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Groton, Conn. - On January 21, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower launched the world’s first nuclear submarine at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president’s wife to ever christen a submarine in the United States Navy. On September 30 of that year the USS Nautilus became the first commissioned nuclear powered ship in the US Navy, eventually shattering all submerged speed and distance records. In July of 1958 USS Nautilus left Pearl Harbor on “Operation Sunshine” to attempt the first crossing of the North Pole by ship. By August 3rd the 116 men on board had accomplished this seemingly impossible task.


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