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|791k||(Original Caption) 7/12/1952- Washington, DC: Captain Hyman G. Rickover, director of the Nuclear Power Division of the Navy's Bureau of Ships, explains the operation of an engine on a model of the first atomic-powered submarine. Briefly: heat is created in the nuclear reactor by the fission of uranium. This heat is transferred to a steam generator which provides the steam to drive a turbine, from which, in turn, the power is transmitted to drive the propellers.||Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|105k||Submarine History Profiles: |
First true submarine: Holland (SS-01) in 1900.
First U.S. Diesel submarine: E-1 (SS-24) in 1911.
First Fleet boat: V-1 (SS-163) in 1922.
First GUPPY: Odax (SS-484) in 1947.
First nuclear powered submarine:Nautilus (SSN-571) in 1954.
First submarine to completely circumnavigate the earth submerged: Triton (SSRN-586) in 1959.
Latest generation of U.S. ballistic submarines: Ohio (SSBN-726), in 1980.
|USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston
|256k||Builders plaque of the Nautilus (SSN-571).||Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.|
|1.10k||Artist's conception of the Nautilus (SSN-571).||Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.|
|188k||Aerial view of Electric Boat Co's yard, which will build the hull of the Navy's new atomic submarine, September 1951.||Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White, courtesy of life.time.com|
|289k||President Harry S. Truman watches as his initials, H.S.T., are welded onto the keel of Nautilus (SSN-571) on 14 June 1952, at Electric Boat in Groton.||Electric Boat photo courtesy of theday.com via Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|280k||President Harry S. Truman (center) at the keel laying ceremony for the Nautilus (SSN-571), the first atomic powered submarine.||Photo # 77-1843 courtesy of trumanlibrary.org.|
|240k||View of the crowd at the keel-laying ceremonies for the first atomic powered submarine, the Nautilus (SSN-571). President Harry S. Truman (not in picture) attended the event.||Photo # 77-1846 courtesy of trumanlibrary.org.|
|93k||President Harry S. Truman authenticates the keel of the Nautilus (SSN-571) at her keel laying at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn. on 14 June 1952.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|4.59k||Fifteen page PDF Keel Laying Presentation Book of the Nautilus (SSN-571).||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|82k||Commemorative post mark honoring the keel laying of the Nautilus (SSN-571).||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|1.04k||Captain Rickover, USN, Receives Award. Secretary of the Navy Dan A. Kimball, (right), inspects a model of the Navy's atomic submarine, the Nautilus (SSN-571) after presenting Captain Hyman George Rickover, USN, (left), the Gold Star in Lieu of the Second Legion of Merit Award at ceremonies in his office at the Pentagon. The award citation, in part, follows: "For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the government of the United States as Chief of the Naval Reactors Branch, Division of Reactor Development, United States Atomic Energy Commission, and as Director of the Nuclear Power Division of the Navy, Bureau of Ships, from March 1949 to July 1952. Displaying exceptional talents in the field of mobile power reactor and exercising unceasing drive and energy, Captain Rickover, more than any other individual, is responsible for the rapid development of the nuclear ship program… His efforts have led to the laying of the keel of the world's first nuclear powered ship well in advance of its original schedule."
Photograph released 7 July 1952.
|Photo # USN 706636, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|970k||(Original Caption) This is a photo of the construction of the first atomic submarine at Groton, Connecticut.||Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|797k||The world's first nuclear-powered submarine nears completion at a General Dynamics Corporation shipyard. Powered by a uranium reactor, the Nautilus (SSN-571) will be capable of circumnavigating the globe without refueling.||Photo by Hulton-Deutsch/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|290k||Nautilus (SSN-571) - Nuclear rector core.||Photo courtesy of the Idaho National Laboratory via Robert Hurst.|
|286k||Nautilus (SSN-571), cutaway sketch of the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus. The chart shows major sections of the craft. Launching will take place at Groton, Connecticut, 21 January 1954. Construction had been underway for over a year at the site.||Photo # 80-G-109094 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|192k||A view of the construction site on the Thomas River where the atomic submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) is being cleared by the Navy censor, 1953.||Photographer: Hank Walker, courtesy of life.time.com|
|219k||A view of the construction site on the Thomas River where the atomic submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) is being cleared by the Navy censor, 1953.||Photographer:Hank Walker, courtesy of life.time.com|
|225k||Workmen putting the finishing touches on the Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division shipyard in Groton, Ct.||Photo courtesy of life.time.com|
|102k||Oil on canvas, entitled "Birth of the Nuclear Navy", featuring the Nautilus (SSN-571). Gift of Former First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower.||USN photo.|
|NR||FIRST PICTURE OF ATOMIC ENGINE
—The first atomic submarine engine, built into a land-based submarine hull, was generating power when this overhead view was made at the National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho. The engine section is immersed in a sea tank about 50 feet in diameter and almost 40 feet high to simulate actual operating conditions.
