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NAME

USS. NAUTILUS (SSN.571)

CLASS

SUBMARINE

ENT/SERVICE 

JANUARY 21st 1954

BUILT

ELECTRIC BOAT COMPANY / GROTON / CONNECTICUT / AMERICA

WEIGHT

2,975 TONS

LENGTH

319 FEET

WIDTH

27 FEET

SPEED

20 KNOTS SUBMERGED - NUCLEAR POWERED STEAM TURBINES - ONE PROPELLER 

TORPEDOES

6 - 21 INCH TORPEDO TUBES


The US Navy and AEC began work on developing a nuclear reactor to power ships in 1947. Nautilus was the sixth US warship to use this name and the first ship in the world to be powered by a nuclear reactor. At the time of Nautilus entering service, the US Navy had about 200 diesel-powered submarines in service. The new nuclear power plant would have allowed Nautilus to travel twice around the world under water before having to be refueled. On her first deployment, she completed a 1,300 mile submerged voyage in the Atlantic. Nautilus departed Pearl Harbor July 23rd 1958 with 116 men on board to conduct Operation Sunshine. By August 3rd, she had completed the objective of that operation by traveling under the Arctic icepack to reach the North Pole.

Nautilus

Nautilus was put into Portsmouth Navy Yard Kittery/Maine in May 1959 to undergo her first nuclear refueling. After years of tests and the arrival of more modern nuclear powered submarines, Nautilus set out on her final voyage from Groton - Mare Island Navy Yard California in May 1979. She was decommissioned March 3rd 1980 after covering 500,000 miles in her 25 years of service. Nautilus then underwent an extensive conversion at Mare Island before being towed to the Submarine Force Museum at Groton/Connecticut. On April 11th 1986, 86 years to the day of the US Submarine Force being founded, Nautilus was opened to the public as a museum.

Below, Nautilus launch
Nautilus

Nautilus

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