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Nuclear Submarine Experiences

Published by David V. Barth at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 by David V. Barth

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Preface
Chapter 2: Ohio State University
Chapter 3: Navy Enlistment
Chapter 4: Pressure Tank
Chapter 5: Submarine Escape Training Tank
Chapter 6: Computer and Electronics School
Chapter 7: Assignment to USS Lafayette (SSBN 616)
Chapter 8: Jackie Kennedy Launches Lafayette
Chapter 9: Learning the Boat
Chapter 10: Heavey Throwing
Chapter 11: Test Depth Dive
Chapter 12: SUBSAFE Program
Chapter 13: The Rickover Legend
Chapter 14: Living Conditions Underway on Nuclear Power
Chapter 15: Patrols
Chapter 16: Death of the Commander-In-Chief and DEFCON 1
Chapter 17: My First Computer Program
Chapter 18: Commander Grace Hopper
Chapter 19: 41 For Freedom
Chapter 20: Decommissioning
Chapter 21: Conclusion
Chapter 22: Other Writings
Chapter 23: About the Author

Chapter 1: Preface

"41 for Freedom" refers to the 41 U.S. nuclear Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) submarines that helped America maintain a nuclear missile deterrent during the Cold War, from 1960 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. This article is about being on one of those boats, the USS Lafayette SSBN 616.

In the identification "SSBN," "SS" is for submarine, the same type of identification the Navy assigned to battleships (BB) and to destroyers (DD). The "B" is for ballistic missile, and "N" is for nuclear-powered. Traditionally, submarines are referred to as "boats," not ships, but sometimes the usage is interchangeable. In US Navy slang, ballistic missile submarines are called "boomers," although, on our boat, this term wasn't heard until after 1966. FBMs operated on a "Gold" and "Blue" two-crew concept. All "41 for Freedom" SSBNs have been decommissioned, replaced by larger, Ohio Class submarines. Some details in this article were confirmed by checking Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article contains approximately 13,670 words.

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