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1Title:  Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program--1972-73 Add
 Summary:  This document is the unclassified record of Joint Committee on Atomic Energy hearings held on February 8, 1972 and March 28, 1973. During the 1972 hearing, Vice Admiral Hyman Rickover describes the current size of the United States' nuclear-powered submarine fleet: "We have a total today of 118 atomic submarines authorized of which 97 are presently operational. Among those that are operational, 41 are fleet ballistic missile submarines, 56 are attack submarines. We have a total of 21 more nuclear attack submarines under construction" (3). Both members of the Joint Committee and Rickover express concern over the quantitative advances in the Soviet Union's submarine fleet. This hearing includes a lengthy discussion on personnel selection and retention issues for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Rickover also advocates for committee support for the funding the fourth nuclear-powered carrier and for the construction of nuclear-powered carrier escorts. In the 1973 hearing, Rickover again expresses his concern over the rapid growth of the Soviet submarine force, noting that the qualitative advantage of U.S. submarines would be decisive "only so long as the quantitative advantage of the opposing force remains within reasonable bounds" (148). He also describes the Polaris submarine replacement program, Trident, the cost of which clearly concern committee members. He emphasizes that the reactor plant costs for the first submarine ("$56 million") were a relatively small part of the total unit cost (168). At this point in time, "long leadtime propulsion plant components for the lead ship and three follow ships [were] on order." (196). Additionally, construction on the Trident (S8G) prototype had started. Admiral Rickover noted the importance of prototype design and construction: "The Trident submarine is planned to follow the approach that has been used successfully to design, build, and deploy our nuclear submarines since the Nautilus. The prototype propulsion plant is being built using the same time phasing as the Nautilus prototype and ship" (198). Finally, Rickover also provides the committee with an update on the high-speed, SSN-688 (Los Angeles-class) submarine. By 1973, twelve Los Angeles-class submarines were under construction. 
 Date:   1974 
 Subject(s):  Rickover, Hyman G. | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Text 
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2Title:  Nuclear navy, 1946-1962 Add
 Summary:  The foundational history of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, covering the period of the program's creation, under the leadership of Hyman G. Rickover, to 1962, by which time the United States Navy's fleet included nuclear-powered attack submarines, ballistic missile submarines, and surface ships. The program's leadership in support of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station is also chronicled. 
 Date:   1974 
 Subject(s):  Naval Reactors | Rickover, Hyman G. | S1W | USS Nautilus (SSN-571) | S1G | USS Seawolf (SSN-575) 
 Type:  Text 
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