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Bainbridge is Commissioned as 1st Nuclear-Powered Destroyer

From Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division     The guided missile destroyer leader Bainbridge, commissioned on October 6, 1962, was the first nuclear-powered destroyer.     The destroyer would be the fourth ship named after  Commodore William Bainbridge, infamous as the commander of USS Philadelphia, captured …

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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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