Weekly Submarine Mystery - One Question
Obviously, the once awesome vessel, now decommissioned and displayed at the world's finest submarine museum was USS Nautilus (SSN-571). She was the first submarine ever to log out 'Underway on nuclear power' . After you visit the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum you get a chance to comment in the visitors' log. The museum made me as proud to have been a part of such a formidable team as I can ever recall. If you ever have a chance to visit, take it.
My first submarine orders out of sub school were cut to USS Nautilus, but she was delayed without further explanation (2nd photo had actually been taken years earlier).
The submarine service promptly gave me a choice between another two boats. The newer sub I selected would return to NLON in just a few days following a period of unscheduled shipyard maintenance. Later, I would learn that her emergency repairs had resulted from a serious grounding incident off the coast of Maine, months earlier.
When reporting aboard the sub, I noted a rubber stamp on the yeoman's desk. It simply said 'Underway on nuclear power' (more on that later).
This Week's Mystery question:
What explanation is given for the USS Nautilus's sail damage? Answer Monday.
Submarines are always silent and strange.
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