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Nuclear Navy and Energy Independence Pick Up Steam in 1961

By Joshua L. Wick Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Long Beach, the world’s first nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, was commissioned Sept. 9, 1961, the same year as the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN 65).  With their nuclear-powered submarine counterparts already operating in the …

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Long Before Nuclear Power, There Was Turtle Power

By Elizabeth MurphyDirector of EducationSubmarine Force Museum and Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571)  On 17 July 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his friend and colleague George Washington, requesting “you to be so kind as to communicate to me what you can recollect of Bushnel’s experiments in submarine navigation during the …

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When the Navy Operated in the Arctic

USS Burton Island

By Rear Adm. Jonathan White Oceanographer of the Navy and Director Task Force Climate Change Sixty years ago this day, the U.S. Navy icebreaker USS Burton Island (AGB 1) and the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Northwind (WAGB 282) became the first two ships to transit the fabled Northwest Passage through the …

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The Continuing Role of Strategic Deterrence and How the United States Navy Meets the Demands

By VADM Terry Benedict, Director Strategic Systems Programs and RADM Dave Johnson, Program Executive Officer, Submarines Fifty-four years ago this week,  USS George Washington (SSBN-598) made history when it successfully launched two Polaris A1 missiles off Cape Canaveral, bringing to fruition a remarkable research and development effort composed of Navy and industry …

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