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Electric Boat Marks 60th Anniversary Of Nautilus
AP ^ | June 14 2012 | Staff

Posted on 06/14/2012 4:21:27 PM PDT by moonshot925

GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ A Groton shipyard has held a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the keel-laying for USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine.

It was on June 14 in 1952 that President Harry Truman officiated at the construction milestone for the submarine at the Electric Boat shipyard.

(Excerpt) Read more at connecticut.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: nautilus; navy; nuclear; submarine


1 posted on 06/14/2012 4:21:35 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

I served on-board the USS Dace, ssn-607.


2 posted on 06/14/2012 4:43:20 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

Thanks to you for your service!


3 posted on 06/14/2012 4:57:45 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

thank you, btw, do you know we were dubbed Rickover’s “ni**ers”


4 posted on 06/14/2012 5:02:12 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

I had no idea. That doesn’t sound good.


5 posted on 06/14/2012 5:11:03 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: brivette

There is an Submarine Force Museum in Groton and you can go aboard the Nautilus. Well worth the trip.


6 posted on 06/14/2012 5:13:21 PM PDT by evaporation-plus
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To: moonshot925; mylife; submarinerswife

*one ping only*


7 posted on 06/14/2012 5:17:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: brivette

I was an Electronics Technician on USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) from 1984 to 1988.

Our boat carried 16 Trident C4 SLBMs with 8 W76 warheads each.

We carried more firepower than has ever been released in the history of war.


8 posted on 06/14/2012 5:19:51 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

Thanks for the memories. I spent a couple of years at Groton Electric Boat doing precom for the USS Boston (SSN-703), now razorblades. The sail is in Buffalo, NY.

It was so neat watching the rings being welded together while the turbines and reactor and such were added. Awesome to see. The shipyard workers cared and there were a lot of them and they were so dedicated.

I can only imagine what it was like when the Nautilus was built. The program was just getting started. I saw Rickover getting on the Dallas on his last sea trials. Awesome memories.


9 posted on 06/14/2012 5:49:48 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: brivette
when? one of my best friends was on the Dace around 72-75 Gary Rapalee
10 posted on 06/14/2012 6:27:40 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: moonshot925
16 Trident C4 SLBMs with 8 W76 warheads each.

Cowabunga !!

11 posted on 06/14/2012 6:31:28 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Liberty Valance

Ive been on the Nautilus as a floating museum.


12 posted on 06/14/2012 10:02:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chode

that’s around the time I served.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 3:15:44 AM PDT by brivette
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To: evaporation-plus

been there, done that, got the tee shirt.


14 posted on 06/15/2012 1:31:39 PM PDT by brivette
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To: mylife

do you know the history of the Nautilus? It started out as a diesel boat but was converted to nuclear by Rickover.


15 posted on 06/15/2012 1:34:46 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette
Check this out
16 posted on 06/15/2012 2:18:45 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: brivette
Check this out
17 posted on 06/15/2012 2:19:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

awesome.


18 posted on 06/15/2012 2:27:16 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

I just stumbled on that looking for a picture of Seadragon SSN 584


19 posted on 06/15/2012 2:43:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I was a navy nuke, and to be honest, hated it. Although they say it builds character.


20 posted on 06/15/2012 2:53:36 PM PDT by brivette
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To: moonshot925

BTW, I saw them launch the USS OHIO at that shipyard.

I had no idea that it had been converted from SSBN to SSGN. Cool!

http://navysite.de/ssbn/ssbn726.htm

I worked on 2 slow attack conversions, USS George Washington and USS John Marshall


21 posted on 06/15/2012 2:56:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: brivette

I was a a CTM rider.
I remember It fondly but it was hard work, 16 hour shifts and a lot of sacrifice.

What I liked was the responsibility and trust that people gave you.
I also liked the no nonsense atmosphere.


22 posted on 06/15/2012 3:00:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: brivette

I installed and maintained whiz bang Spook gear for spec ops.
Every mission was a spec op.


23 posted on 06/15/2012 3:03:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: brivette

I meant to send that privately.
Now I’ll have to kill myself LOL


24 posted on 06/15/2012 3:07:45 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

your secrets safe with us..


25 posted on 06/15/2012 3:08:56 PM PDT by brivette
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To: brivette

LOL

I hardly think it matters since all those boats are razor blades now.


26 posted on 06/15/2012 3:19:08 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

true. thank goodness you’ve maintained your sense of humour.


27 posted on 06/15/2012 3:33:46 PM PDT by brivette
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To: mylife

Yes. The first 4 Ohio class SSBNs(Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Michigan) were converted to SSGNs. Each missile tube has a 7 cell VLS. Each boat can carry a total of 154 Tomahawks.

What was done with the missile tubes on George Washington and John Marshall? I heard they were filled with concrete.


28 posted on 06/15/2012 4:08:23 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

The hull was cut and shortened, then the remaining tubes were filled with concrete


29 posted on 06/15/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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