Over the past 20 years I have heard stories of a huge U.S. Navy submarine base under the desert in Hawthorne Nevada.
During that time I have driven from Las Vegas to Reno many times and was always intrigued at the guard gate and sign just before entering the town of
Hawthorne. (Hawthorne is about 5 hours drive from Las Vegas and about two and a half hours drive from Reno.)
It used to read ‘Naval Undersea Warfare Training Center’. Today it reads ‘Naval Undersea Warfare Center’. They must have made the change in
the past year or so. Maybe longer.
Hawthorne Nevada is a U.S. Army Depot where ammunition is made, tested and stored. Endless rows of ammunition bunkers dot both sides of the road.
Just to the north of Hawthorne is Walker Lake. The East Walker river drains into it and over the past 20 years has become shallower and shallower. The
lake is about 18 miles long and about 8 miles wide the longer axis running north and south.
It can’t be very deep. I am not good at judging lake depths, maybe 100 feet? 150 feet? Certainly wouldn’t seem deep enough for a Ohio, Virginia,
Seawolf, Los Angeles. Maybe that little nuclear powered Fast Attack Sub. But I know nothing about submarines.
And the lake itself certainly wouldn’t be big enough or deep enough to train for Undersea Warfare. Or so it would seem.
There are stories that California and Nevada sit on a shelf underneath which lies an eastern portion of the Pacific Ocean. Maybe the Pacific Ocean
extends under that shelf to Hawthorne Nevada (and even further?).
Maybe there is some kind of access from the surface of the desert within the area occupied by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. And maybe if you go
deep enough there is a huge part of the Pacific Ocean in which the Navy conducts Undersea Warfare training.
Impossible? Improbable? So it would seem.
But let’s assume that it might be true. There would have to be a route from the Pacific Ocean to Hawthorne. If we take a set of dividers and place
one end at Hawthorne Nevada and place the other end at the closest portion of the Pacific Ocean we would find that it is in Monterey Bay, just south
of San Francisco. Just north of Fort Ord.
The distance is roughly about 212 statute miles.
Now let’s also assume that there is traffic both to and from Monterey Bay and Hawthorne Nevada. We would probably have to have to separate channels,
one for each direction of travel. If it’s a sea how can we separate these channels? I don’t know.
Below is a chart on which I have drawn two lines representing these channels between Monterey Bay and Hawthorne. If a submarine where to make 33 knots
the trip would take about five and a half hours.
Here is a link to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Keyport Washington.
Here are a couple of excerpts from that site.
Our main facility is located at Keyport, Washington, in the Puget Sound region near the major components of the Fleet we support. We have
Detachments located near our Pacific Fleet customers in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and San Diego, California. Fleet testing and logistics sites are located
at Nanoose, British Columbia, and Hawthorne, Nevada.
Although NUTEC provides test and evaluation services wherever needed, the test center is focused at NUWC Division Keyport, Washington, building
upon a foundation of over 90 years of undersea vehicle expertise. Here, in the protected waters of Washington’s Puget Sound, near Seattle, NUTEC
offers extensive range instrumentation and support services at test sites at Keyport and in Dabob Bay and the adjoining waters in Hood Canal. NUTEC
also provides a variety of portable test systems and distance support capabilities to facilitate unmanned vehicle testing at other Navy range
facilities and at sites of operational interest world-wide.
Here is an excerpt from the Branton files:
The Underground Empire
( Branton -- File No. 008 )
In March of 1980, John J. Williams, a New Mexico "Patriot" who published the anti-Communist oriented "REBEL MAGAZINE" (at the time available from:
Consumertronics Co., c/o John J. Williams. Pres., 2011 Crescent Dr., P.O. Drawer 537., Alamogardo, NM 88310) revealed some incredible details on an
alleged subterranean system which the Navy had been exploring below the western United States. The report appeared in issue No. 6 of his magazine, and
was later reproduced in the Fall, 1985 (#164) issue of SEARCH Magazine, at the time edited by Marjorie Palmer, widow of the late Ray Palmer.
The article, titled 'CALIFORNIA FLOATS ON OCEAN?', revealed the following:
"Some time ago, I heard a man on a TV interview-show briefly mention that parts of California and neighboring states are floating on the Pacific
Ocean! He was a high ranking Naval officer on a top- secret nuclear submarine that has been (and is) exploring and mapping these enormous caverns and
passage-ways underneath the West for over 10 years now.
"A friend of mine finally tracked the man down. He is now living quietly in retirement and asked that no details pointing to him be revealed as he
does not want publicity and government attention. After writing this article, I destroyed my files on him. This is his story..."
Williams explains that not "all" of the areas in question are actually "resting" or "floating" on the ocean, however there are allegedly many
subterranean cavities below the western U.S., and they are not limited to California, and many of them consist of very large water-filled
aqua-systems. These have been explored via nuclear submarines to several hundred miles inland, particularly in the region of southern California and
the southern Oregon - northern California area. Williams continues:
"...When he retired several years ago, in spite of about 10 years of intensive Naval study, the Navy had not gotten even a handle on their exacts and
dimensions. Today, the story may be different.
