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History Live from Groton: Nautilus @ 60

  By David Werner, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach On Tuesday, Sept. 30, the U.S. Navy will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of the world’s first nuclear powered warship, the attack submarine USS Nautilus (SSN 571).  Nautilus served for 25 years and racked up an …

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Nuclear Navy and Energy Independence Pick Up Steam in 1961

By Joshua L. Wick Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division Long Beach, the world’s first nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, was commissioned Sept. 9, 1961, the same year as the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN 65).  With their nuclear-powered submarine counterparts already operating in the …

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Beautiful and Dangerous, CSS Alabama Ruled the Sea

  From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communications and Outreach Division Few ships during the Civil War carried the mystique of the infamous commerce raider CSS Alabama. The  side-wheel steamer was the OO7 of ships, her sleek and elegant built belying her long-range armament, canons and rifles above and below deck. She could …

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Return of USS HOUSTON Artifacts to NHHC

Last week, the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) received a trumpet and ceramic cup and saucer from World War II cruiser USS HOUSTON.  The artifacts were returned to the US Naval Attaché in Canberra, Australia after their unsanctioned removal from the wreck site and made a …

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