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1Title:  The USS Los Angeles in 2009 Add
 Summary:  The USS Los Angeles, lead boat in her class, at sea near Apra Harbor, Guam. Eventually, 53 Los Angeles-class submarines were built. These fast-attack subs have a displacement of 6,900 tons submerged and a maximum speed in the range of 32 knots. The USS Los Angeles was decommissioned in 2010. 
 Reference:  Parrish, Thomas. The Submarine: A History. New York: Viking, 2004, page 495. 
 Date:  20 October 2009 
 Subject(s):  S6G | USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) | Naval Reactors 
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2Title:  The USS Los Angeles, high-speed fast attack submarine Add
 Summary:  The USS Los Angeles at sea, probably during her sea trials in the summer of 1976. The development of the Los Angeles class was, in large part, a response to advances made by the Soviet Union in submarine technology, particularly in terms of speed. These advances were made clear by a Soviet November class submarine that was tracked following the USS Enterprise on 5 January 1968. By mid-year, the Department of Defense recommended the construction of the USS Los Angeles, as the lead boat in a class of high-speed fast attack submarines. Prior to 1968, Admiral Hyman Rickover, as Director of Naval Reactors, identified General Electric as the reactor's lead designer (for the plant that would eventually become the S6G) and Newport News Shipbuilding as the lead yard for the submarine's construction. 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 27-41. 
 Date:  circa 1976 
 Subject(s):  S6G | USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) | Naval Reactors 
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3Title:  Bow shot of USS Los Angeles at sea Add
 Summary:  The USS Los Angeles at sea in 1982. Planning for the Los Angeles-class submarines began in the mid-1960s; the sub class "would have the speed to escort fast surface-strike forces and convoys, protecting them against hostile submarines, and to seek out and destroy enemy missile submarines" (27). The Los Angeles, lead boat in her class, was commissioned in November 1976. 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 27-33. 
 Date:  01 December 1982 
 Subject(s):  S6G | USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) | Naval Reactors 
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4Title:  Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program--1969 Add
 Summary:  This Joint Committee on Atomic Energy hearing was held to obtain supplemental data for the fiscal year 1970 Atomic Energy Commission request for the naval reactors development program. The document includes information on several issues of controversy between the Joint Committee and the Executive Branch, including the ongoing construction of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the development of a high speed fast attack submarine (Los Angeles-class), and Admiral Rickover's continuation as the head of the Naval Reactors program. It includes a lengthy (101 pages) record of Admiral Rickover's testimony to the Joint Committee. Rickover's testimony focuses on the danger on the Soviet Union's submarine buildup and the need to build the high speed, fast attack submarine; this construction program was a point of contention between the Joint Committee and both the Johnson and Nixon administrations. The Joint Committee's position in the document: "Because of the urgency of delivering these new ships to the fleet, the Joint Committee strongly recommends that the fiscal year 1970 nuclear warship construction program include as a minimum the funds necessary to award contracts for the first three high-speed submarines and advance funding for five more" (VII). Also, given the lengthy battle between the Joint Committee and the Department of Defense over the application of nuclear power to aircraft carriers (with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara recommending the construction of a conventional carrier in 1963), Rickover's description of systems analysis in his testimony (on pages 63-65) is both interesting and revealing. 
 Date:   1969 
 Subject(s):  S6G | USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) | Rickover, Hyman G. | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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