Herculean Effort Got Nautilus Underway on Nuclear Power

Winkler, David F.
September 2004
Sea Power;Sep2004, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p47
This article focuses on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus. On January 21, 1954, at the shipyard of the Electric Boat Co. at Groton, Connecticut, the USS Nautilus was launched. This marked the culmination of a vision that began in 1939 with Ross Gunn at the Naval Research Laboratory, who suggested that nuclear power would enormously increase the range and military effectiveness of a submarine. After 10 years of research into reactor development, a Submarine Officers Conference held in March 1949 endorsed the concept of building a nuclear propulsion system for installation in a submarine in January 1955.


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