Editors Deservedly Zinged in Latest Submarine Error
In a main passageway of the SSN-575 boat was a brushed aluminum placard listing all of her commanding officers from earliest to latest. I served (sometimes briefly) under four of these COs and met the boat's commissioning C.O. at a ship's reunion afterward.
He rises quickly in the Navy, becoming senior officer of a nuclear submarine. ... After six years in the service, Lieutenant Carter earned one of the most coveted posts in the Navy: senior officer of the USS Seawolf, on the vanguard of America's nuclear defense program. PBS American Experience - The Presidents - JIMMY CARTER - NAVAL CAREER .
Detached from Pomfret on 1 February 1951, Carter was assigned as Engineering Officer for the precommissioning detail for USS K-1 (SSK 1). K-1,the first postwar submarine built, was under construction by Electric BoatDivision, General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut. After K-1'scommissioning on 10 November 1951, Carter served as Executive Officer,Engineering Officer, and Electronics Repair Officer. During this tour he also qualified for command of a submarine. ... Carter was preparing to become the engineering officer for the nuclear power plant to be placed in USS Seawolf (SSN575), one of the first submarines to operate on atomic power. He assisted insetting up training for the enlisted men who would serve on Seawolf. ... After his father's death in 1953, Carter resigned from the Navy to return to Georgia to manage the family interests. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER; Lieutenant James EarleCarter, Jr., USN.
Actually, it is technically wrong to say Carter never commanded a nuclear submarine. As C-in-C he commanded all of our subs.