Sixty Years of Nuclear Sub History

On Nov. 2, 2013 Precommissioning Unit North Dakota (SSN 784) will be christened at the Electric Boat Ship Yard in Groton, Conn., launching the most advanced submarine in U.S. Naval history. The christening ceremony is a time-honored tradition which has roots dating back to Babylonian times. North Dakota’s will take place at the same shipyard nearly 60 years after USS Nautilus (SSN 571) was christened and launched, bringing nuclear propulsion to the fleet and the world. Six decades, thousands of nuclear-trained officers and Sailors, and more than 200 nuclear-powered submarines later, PCU North Dakota raises the bar to a new zenith. Transferring from the initial manning crew of North Dakota to the Historic Ship Nautilus a few months ago has afforded me the opportunity to appreciate the similarities and changes in both of these remarkable ships. Read more at

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