"He makes the following statements from his observations:
"1. The passageways are labyrinthine with widths from a few to thousands of feet (caverns), averaging roughly about a 100 feet.
"2. Much like dry caverns do, heights and depths vary a great deal and in some cases, two or more caverns or passageways pass over or under each
other at different depths.
"3. Most of the entrances lie just off the Continental Shelf (ie. in the Continental Slope - Branton).
"4. Most of the entrances are too small for submarine investigation; and many that are large enough lie in waters that are too deep.
"5. Some of the caverns (in S. California) are topped with oil while some others are filled with gases believed to approximate our atmosphere (in
very ancient times).
"6. The San Joaquin Valley is essentially a portion of the original cavernous area that collapsed eons ago due to it's sheer weight.
"7. What is being passed off as the 'San Andreas Fault' are large, unsupported chambers that are in the process of collapsing. When the BIG ONE
finally hits, many scientists in the know believe that most of California will break off like a cold Hershey bar and slide into the ocean! (it is
postulated by some that an ancient land-mass which some believe may have been connected to what is now California, broke off and sunk into the ocean
during an ancient cataclysm - Branton)
"8. (We are deleting this section due to the possibility of undue stress and fear which may result from it's disclosure. Also, because of recent
international events which may have resulted in a solution to this problem. We will merely state that it involves a scenario similar to that which was
portrayed in a James Bond movie, and which concerned underground caverns, silicon valley, nuclear weapons, and the San Andreas fault - Branton).
"9. A WELL-KNOWN U.S. nuclear submarine lost its way in these passages and disappeared forever. It was reported to have been lost IN OPEN SEA
ELSEWHERE to keep the American people in total ignorance and to justify an enormous pay-off to an eccentric U.S. billionaire (who died in recent
years) for providing the fictitious "recovery" effort. "I have no reason to doubt the man. I can't tell for sure whether or not these caverns and
passageways exist or to their extents. The story does sound a bit fantastic but I have no reason to doubt the man. I have seen copies of documentation
that at least prove that he was a high ranking Naval officer (nuclear submarine duty) and a distinguished scientist. In fact, his scientific
background and reputation are impeccable. He definitely cannot be labeled as a crackpot, lunatic or publicity-seeker. I would very much like more
information on this topic..."
After further inquiries to Mr. Williams on the part of 'inner earth' researchers, Williams responded with the following when asked whether or not he
had received any replies to his request for more information about the alleged passageways below California: "Since publishing our article on the
vast cavern network under much of California, we have received many responses and inquiries. Some of these responses appear to be knowledgeable
sources. Note that the material sent to us for this article was written by someone of very high repute whose credentials I personally checked out.
Due to an agreement with him, I cannot reveal his identity. "One response was from a retired (conventional submarine duty? - Branton) submarine
commander, who according to him, spent many years in the waters off California. He stated that the caverns do NOT exist. "Another response was from
an anonymous person who cited unpublished oil company seismographical data, and stated, 'Although most of the caverns you depict in your drawing are
smaller, larger or located somewhat differently than the actual caverns, you are essentially correct... My information is more up-to-date than what
you apparently relied upon.' He (or she) did not supply any maps to pin down our differences, just some written descriptions. However, some
knowledgeable person could probably deduce his (or her) overall 'map' from the voluminous seismographical data sent. I am in the process of looking
for this input; it's been several years now and it may have all been thrown out... Incidentally, the oil company seismic data had much data round the
Fresno area if that helps any. "One incident which tends to confirm the fact that California is in fact floating on the ocean was a story which made
the headlines in recent years.
This incident involved an oil discovery beneath Long Beach, California. When oil companies began pumping oil out of the ground beneath Long Beach it
was soon learned that the entire city BEGAN SINKING INTO THE OCEAN! "It sank up to 26 feet and dikes had to be built to keep out the water. The
problem is (temporarily) being rectified by 'water injection'--i.e. pumping an equivalent amount of WATER into the ground to the amount of oil and
water taken out, in order to keep the city AFLOAT!"
One thing which may be of interest in connection with Mr. Williams' account was a statement which was made by a prominent California Bigfoot
investigator by the name of Virginia Louise Swanson, who has done a good deal of study on caves and their connections to the Bigfoot phenomena. She
refers to these caverns in the following words: "...Somewhere I got the idea that a big portion of Death Valley is located on a shelf of FALSE
bedrock. A certain type of earthquake would collapse all of it down to an enormous series of caverns that would open up into another Grand Canyon."
According to our knowledge, the only nuclear submarines ever to disappear under mysterious circumstances were the U.S.S THRESHER and the U.S.S.
