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1Title:  The USS Long Beach firing its missiles Add
 Summary:  The USS Long Beach, the first nuclear-powered surface ship, shown firing her missiles in 1961. The cruiser carried Talos and Terrier surface-to-air missiles for defensive support, and Regulus surface-to-surface missiles, capable of strking targets hundreds of miles away. 
 Source:  http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=138 
 Date:   1961 
 Subject(s):  C1W | USS Long Beach (CGN-9) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
 Format:  JPEG 
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2Title:  USS Enterprise at Newport News shipyard Add
 Summary:  The USS Enterprise at Newport News, Virginia. The Enterprise is powered by eight nuclear reactors. Congress appropriated Enterprise in 1958; its construction cost was approximately 472 million dollars. High construction and operating costs for nuclear (relative to conventional) carriers led to a decade-long delay in the construction of additional nuclear-powered carriers. 
 Source:  http://www.cvn65.us/us_navy_photos_1.htm 
 Date:   1961 
 Subject(s):  A2W | USS Enterprise (CVN-65) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
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3Title:  Mechanical properties of Zircaloy-2 Add
 Summary:  To summarize: "Zircaloy-2 is a zirconium-tin alloy developed for use in water cooled nuclear reactors. It possesses good corrosion resistance to high-temperature water, excellent nuclear characteristics, and sufficiently good mechanical properties for use as a structural material in reactor cores and as a fuel element material" (1). The report analyzes changes in Zircaloy-2 properties caused by changes in operating conditions, including temperature, hydrogen concentration, and the presence of small notches in the material. As noted in the Hewlett/Duncan book, Nuclear Navy, "the study of zirconium alloys [in the first half of the 1950s] resulted in the development of a new material called Zircaloy-2, which was far superior to the material used in the [Mark I/S1W] core." 
 Source:  http://www.osti.gov/bridge 
 Date:   1961 
 Subject(s):  Zirconium/Zircaloy | Nuclear engineering | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
 Format:  PDF 
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4Title:  The USS Thresher underway Add
 Summary:  Aerial view of the USS Thresher underway. The Thresher was constructed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Her construction was plagued by difficulties, in part due to the use of HY-80 hull welds (needed to enable deeper submerged operations) and Portsmouth's lack of experience and proficiency, relative to Electric Boat, in building nuclear subs. The Thresher was lost at sea on 10 April 1963. A Navy court of inquiry found that engine room flooding, perhaps caused by the failure of a silver-brazed joint, resulted in a loss of electrical power and (following a reactor scram), a loss of proplusion power. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 52-98. 
 Date:  30 April 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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5Title:  USS Thresher, bow view Add
 Summary:  A bow view of the USS Thresher (showing the sail and diving planes), taken in July 1961. The Thresher was the lead boat in her class, designed to support operations at a depth greater than that possible with submarines of the Skipjack class. The Thresher was built at the Portsmouth Naval Yard and was powered by an S5W reactor plant. 
 Source:  http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm 
 Reference:  Duncan, Francis. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1990, pages 52-64. 
 Date:  24 July 1961 
 Subject(s):  S5W | USS Thresher (SSN-593) | Naval Reactors 
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