First gay underwater submarine deterrent

Last updated: October 24, 2017 at 18:57 pm

The Singing Sailor Underwater Defense System was installed off Stockholm, Sweden, in April 2015. The Singing Sailor is a subsurface sonar system that broadcasts a message in Morse code: “This way if you are gay.” For any Russian submarines passing close by, The Singing Sailor also features the message “Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944.” (the year Sweden legalized homosexuality) as an animated neon sign. The system is meant to call out the Russian government for the treatment of Russian LGBT people and to protest alleged Russian violations of Swedish territory.

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society

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