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1Title:  USS Skate in the arctic region Add
 Summary:  The USS Skate surfaces in the arctic region. The Skate was powered by the S3W reactor, a successor to the S1W/S2W plants that was built withoutthe construction of a prototype. She traveled under the North Pole in August 1958, just eight days after the Nautilus' historic polar crossing. The Skate was built with a strengthened sail structure and improved fathometer equipment (compared with Nautilus) in order to improve the sub's ability to operate in the polar region. In March 1959, she conducted winter polar operations and surfaced near the North Pole. 
 Source:  http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08578.htm 
 Reference:  Rockwell, Theodore. The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference. Lincoln, NE: IUniverse, 2002, pages 251-255. 
 Date:   1959 
 Subject(s):  S3W | USS Skate (SSN-578) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
 Format:  JPEG 
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2Title:  USS Hailbut fires a Regulus missile Add
 Summary:  The USS Halibut, commissioned in 1960, was originally designated as a guided missile submarine (SSGN-587). She was capable of carrying five Regulus I missiles. This subsonic missile had a range of 500 nautical miles and could carry a conventional or nuclear warhead. The Halibut conducted seven missile patrols in the North Pacific carrying Regulus I missiles. The Regulus program was cancelled in 1958 because of the transition to the Polaris ballistic missile program and the commissioning of ballistic missile submarines, beginning with the USS George Washington. In 1965, the Halibut was redesignated SSN-587; she was, as described by authors Norman Polmar and Michael White, converted to a special-mission, intelligence gathering submarine. 
 Source:  http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08587b.htm 
 Reference:  Polmar, Norman, and Michael White. Project Azorian: The CIA and the Raising of the K-129. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 2010. 
 Date:  31 March 1960 
 Subject(s):  S3W | USS Halibut (SSGN-587) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
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3Title:  USS Halibut in San Francisco Bay Add
 Summary:  The USS Halibut is shown steaming in San Francisco Bay. In 1965, the Halibut was converted from a guided missile submarine to a deep-sea intelligence gathering submarine, under the leadership of the Department of Defense's John Craven. The special equipment installed during the conversion included a mainframe computer, towed underwater vehicles, special video and photographic equipment, and a thrust/vector control system for enhanced navigation. The Halibut performed a range of intelligence tasks, most notably reconnaissance and recovery work at the site of a sunken Soviet Golf submarine, K-129. 
 Source:  http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08587b.htm 
 Reference:  Sontag, Sherry, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew. Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage. New York: Public Affairs, 1998, pages 46-64. 
 Date:  circa 1970 
 Subject(s):  S3W | USS Halibut (SSN-587) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
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4Title:  Submarines Seadragon and Skate rendezvous at the North Pole Add
 Summary:  The submarines USS Skate, the third nuclear-powered submarine, and the USS Seadragon (in the foreground) surfaced at the North Pole on August 2, 1962. The two subs rendezvoused under the ice north of the Soviet Union on July 31, and then conducted joint operations prior to surfacing together at the North Pole. The Skate was powered by the S3W plant, the Seadragon by the S4W, both of which included advances in plant design and arrangement in comparison with the Nautilus' S2W plant. 
 Source:  http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08584.htm 
 Reference:  Hewlett, Richard G., and Francis Duncan. Nuclear Navy, 1946-1962. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974, pages 278-281. 
 Date:  02 August 1962 
 Subject(s):  S4W | S3W | USS Seadragon (SSN-584) | USS Skate (SSN-578) | Naval Reactors 
 Type:  Image 
 Format:  JPEG 
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