Shows the launch and initial operations of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus SSN-571. President Harry S. Truman attends the launch ceremony. Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine fleet, is also visible. Also featured is footage of the launch of USS Seawolf SSN-575 at the General Dynamics shipyard. This submarine used a sodium cooled reactor, which was not a successful design. When the Seawolf's reactor was disposed of off the Atlantic Coast, it became the single most radioactive item ever dumped into the ocean
USS Nautilus General Dynamics - Part 2
Shows the 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Produced by Sperry Autonetics, whose top secret inertial guidance system allowed Nautilus to make the voyage.
USS Nautilus: Operation Sunshine - Part 2
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