| Westinghouse Photo.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 20 January 1954, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|314k||Nautilus (SSN-571) launching on 21 January 1954, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. Submarine sponsor Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, on board the Presidential Train arrives at the ceremonies.||Photo # 80-G-633326 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|340k||Nautilus (SSN-571) launching at Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut. Mr. John Jay Hopkins, President of General Dynamics Corporation giving the welcoming address to the crowd.||Photo # 80-G-633327 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|506k||Nautilus (SSN-571), launching, 21 January 1954, at Groton, Connecticut. Front row (left to right): Commander Edward L. Beach, Naval Aide to the President, Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover, Mrs. Robert B. Anderson, Secretary of the Navy Robert B. Anderson, Mrs. John S. Doud, Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Mr. John Jay Hopkins (R), Admiral Wilson D. Leggett, Rear Admiral Lewis L. Strauss (Retired), Rear Admiral Edward B. Harp, Chief of Chaplains, Admiral Robert B. Carney, Chief of National Operations, and Mrs. Robert B. Carney.||Photo # 80-G-633173 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|614k||Commissioning PDF Program of the Nautilus (SSN-571) on 30 September 1954.||PDF courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|109k||Got a light?
Nautilus (SSN-571) match box cover featuring nuclear cancer sticks, 30 September 1954.
|Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|109k||One if by land, two if by sea. First day commissioning cover for the Nautilus (SSN-571), 30 September 1954.||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|850k||Seven page PDF Launching Program for the Nautilus (SSN-571), 21 January 1954.||PDF courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|109k||Twin billing: Nautilus (SSN-571) ready for launch & Seawolf (SSN-575) under construction on 21 January 1954.||Photo courtesy of vendio.com via Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|88k||Vice Admiral Eugene P. Wilkinson, born in August 1918 in Long Beach, California, graduated from San Diego State College in 1938 and was commissioned in December 1940. He served aboard the submarine Darter (SS-227) during World War II. Wilkinson was awarded the Silver Star for his service aboard the Darter. Prior to commanding Nautilus (SSN-571), he commanded the submarines Volador (SS-490), Sea Robin (SS-407), and Wahoo (SS-565).
In August 1954, then a Commander, became the first commanding officer of the Nautilus. During his three-year tour, he presided over pre-commissioning and post-commissioning trials of the submarine. These critical trials established the capabilities of the nuclear-powered submarine and were used in the development of early nuclear-powered submarine tactics. Nautilus successfully attacked surface ships without being detected and evaded most pursuers.
Following his tour aboard Nautilus, he commanded the Navy's first nuclear-powered surface ship, Long Beach (CGN-9) and served as Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet from 1969 to 1972.
|USN photo courtesy of navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|NR||NAVY’S FIRST SUBMARINE AND CREW|
Lt. Richard O. Williams, second from right, now 75, is one of two surviving members of the crew of this craft, the Holland (SS-01), the Navy’s first motor-driven undersea ship, launched in 1900. He says the atom-powered sub Nautilus (SSN-571), to be launched at Groton, Conn., next week, is safer than the Holland. Top-hatted gentleman at left is described as an unidentified Congressman who inspected the vessel. The picture was taken in 1902 in Annapolis.
|Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 17 January 1954, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|480k||Nautilus (SSN-571) at Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, 21 January 1954. Crowd is shown at the launching.||Photos # 80-G-633333 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|671k||Nautilus (SSN-571) is decked out in her ceremonial bunting on the ways, awaiting the arrival of the Ship's Sponsor. The Seawolf (SSN-575) is under construction on the next way.||Photo courtesy of navy.mil.|
|106k||The First Lady Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Ship's Sponsor arriving at the Christening Ceremony accompanied by John Jay Hopkins, Chairman & President of General Dynamics Corporation. (The side boys are crewmen of the Nautilus (SSN-571).||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|336k||Nautilus (SSN-571), launching of the first nuclear submarine at Groton, Connecticut. Shown left to right are: Mrs. Eugene P. Wilkinson, wife of the Prospective Commanding Officer of the ship, Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, ship sponsor, and Mr. John Jay Hopkins, President of General Dynamics Corporation.||Photo # 80-G-633171 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|100k||From right to left: Mrs. Eisenhower prepares to christen the ship, holding the ceremonial bottle of Champagne, Mr. Hopkins, Mrs. Eugene P. Wilkinson and Commander Edward L. Beach, USN (President Eisenhower's Naval Aide).||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|415k||Mrs. Eisenhower smashes the bottle across the bow as she exclaims, "I Christen thee Nautilus! Mr. Hopkins and Cdr. Beach look on. The Ship's Matron of Honor Mrs. Eugene P. Wilkinson (wife of the ship's commanding officer), stands back as she holds Mamie's bouquet.||Photo courtesy of navy.mil.|
|362k||Mamie Eisenhower launches America's first atomic-powered submarine, Nautilus (SSN-571) at Groton, Connecticut.||Photo by Bates Littlehales/National Geographic/Getty Images) courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|158k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) began sliding down the ways at exactly 1057 hours.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|327k||Nautilus (SSN-571) launching at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, 21 January 1954. Shown is the stern of ship hitting the water.||Photo # 80-G-633339 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|160k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) slips into the waters of the Thames River for the first time.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
High Res photo courtesy of navy.mil
|132k||The Nautilus (SSN-571), still moving astern, is now completely afloat. The event was attended by in excess of 20,000 spectators.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|342k||Nautilus (SSN-571) launching at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, 21 January 1954. Shown in water at launch.