SCORPION. It is uncertain whether the retired
Navy Officer who John J. Williams spoke of was referring to the THRESHER or the SCORPION, although the disappearance of the Thresher probably caused
more publicity. The Thresher was the LEAD SHIP or 'Flag' ship in the world's most advanced class of nuclear attack submarines. She was designed to
operate deeper and more silently than any of her predecessors and was also endowed with significant advances in sonar equipment, in noise reduction,
and in fire-control. All in all, she was the most advanced international submarine in the world at the time of her disappearance and would have been
an ideal choice for a top- secret mission such as the exploration of the caverns mentioned by John Williams' source.
On April 10, 1963 (according to official reports) the Thresher, under the command of Lt. Commander John W. Harvey, USN, with a total of 129 men
(comprised of the crew, civilian technicians, and observers) disappeared without explanation. NOT A SINGLE TRACE or clue as to the fate of the craft,
or it's occupants, were ever recovered: no oil slicks, radiation, floating debris, or similar signs of wreckage were ever seen. It is interesting to
note that almost all of the reports at the time stated the ship had "disappeared," or was "lost," not "sunk!" One woman whose husband was on the
ill-fated ship reported her belief that her husband was still alive. Theologically speaking, the possibility of a long-distance connection or
"communion" on a deep, emotional level between a husband and a wife should not necessarily be consigned to the realm of the occult or "psychic"
phenomena. Many religions believe that the very spiritual natures of a husband and a wife are united upon the consummation of a marriage, and thus
they become, as Christian teachings say, "one flesh".
The actual words of this woman, who was interviewed by Will Carson and Jeannie Joy--two writers devoted to pursuing strange events--shortly after the
Thresher incident, were as follows: "My husband was on the submarine Thresher when it disappeared. I don't consider myself a widow. I don't believe
my husband is dead. No, it's not a matter of just not being able to believe it, to accept reality; I just can't get over the conviction that he's
still alive somewhere. I love my husband very much. I know he loved--loves me. We were very close. We could always tell when something was wrong with
each other. Intuition, I guess. I should have felt something the instant there was trouble, if he was really in serious trouble and knew it--a matter
of life and death--but I didn't." "What do you believe really happened?" Carson and Joy asked the attractive young woman.
"Most people think I'm crazy when I say this, but I believe the Thresher was captured." "By whom?" "I can't say for sure, but there WAS a
Russian submarine spotted near there that day (that is, near where it REPORTEDLY vanished 220 miles off Boston harbor)--only I can't imagine how even
the Russians could CAPTURE a vessel like the Thresher without leaving the slightest evidence!"
The following account, concerning an area just east of BISHOP (OWENS VALLEY), CALIFORNIA, was related by Val Valerian in his 'LEADING EDGE'
Newsletter, Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990 issue. The article, titled: 'DEEP SPRING'S, CALIFORNIA', stated: "Deep Springs, California is an area that is
becoming known as the site for very strange events. According to the information released both on the air on KVEG-AM and from other sources, the area
is full of strange people wandering around in black suits. There have also been rumors that there is an underground facility in the area. Checking
with gravity anomaly maps proved that there are large cavities under the ground in that area. The wildest claims relative to the area have stated that
alien lifeforms are being released there... Deep Springs Lake has been probed and it appears bottomless. Divers have traveled along an underground
river 27 miles toward the Las Vegas area before having to turn around." (This 'river' would probably have been a 'partially' water-filled cave
with a large stream or river flowing through it, rather than an entirely underwater passage, since 27 miles would undoubtedly be entirely out of the
question if it were all underwater travel, with present diving technology - Branton).
Last Tuesday I drove from Reno to Las Vegas after attending the Bay Area UFO Expo. As I drove through Hawthorne I came upon the entrance to the Naval
Undersea Warfare Center which is on the north side of the road I pulled over to the right and took out my camera to get a picture of the sign. As I
rolled down the window and lifted my camera I heard a bunch of shouting and guards waving their arms from the guard shack.
I pulled across the road to the entrance just short of the shack a lady in Army uniform came over and told me I couldn’t take pictures. I mentioned
to her that I was just going to take a picture of the sign which was less than ten feet from the highway. She told me I couldn’t take pictures
anywhere around there.
I asked her if I could sign up for a tour. She responded vehemently in the negative. She then advised me that she should call the Military Police to
confiscate my camera. I told her that I hadn’t had time to take a picture and that I was just happened to be leaving at that moment. She waved me to
turn around and jotted down my car license number. I was going to ask her if there were any submarines parked underground but she was Army and I
figured she probably wouldn’t have known.
So. What do you think? Is there a vast underground sea under California and Nevada with tributary rivers running in various directions? Maybe one that
goes to Las Vegas?
Is there a possibility that the Navy does operate submarines from Monterey Bay via an underground sea which extends underneath the San Joaquin Valley,
then under the Sierra Nevada mountain range to a Naval Undersea Warfare Center deep below the Nevada desert in Hawthorne Nevada?
Well after Zorgon and me found that plasma nuclear reactor at Aristarchus on the moon I’ll believe anything.