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"On This Day in American History"

On September 30, 1954, the world’s first nuclear submarine is commissioned by the U.S. Navy. The USS Nautilus was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Capt. Hyman Rickover, a Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946.

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kabuldur
Oct. 2nd, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
We had to read Nautilus 90 North for school - year 10, I think - how it went under the ice and over the north pole and how scary that was because they could not depend on the magnetic compass. Quite a few years after it was built, haha :)

Edited at 2016-10-02 12:16 pm (UTC)
tyler306
Oct. 2nd, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
Nautilus's keel was laid at General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut by Harry S. Truman on 14 June 1952. She was christened on 21 January 1954 and launched into the Thames River, sponsored by Mamie Eisenhower. Nautilus was commissioned on 30 September 1954, under the command of Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN.
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