Crowd is shown at the launching.
|Photos # 80-G-633340 & 633337 (insert) courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|132k||The Nautilus (SSN-571), now stationary in the Thames, poses for her first official portrait.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|125k||Tug boats will push the boat to shore to begin Nautilus (SSN-571) career as the first nuclear powered U.S. submarine.||Photo courtesy of vendio.com via Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|32k||Commemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Nautilus (SSN-571) at Electric Boat Co., Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 21 January 1954 by the Former First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|30k||Obverse side of the Launching Medal for the first nuclear powered ship, Nautilus (SSN-571) on 21 January 1954. The ship's sponsor was the First Lady Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. The medal was produced by the General Dynamics Corporation.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|37k||Reverse side of the Launching Medal for the first nuclear powered ship, Nautilus (SSN-571), on 21 January 1954.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|608k||(Original Caption): The ensign and commissioning pennant of the Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first atom powered submarine, are hoisted in Groton as officials attending the simple but history making ceremony look on. A crew of 11 officers and 85 enlisted men under Comdr. Eugene Wilkinson, were ready to take the Nautilus to sea after lengthy special training. Left to right on the deck of the submarine are: Lt. Boule, aide to Adm. Hillenkoeter; Cmdr. Belin, aide to Adm. Wright; Cmdr. L.G. Burrus, senior chaplain, USN, New London, Conn.; Capt. Robert L. Moore, Jr., supervisor of shipbuilding, Electric Boat Division; Rear Adm. George C. Crawford, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic fleet; Rear Adm. Roscoe H. Hillenkoeter, commandant, Third Naval District; John Jay Hopkins, board chairman and president of General Dynamics Corporation; Adm. Jerauld Wright, commander-in-chief- Atlantic fleet.||Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|196k||Nautilus (SSN-571) is commissioned on 30 September 1954||Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.|
|587k||(Original Caption): John Jay Hopkins, President of the General Dynamics Corporation, presents the commissioning plaque to Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson, USN, during the Commissioning Ceremony for the Nautilus (SSN-571) as the first atomic powered submarine joins the U.S. Navy, 30 September 1954.||Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|894k||Nautilus (SSN-571) on her initial sea trials in New York Sound, 17 January 1955.||USN photo # 80-G-709366,from "Our Navy" Magazine. First of March, 1955, courtesy of Stanley Svec. Photo i.d. courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large|
|483k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) on her initial sea trials off the New England coast in January 1955.||USN official photo # 199068, courtesy of David Buell.|
|210k||Twin billing x 2: Nautilus (SSN-571) A year without refueling & high living below.||Photos courtesy All Hands Magazine, April 1956 courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|179k||Submarine Silhouettes of 1960:|
Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575), Skate (SSN-578), Skipjack (SS-585), Triton (SSRN-586), Halibut (SSGN-587), Thresher (SSN-593), Tullibee (SSN-597), George Washington (SSBN-598), & Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) classes.
|USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.|
|187k||Nuclear Submarine Profiles 1960: |
Skate (SSN-578) & Skipjack (SS-585) classes,
Halibut (SSGN-587) & Tullibee (SSN-597) classes,
George Washington (SSBN-598) &
Thresher (SSN-593) classes.
|USN photo courtesy of Ron Titus courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp. Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston|
|171k||Nuclear submarine lineup depicting the current 19 different types.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|1.67k||Circa 1955: Commander Eugene Wilkinson of the World's first nuclear powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus (SSN-571), points out the dates and battle actions of the ships that previously bore the name Nautilus.||Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images Hulton Archive via Getty Images courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|1.02k||Four page Welcome Aboard PDF.||Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|99k||Rear Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN,Commander, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet (ComDesLant) tours Nautilus (SSN-571) at the New London Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut, 31 May 1955. Behind him is Captain Raymond J. Zanzot, ComDesLant Materiel Officer.||Official USN photo # 80-G-669547, now in the collections of the National Archives.|
|738k||Nautilus (SSN-571) making emergency surface while operating in company with Leyte (CVS-32) and elements of CTG 81.2. Sarsfield (DD-837) is in the foreground. Photograph released 2 August 1955.||Photo # USN 681184 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|953k||Captain E.W. Parish, Jr., being transferred from Nautilus (SSN-571) to Leyte (CVS-32) by highline, 1 August 1955.||Photo # USN 681182 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|683k||Lieutenant Commander John H. Ebersole, Medical Corps, using chemical separation of radioactive isotopes, determines source of radiation in the nucleonics laboratory aboard Nautilus (SSN-571). Ebersole, stationed aboard Nautilus is responsible for the radiation hygiene and safety of its officers and crew. After receiving special training in radiation medicine at Duke University and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Ebersole was assigned to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's National Reactor Testing Station at Arco, Idaho, where he conceived and formulated the Navy's first radiation hygiene program for a nuclear powered vessel. Photo dated 01/26/1956.||Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy BUMED Library and Archives # 09-8394-1 via Bill Gonyo.|
|193k||Seawolf (SSN-575) undergoing some TLC alongside Nautilus (SSN-571) at Groton appear together in an Ingersol-Rand Company newsbrief dated 5 June 1956.||Insert courtesy of Ron Titus.|
USN photo courtesy of town.groton.ct.
|80k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) loads torpedoes at New London on 19 December 1955.||USN photo from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar, submitted by Robert Hurst.|
|28k||Seawolf (SSN-575) and Nautilus (SSN-571) appear together, circa 5 June 1956. |
Between 16 May and 5 August 1956, Seawolf made two voyages to Key West and participated in intensive training exercises.
|Photo from Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995 and submitted courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
|122k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) is heading for the surface at a sharp angle, her crew is thrown off balance in their mess like men in an amusement park crazy house, May 1956.
