Submarine begins world's first underwater circumnavigation

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Submarine begins world's first underwater circumnavigation

Postby admin » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:39 am

On this day — February 16, 1960
Submarine begins world's first underwater circumnavigation
The USS Triton begins 'Operation Sandblast,' the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe. The voyage will generally follow the overwater route Magellan sailed more than four centuries earlier.

USS Triton, a United States Navy radar picket nuclear submarine, was the first vessel to execute a submerged circumnavigation of the Earth, doing so in early 1960. Triton accomplished this objective during her shakedown cruise while under the command of Captain Edward L. "Ned" Beach, Jr. The only member of her class, she also had the distinction of being the only Western submarine powered by two nuclear reactors.
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