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|79k||X-1 at Oyster Bay, Long Island, 15 September 1955.||USN photo taken from Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships & submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|537k||EM1 J.A. Roberts, USN, prepares to hoist colors on X-1 as she was placed in service 7 October 1955.||Photo # 80-G-683340 & 683342 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|525k||Crew of X-1, 7 October 1955, at New London, Groton, Connecticut.||Photo # 80-G-683343 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|167k||Midget submarine X-1, cruising on surface, October 1955.||Photographer: Grey Villet, courtesy of life.time.|
|177k||Midget submarine X-1, cruising on surface, October 1955.||Photographer: Grey Villet, courtesy of life.time.|
|624k||X-1 underway during her sea trials.||USN photo submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|1.47k||X-1, commanded by Lieutenant Kevin Hanlon, USN, undergoes test. In addition to the officer-in-charge, the X-1 has an enlisted crew of four men. The craft is based at U.S. Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut. The X-1, the Navy's first midget submarine, was built to assist in testing the harbor defense installations of our coastal ports. The 25-ton, 50-foot submersible craft was recently completed by the Engine Division of the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation, Farmingdale, New York. She was launched at Oyster Bay, September 7, 1955, being the first naval vessel of any kind designed and constructed by a U.S. Aircraft Manufacturer. The X-1 was "in service" rather than in commission. Photograph released 14 November 1955.||Photo # USN 682142 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|132k||X-1 being lifted by crane into the water.||USN photo taken from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar & submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|451k||The X-1 on 6 October 1955.||USNHC photo # 81525 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|NR||BLAST RIPS MIDGET SUB
An explosion last night damaged about 5 feet of the bow of the Navy’s experimental midget submarine X-1 (shown here in a 1955 photo) while it was tied up at the naval shipyard at Portsmouth, N. H. No one was hurt.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 21 May 1957, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|88k||Admiral Kinnaird Rowe McKee was born in Louisville, Kentucky on 14 August 1929 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1951. He served in the Pacific fleet destroyer Marshall (DD-676) during the Korean War and in eight submarines of the Atlantic fleet since that time. After completion of submarine training in 1953, he served in three diesel-powered submarines: Picuda (SS-382), Sea Cat (SS-399), and Marlin (SST-2). In 1956, Admiral McKee was ordered to command of X-1, a small experimental submarine. He graduated from nuclear power training in 1958 and joined the commissioning crew of Skipjack (SSN-585), the Navy's first high performance nuclear-powered attack submarine. Assignment as Executive Officer of Nautilus (SSN-571) followed in 1961, then of the Sam Houston (SSBN-609) in late 1962. After three deterrent patrols on the Sam Houston, he served in the Naval Reactors Division of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1964 to 1966. Admiral McKee served as Commanding Officer of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Dace (SSN-607) from 1966 through 1969. The ship was twice awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and three times the Battle Efficiency Pennant for operations during that period.||Text & USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|107k||X-1 undergoing work at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1960. Note the small "conning tower" and the spray shield for the forward hatch.||USN photo taken from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar & submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|42k||A crew member of the X-1 stands in the open cockpit, most likely when the boat went to study scientific interaction of water, light, atmosphere, and waves above and below the surface of the water in 1962.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.|
|362k||The X-1 at rest.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|431k||The X-1.||USNHC photo # 81624 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
|42k||X-1 underway, date and location unknown.||USN photo courtesy of ussnautilus.org.|
|571k||X-1 undergoing maintenance at Naval Ship Research and Development Centre, Annapolis, Maryland, 1969.||USN photo submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|22k||Stern view of X-1 taken 6 July 1977 at Annapolis, Maryland.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|758k||Broadside & port bow view of the experimental mini-sub X-1 at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut in September, 2011.||Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-DIG-highsm-19200 courtesy of Mike Green.
Insert photo via Robert Hurst.
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