Among the crew members pictured is John Wesley Harvey, Lieutenant Commander. He is the third person pictured on the right (with his hand on the first bench, facing the camera). He would be the Commanding Officer of the Thresher (SSN-593) at the time of her loss.
|Photographer: Hank Walker, courtesy of life.time.com|
|97k||Nautilus (SSN-571) sailor is grabbing a cupful of coke from the only Nuclear powered coke machine on any US sub, May 1956.||Photographer: Hank Walker, courtesy of life.time.com|
|102k||Nautilus (SSN-571) crewmen in their mess watching a show on their TV set which can pick up programs near the surface by using sub's radio antennas, May 1956.||Photographer: Hank Walker, courtesy of life.time.com|
|649k||Pompon (SS-267), Rasher (SS-269) & Nautilus (SSN-571) anchored in an undisclosed naval port, circa late 1950's.||Photo by Arkivi/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|53k||NUCLEAR CHECKOUT == Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, a former submariner himself, inspects periscope in the Nautilus (SSN-571), world's first nuclear powered submarine during orientation cruise 24 June 1957 off California coast.
Fleet Admiral Nimitz, who was Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet during World War II, had his first submarine command in 1909. On the Nautilus cruise, he was qualified as a nuclear submariner and manned bow planes during a dive.
|Photo courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large from San Francisco NARA, San Francisco Naval Shipyard - Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904-74.|
|NR||HISTORIC SHAKEDOWN The crew of the world's first Atomic-powered submarine, Nautilus (SSN-571) is shown marking a milestone in nuclear experimentation. Crew members prepare to cut a cake marking the completion of 20,000 leagues (60,000 miles to duplicate the feat of Jules Verne's legendary undergo craft, the Nautilus.....||Image and text provided by Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library. |
Photo & text by The Detroit Tribune (Detroit, Mich.) 1935-1966, 16 February 1957, Image 8, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|105k||And now a word from our sponsor:
A Naval Reserve balloon floats over the Nautilus (SSN-571) during orientation cruise 24 June 1957 off California coast.
Alcatraz, famed federal penitentiary in San Francisco, forms the backdrop for the photo. A tugboat bearing press representatives precedes the Nautilus into the bay. The versatile underseas craft is on a two month visit to the Pacific and is scheduled to return to her home port of New London CT later in the summer.
|Associated Press photo & text courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith.|
|496k||The Fission Fleet.
The first three ships in the Nuclear Navy: Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575), and Skate (SSN-578), are shown together for the first time at General Dynamic Corporation's Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut, where they were built. The Seawolf and Nautilus returned to their birthplace for a brief upkeep period while Skate, launched 16 May is being readied for builder's trials. Sixteen additional atomic submarines have been ordered by the Navy. Nautilus departed 19 August to participate in NATO Exercises.
|Photo # USN 709933, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|1.10k||Admiral Drops In
One way to get on board a submarine is demonstrated by Rear Admiral Elton W. Grenfell, Commander, Submarine Force Pacific Fleet, as he descends on the nuclear submarine Nautilus (SSN-571), at sea off the West Coast. Admiral Grenfell visited Nautilus while it was engaged in training exercises with the fleet. He flew in from Princeton (CV-37), in background, via helicopter 12 June. He rode on board to Seattle, Washington, and disembarked upon her arrival there 15 June. Photograph released 25 June 1957.
|Photo # USN 709907, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|44k||Between 17 August & 15 September 1957, the Trigger (SS-564) joined Nautilus (SSN-571) and proceeded to the Arctic. She spent 10 days at the ice pack in the north Greenland Sea and made several short trips under the ice pack.||USN photo courtesy of Arctic Submarine Laboratory.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
|280k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) has just arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 17 May 1958. She departed on 25 May 1958. She was starting Operation Sunshine.||USN photo # NY9 39322-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|743k||Capt. Lowell Thornton Stone, USN WWII Commanding Officer of the Lapon (SS-260). Awarded the Navy Cross and two Silver Stars while CO.
He is serving here as the Commander of SubPac Admin at Mare Island. He is pictured with CDR William R. Anderson, Commanding Officer of Nautilus (SSN-571) on 20 May 1958 during the boat's short visit to the shipyard.
|Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|717k||Nautilus (SSN-571) in San Francisco Bay on 26 May 1958. The Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.||U.S. Navy # 39320-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|198k||The watch crew in the control room of Nautilus (SSN-571) maintains exact course and depth while the boat passes under the polar ice cap in 1958.||USN photo # N-0000F-001 courtesy of All Hands magazine by the Naval Historical Center, April 2002, pg. 46 & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|1.50k||The crew of the Nautilus (SSN-571) prepares for her trip under the North Pole before they leave Pearl Harbor.
