Monday, October 5, 2015

Fact of the Day: Nautilus

The USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear submarine. It gave the United States a great naval advantage over any nation in the world. As nuclear power basically gave it better speed, longer endurance, it could submerge for longer periods of time, and a few other advantages over typical diesel-run submarines which were standard in most navies at the time. 

14 comments:

The Happy Whisk said...

Neato.

Huggybear said...

Yes - that is so with endurance but in naval exercises with Allied navies, the diesel operated submarines have quite often penetrated this protection by US nuclear submarines and with "dummy" torpedoes sunk the "so-called naval war games" escorting destroyers of the aircraft carriers and then sunk the aircraft carrier.
I think nuclear powered submarines are only in fleets of the major World players.
I believe India might the new member of this club.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Cloudia said...

She was a HUGE deal when I was a little kid, Adam. I seem to recall a trip under the North Pole during which the crew surfaced and played baseball, running the bases 'around the world'





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Cloudia said...

I stand corrected-

"World's First Baseball Game at The North Pole"

By CAPT Alfred S. McLaren, USN (Ret.), USNA '55 - 13th Company

On the 25th of August 1960, the nuclear attack submarine, USS Seadragon (SSN-584


http://www.usna.com/NC/History/SeaStories/1955/ArcticOcean.htm

Emmylou said...

I always like reading these facts, Adam. You learn new things everyday:)

Martha said...

Pretty cool

Pat Hatt said...

Gotta love that nuclear power

Holy Ghost Writer said...

It changed a lot and was a huge deal

A Beer for the Shower said...

Or, to rednecks, the world's first nuke-u-ler sub.

Christine said...

Wow although nuclear makes me nervous.

Al Penwasser said...

Oh, the tales I could tell you of diesel submarines!
But, I'm thinking I'd better not.

stephen Hayes said...

It was a remarkable achievement.

Caro * said...

Very interesting post. Submarines are fascinating !

bj said...

I would dearly HATE to ride in a submarine....tight places, ya know. :)