Fair enough! Love for subs is all that counts 😀
I’m not qual’d on boomer terminology (esp, French boomers at that), but at least in my day, we didn’t call those silos. Silos are for corn 😀 They’re “tubes”, but I’m more than happy to follow suit if this is French terminology. Those caps under Muzzle Hatch are “closures”. They keep the missile dry until the launch sequence creates the gas tunnel the missile ejects through just before ignition. Ignition is obviously done on the surface (as not to blow out the tube). And moments after the tunnel collapses, which creates a water barrier that insulates the boat from the rocket thrust and also fills the tube some to maintain ballast. When done right, the water used matches the weight of the missing ordnance. It’s pretty impressive.
I’ve heard some guys call the muzzle hatches a “lid” but they weren’t qualified boomer-folk, so a grain of salt with that one… …actually, with everything I’m saying since I wasn’t a boomer myself. We hunted boomers which put me in the hunter/killer spec of sub service.
Connecticut is a beautiful state and my favorite in that part of the country. My son attended St. Thomas More in Oakdale and I lived at the sub base in Groton when serving. My wife would always comment how odd it was that CT could be so close to where we lived in MA and be so much nicer (which she referred to as a swamp 🙂