The Nautilus is alongside the wharf on the north side of the submarine base, I believe it is designated Sierra 11 (as we tied up at Sierra 13 many times when I was stationed on Sterlet (SS-392).
You are looking at a submarine tied up on the north side of the northern of the 'finger piers' (which no longer exist). The view looks across toward the 'destroyer' wharfs at the Naval Station. Over the after deck of the submarine you can see two ships. One is the bow of what appears to be and LST with the hull number(s) 225, 223, 228 all of which are impossible. Forward of the LST is the bow of a destroyer or destroyer escort with the hull number 327 which would maker her the Brister (DER-327) which is possible. The thing that looks like an LST bow may be two larger DD types, but I don't think so.
|Text i.d. courtesy of Jim Christley & Ric Hedman.|
US National Archives photo # 80-G-1036981, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
|1.40k||Torpedoman Greenhill (TM3) routines the torpedoes as the Nautilus (SSN-571) makes her way to the polar ice cap in 1958.||US National Archives photo # 80-G-1036974, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|529k||Nautilus (SSN-571), passes under the North Pole. As the submarine passes under the Arctic ice, members of her crew watch one of the two movies shown daily in the crew's mess, July 1958.||Photos # 80-G-1036982 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.|
|85k||Cmdr W.R. Anderson, USN, commanding officer of the Nautilus (SSN-571) and Dr. Waldo Lyon, Senior Scientist, observe the thickness of the ice overhead by watching ice recorded in attack center.||U.S. Navy courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|757k||Naval Commander John W. Harvey (C), posing with two other officers aboard the nuclear submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) which cruised 100,000 miles submerged during two historic missions,||Photo by James Drake/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|86k||Track of the Nautilus (SSN-571) during her 1958 submerged cruise to the Arctic.||USN photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.|
|25k||Polar flag flown by the Nautilus (SSN-571) during her 1958 submerged cruise to the Arctic.||USN photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.|
|71k||Painting commemorating the Nautilus (SSN-571) during her 1958 submerged cruise to the Arctic.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|126k||As the second commanding officer of the Nautilus (SSN-571), Captain William Anderson made the first voyage in history from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the North Pole.
On 3 August 1958, at a depth of 400 feet, Nautilus passed beneath the Polar ice cap. Prior to the trans-polar expedition, Anderson led Nautilus during a major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) exercise in September and October 1957, demonstrating the nuclear submarine's capabilities against modern anti-submarine warfare forces. During this exercise, Nautilus evaded nearly all pursuers and launched many attacks without being detected.
Anderson, a native of Bakerville, Tennessee, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1942 and from submarine school in September 1942. He served aboard Tarpon (SS-175) and Narwhal (SS-167), and was awarded the Bronze Star while serving aboard Trutta (SS-421) during World War II.
Following the war he served aboard Sarda (SS-488), and Tang (SS-563), and as commanding officer of Wahoo (SS-565). He also served as Tactical Department Head at the U.S. Navy Submarine School and as Adviser to the Chief of the Naval Reactors Branch for Submarine Operating Matters, Atomic Energy Commission.
|USN photo courtesy of navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|NR||NORTH POLE SUBS BOTH POWERED BY WESTINGHOUSE ATOMIC ENGINES||Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 15 August 1958, Image 14, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
|80k||16th August 1958, The scene at Portland, Dorset as the Nautilus (SSN-571) arrives, having passed under the Arctic ice cap and North Pole on it's journey.||Photo courtesy of A.P. Wirephoto via Tommy Trampp.|
|367k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) entering New York harbor, 25 August 1958. Nautilus recently made a trans-polar voyage under the Arctic ice.||USN photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.|
|106k||Submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) (C) arriving in NY harbor w. escorting tugboats, after its unprecedented voyage beneath polar icecap, August 1958.||Photographer: Carl Mydans, courtesy of life.time.com|
|640k||Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover boards the Nautilus (SSN-571) in N.Y. harbor from a Navy tug on 25 August 1958.||AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.|
|649k||ABOARD THE NAUTILUS (SSN-571)
25 August 1958. Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover,"father of the atomic submarine," stands on the deck of the Nautilus in New York harbor today with a Navy scientist, Dr. Waldo K. Lyon. Dr. Lyon, director of the submarine and Arctic research branch of the Navy Electronics Laboratory at San Diego, CA., was aboard the Nautilus when it arrived today from England after its epic under the ice trip across the North Pole.
|AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Tramp.|
|597k||Commander William Robert Anderson shows map route of Nautilus (SSN-571) polar transit under North Pole (Operation Sunshine), 1958.||AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Tramp.|
|566k||Captain Eugene Parks Wilkinson poses for the final time with nuclear submarine Nautilus (SSN-571). |
This was taken in 1958 after her North Pole record making cruise by Commander William Robert Anderson and his crew. She arrived in New York Harbor August 18th for a visit. The former C.O. Captain Eugene Parks Wilkinson was on hand to pass along his congratulations for a successful voyage.
|USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|136k||Crew members w. families visiting on Nautilus (SSN-571) at NYC, August 1958.||Photographer: Joseph Scherschel, courtesy of life.time.com|
|203k||Ticker tape parade of crew of Nautilus (SSN-571) up lower Broadway, NYC, 28 August 1958.||Photographer: Robert W. Kelley, courtesy of life.time.com|
|448k||Four page PDF of the Nautilus (SSN-571) which was produced by the General Dynamics Corporation in 1958, after Nautilus had been refueled for the first time.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|185k||For those of you who were around in those days, something to remember: A colorized Official USN photograph from Nabisco's Defenders of America Series of 1959. The cards were in packages of Nabisco Shredded Wheat from the National Biscuit Company of New York, N.Y.
