Friday, May 30, 2008

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.



At 30 May, 2008 14:23, Blogger jeff said...

I love Google - from
November 11, 1966
350 miles east of Morehead City, NC
USS NAUTILUS collides with the USS ESSEX (CV 9) while running submerged during underway replenishment exercises. Both ships return to port unassisted. The submarine receives extensive damage to its sail area and goes to New London, CT. The ESSEX sustains an open hull cut in the bow area and proceeds to Norfolk, Va.

At 30 May, 2008 20:23, Blogger Vigilis said...

Good job, Jeff!

At 30 May, 2008 23:50, Blogger Newman Crowslanding Thoughts said...

Left Nlon after sub school in June of 71. Had not been back until June 2001 while touring the US. Fantasic museum. None like it.


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