of the Sino-American War.
- The coordinates refer to actual points around the Chesapeake Bay (Norfolk, Virginia, USA) into which e.g. the Potomac River flows: Google Maps Overview.