The Nautilus (SSN-571) crossing the North Pole accompanied by ice floes.
|Photos courtesy of Robert M. Cieri & Tommy Trampp.|
|165k||Commerating 50 years of Artic exploration: Nautilus (SSN-571) 1909-1959.||Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.|
|178k||CRUSING ON THE NAUTILUS (SSN-571)
25 March, members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy on board the submarine.
|AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Tramp.|
|538k||Sub Skippers - The Navy's three atomic sub skippers of the Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575) & Skate (SSN-578).....12 April 1959.||USN photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.|
|62k||Nautilus (SSN-571) in May 1959 after she entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine for her first complete overhaul - the first of any nuclear powered ship - and the replacement of her second fuel core. Her overhaul was completed in August 1960.||Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Text courtesy of Jim Christley, submitted by Ric Hedman.
|388k||VADM Lando William Zech, Jr. was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941. At Annapolis, he played varsity baseball and basketball. In his senior year, he captained the baseball team. Admiral Zech served 39 years in the Navy after his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1944 with the World War II Class of 1945. His first assignment was to the destroyer John D. Henley (DD-553) in the western Pacific where he participated in the second battle for the Philippines, the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and on picket station duty off the coast of Japan during the last days of the war. After the war and a second destroyer tour on the Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), Admiral Zech volunteered for submarine duty and subsequently commanded four submarines, Sea Robin (SS-407) [January 1956 to November 1956], Albacore (AGSS-569) [15 January 1957 to 15 January 1958], and after nuclear power training, Nautilus (SSN-571) [22 June 1959 to 20 April 1962] and John Adams (SSBN-620) [12 May 1964 to 2 March 1965]. He later commanded the guided missile cruiser Springfield (CLG-7) [12 July 1968 to 9 February 1970]. Upon his selection to flag rank, he served as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District in Seattle, WA, the Chief of Naval Technical Training in Memphis, TN and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan in Yokosuka. After his selection to Vice Admiral he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training and Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy in 1983.||USN photo & text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|57k||Nautilus (SSN-571) inboard & the Entemedor (SS-340) with other unidentified boats at the Connecticut State Pier, New London, CT., circa 1960.||Courtesy of Chuck Jensen.|
|400k||MEDAL FOR RICKOVER:
At Groton CT., Sec. of the Navy William B. Franke, pinned the Distinguished Service Medal on Admiral Hyman Rickover, pioneer in nuclear propulsion in ceremonies marking the 6th anniversary of the launching of the Nautilus (SSN-571) on 23 January 1961.
|AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.|
|194k||Nautilus (SSN-571) at New York, circa 1961.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|52k||A 1960's watercolor by the artist Albert K. Murray entitled "Nautilus (SSN-571)".||Painting #21088-195-HL.
Courtesy of the USNHC.
|61k||Halfbeak (SS-352), (second from right) immediately astern of Fulton (AS-11) at the Connecticut State Pier, New London, CT. Other submarines astern of Fulton, include (far right) Nautilus (SSN-571), (third from right) Bang (SS-385), and outboard of Bang, (fourth from right) is Tusk (SS-426). Moored to Fulton's starboard side are three additional submarines. The outboard boat on the starboard side is the Skipjack (SSN-585) & the other two are unidentified.||Photo from Subron 10 Cruise Book for 1964-1965, courtesy of Fred (Doc) Gardner xHM1(SS) / FMF USS Skipjack SSN 585 - SN(SS) (1964-1965) and Fred Willshaw.|
|160k||On 10 November 1966, the Nautilus (SSN-571) collided with the Essex (CV-9) while running submerged about 350 miles east of Morehead City, North Carolina, during underway replenishment exercises. Both ships returned to port unassisted. The submarine received extensive damage to its sail area and went to New London. The carrier sustained an open hull cut in the bow area and proceeded to Norfolk, Virginia.||USN photo courtesy of cvsg-57veterans.org, submitted by Anton Karklit.
AP Wire insert photo.
|689k||Night Nautilus (SSN-571).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|23k||Commemorative post card marking the Nautilus's (SSN-571) 20th anniversary sailing, 17 January, 1975.||Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.|
|4.00k||Change of Command ceremony PDF on-board the Nautilus (SSN-571), December 1976.||Photos courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|211k||Nautilus (SSN-571) & the GG in 1979.||Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|388k||Nautilus (SSN-571) with San Francisco in the background, May 1979.||U.S. Navy # 157559-5-79, courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.|
|2.30k||Nautilus (SSN-571) arrives at Mare Island on 4 June 1979 she is assited by Pushmataha (YTB-830) and Skenandoa (YTB-835).||U.S. Navy # 157657A-6-79, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.70k||Nautilus (SSN-571) entering Mare Island's dry dock #2 on 11 June 1979.||U.S. Navy # 157632-6-79, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.89k||1979 Welcome Aboard pamphlet.||Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|82k||Commemorative post mark honoring the twenty five years's commissioning of the Nautilus (SSN-571), 30 September 1979.||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|822k||Nautilus (SSN-571) in dry dock #4 at Mare Island completing her inactivation. She was in this dock from 11/19/79 to 1/30/80.||Photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo courtesy of Silent Killers: Submarines and Underwater Warfare" by James P. Delgado via Robert Hurst.
|202k||Captain Dick Riddell poses alongside the Nautilus (SSN-571) during his command, December 1976 - March 1980.||USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo via ussnautilus.org.|
|Decommissioining / Present Day|
|326k||Nautilus (SSN-571) is seen in dry dock 2 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard being inactivated. Photo was taken between 12 June and 3 November 1979. The structure behind the sub's sail is the refueling house used to remove her nuclear fuel. She was inactivated between 11 June 1979 and 29 February 1980. She was then converted to a historical ship between 28 September 1981 and 30 August 1982 at the yard. She was stored at Mare Island until she started her tow to Groton, Conn. on 28 May 1985.||USN photo # 161269, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|101k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) is seen in dry dock #4 at Mare Island between 19 November 1979 and 30 January 1980 for bottom paint job.||USN photo # 164750, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.55k||PDF of the Decommissioning Ceremony Program for the Nautilus (SSN-571), which was held on board the ship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 3 March 1980.||Photos courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|163k||Commemorative post mark honoring the decommissioning of the Nautilus (SSN-571), 3 March 1980.||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|196k||Nautilus (SSN-571) and Long Beach (CGN-9) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 31 January 1980. Nautilus was at the shipyard for inactivation.||USN photo # MSA 163841-1-80, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|63k||Photo of the lowering of the Commissioning Pennant aboard Nautilus (SSN-571) at Mare Island on 3 March 1980.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|65k||Photo of the speaker stand (speaker is unknown) Nautilus (SSN-571) during her decommissioning at Mare Island on 3 March 1980.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|67k||Photo of the crew at quarters aboard Nautilus (SSN-571) during her decommissioning at Mare Island on 3 March 1980.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|380k||The decommissioned Nautilus (SSN-571) await her historic ship conversion at Mare Island in May 1980.||USN photo # 167954, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|185k||The Nautilus (SSN-571) is seen in San Francisco Bay circa 1981 just prior to inactivation at Mare Island. Treasure Island is to the left and Yerba Buena Island is to the right.||USN photo # MSA 157560-6-82, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|788k||Crew's mess, 1983.||USN photo # 192537-3-83, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|562k||Diving station, 1983.||USN photo # 192538-3-83, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|825k||Nautilus' (SSN-571) periscopes, 1983.||USN photo # 192540-3-83, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.5m||Nautilus (SSN-571) in Mare Island dry dock #3 in April 1985 getting her final paint job prior to transfer to Groton. She is seen here with the primer coat about complete.||USN photo # 208122-4-85, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.2m||Nautilus (SSN-571) in Mare Island dry dock #3 in May 1985 with her final coat of paint.||USN photo # 208349-5-85, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|351k||Interior space on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) moored at the Naval Shipyard on 14 May 1985.||Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-07220, by PHC J. Kristoffersen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|237k||Interior space on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) moored at the Naval Shipyard on 14 May 1985.||Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-07225, by PHC J. Kristoffersen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|116k||Interior space on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) moored at the Naval Shipyard on 14 May 1985. Visible are torpedoes on storage racks.||Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-07252, by PHC J. Kristoffersen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|987k||Nautilus (SSN-571) at a Mare Island berth on 27 May 1985.||USN photo # 208729-5-85, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.2k||A Mare Island rigger aboard Nautilus (SSN-571) preparing to pass a line to a tug at Mare Island on 28 May 1985.||USN photo # 208842-5-85,courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|988k||Nautilus (SSN-571) under tow passed under the Golden Gate on 28 May 1985. San Francisco and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background.||USN photo # 208856-5-85, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|221k||Nautilus (SSN-571) and Quapaw (ATF-110) sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge on 28 May 1985.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|48k||A view through a porthole aboard the large harbor tub Pushmataha (YTB-830) of the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) and large harbor tug Skenandoa (YTB-835) on 28 May 1985.||Official USN photo # DN-ST-85-08402, by PH2 Steve Miller, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|171k||Port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) being towed through the Gaillard Cut on 21 June 1985. Two inshore patrol craft (PCF) escort the submarine.||Official USN photo # DN-ST-85-10151, by PH2 Carl Duvall, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|82k||A bow view of the decommissioned nuclear-powered attack submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) being towed through the Gatun Locks on 21 June 1985. The Nautilus is en route to her original home port at Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn.||Official USN photo # DN-ST-87-02317, by PH3 Joan Zopf, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|58k||Aerial starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) as it is towed toward the Atlantic Ocean on 21 June 1985. The Nautilus is en route to its original home port at Naval Submarine Base, New London, Ct., where it will remain as a memorial at the Submarine Force Library and Museum. A Fast Patrol Craft (PCF) is visible off the port side.||Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-05260, by PH3 Joan Zopf, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|128k||The large harbor tugs Negwagon (YTB-834) assists in the mooring the nuclear-powered attack submarine ex-Nautilus (SSN-571) upon its arrival at pier No. 33., 6 July 1985. The submarine will remain at the Submarine Force Library and Museum as a memorial.||Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-09408, by PH3 Joan Zopf, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|74k||Commemorative post mark honoring 90 years of Arctic Exploration & Nautilus's (SSN-571) 41 year visit to the region.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|86k||Naval Submarine Support Facility's (NSSF) Petty Officer 2nd Class (SS) Larry Alger, below deck, holds the dust cover as two other workers lower the new periscope into the sail of Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN-571), 13 May 2002. The new periscope is just one of several final touches to Nautilus as the submarine completes a 10-day finishing period at SUBASE New London following a four-month, approximately $4.7 million overhaul at General Dynamics Electric Boat.||Official USN photo # N-8363H-001, by Nicole Hawley, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|95k||Portrait of ET1(SS) Gregory Migliore, a Nautilus (SSN-571) tour guide stationed at the U.S. Navy Submarine Museum in Groton, Conn. Migliore was featured in All Hands Magazine's Focus on Service section in June 2004. All Hands June 2004, pg. 40).||USN photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|344k||Being escorted by a tug, Virginia-class attack submarine Hawaii (SSN-776) makes it's way down the Thames River past the historic ship Nautilus (SSN-571) as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London for its new homeport at Naval Station Pearl Harbor on 13 May 2009.||USN photo # N-5188B-014 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Blair courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|697k||The Submarine Force Museum and the U.S. Navy's first nuclear powered submarine, Nautilus (SSN-571). The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River, maintains the U.S Navy's largest collection of submarine artifacts. As the only submarine museum operated by the U.S. Navy, it is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio (SSBN-726) / (SSBN-743) and Virginia (SSN-774+) class submarines.||USN photo # N-ZZ999-003 & text courtesy of navy.mil. via Robert M. Cieri.|
|868k||Nautilus (SSN-571) propellers in Submarine Force Museum.||Photo courtesy of flickr.com via Yu Chu.|
|01||CDR. Wilkinson, Eugene Parks, USN :VADM||20.09.1954 - 18.06.1957 First Date in Commission|
|02||CDR. Anderson, William Robert, USN (USNA 1943)||18.06.1957 - 22.06.1959|
|03||CDR. Zech Jr., Lando William, USN (USNA 1945) :VADM||22.06.1959 - 20.04.1962|
|04||CDR. Metzel Jr., Jeffrey Caswell, USN (USNA 1947) :RADM||20.04.1962 - 12.10.1963|
|05||CDR. Fogarty, Francis Charles, USN (USNA 1948-B)||12.10.1963 - 03.04.1967|
|06||CDR. Griggs, Norman Earl, USN (USNA 1953)||03.04.1967 - 31.01.1970|
|07||CDR. Cockfield, David Wellington (Duke), USN (USNA 1955) :RADM||31.01.1970 - 24.06.1972|
|08||CDR. Anckonie III, Alex, USN||24.06.1972 - 19.12.1976|
|09||CDR. Riddell, Richard Anderson, USN (USNA 1962) :RADM||19.12.1976 03.03.1980 Last Date in Commission|
|19||CDR. Almon, John Sterling, USN||28.05.1985 = 06.07.1985 Start as Museum ship|
|11||LCDR. Crochet, John Michael, USN (O-in-Ch) (USNA 1976)||06.07.1985 - 00.07.1987 Tow to NLON|
|12||LCDR. Immel, Dale Robert, USN||00.07.1987 - 29.07.1989|
|13||LCDR. Adell, Alan Arthur, USN||29.07.1989 - 03.07.1991|
|14||LCDR. Ginda, Mark Stanley, USN (USNA 1982)||03.07.1991 - 05.11.1993|
|15||CDR. Tworzanski, Darrell William, USN (USNA 1980)||05.11.1993 - 06.10.1995|
|16||CDR. Henn, Terence, USN||06.10.1995 - 21.05.1998|
|17||CDR. Siclare, Bennett Joseph, USN||21.05.1998 - 26.05.2000|
|18||CDR. Howard, D. Benton, USN||26.05.2000 - 15.05.2003|
|19||CDR. Sides, Francis Marion, USN||15.05.2003 - 08.10.2004|
|20||CDR. Slawson, Christopher Web, USN (USNA 1992)||08.10.2004 - 28.03.2006|
|21||CDR. Tupas, Randolph Joseph, USN||28.03.2006 - 05.02.2008|
|22||LCDR. Caskey, Gregory R., USN||05.02.2008 - 05.04.2011|
|23||LCDR. Sawyer, Robert William, USN (USNA 1999)||05.04.2011 - 14.05.2013|
|24||LCDR. Amdur, Benjamin, USN||14.05.2013 - 12.04.2016|
|25||LCDR. Preston, Reginald N., USN||12.04.2016 - 16.01.2018|
|26||LCDR. Boyd, Bradley M., USN||16.01.2018 -|
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