Birth of the Boomers 2

Happy New Year from TLS

I have been doing a lot of research on my WW2 projects and came across a great source of information.

The Navy publishes a monthly magazine that dates back to the 1920’s under a variety of names including “All Hands Magazine”.

Now for something completely different

I was thinking about how submarines have changed and of course one of the real milestones in submarine operations was the creation of the Polaris Program. This is one of those game changing moments in many ways. While the boats were built using methods that dated to the Fleet Boats, the marriage of a new power and propulsion system and brand new form of weapon fundamentally changed submarine warfare as well as global warfare. While earlier systems had been developed to attack the enemy ships and territory (Regulas for instance) Polaris provided a multiple survivable weapon that would be difficult to detect.

From the Nautilus on, submarines had already proven their new stealth technology. No longer would boats be required to come to the surface (or near to the surface while snorkeling) on a regular basis. These new vessels became true submarines in the sense that they could operate for months at a time and perform all of their designated missions. These boats could provide enough air and water and habitability was greatly improved. Most importantly though, the purpose of the boat was more than adequately met. The 41 for Freedom boats would contribute greatly to the winning of the Cold War (at least the first one).

The USS George Washington SSBN 598 was commissioned on December 30, 1959. The January “All Hands Magazine” chronicled the development of the weapons systems and boats that would follow as the nation geared up for this newest phase of the Cold War. The engineering and production capabilities that were needed to accomplish these tasks stand as monuments to American ingenuity to this day.

Here is the link to the article.

http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/archpdf/ah196001.pdf

Enjoy the read

Mister Mac

 

2 comments

  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU & FAMILY MISTER MAC.

    As you already know, I was NEVER on a SUB underway. I Was A SEABEE and in an outfit that did a lot for the Submariners.

    THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE,
    CHECKOUT Mister Mac article,

    “AFDB-7 Los Alamos Holy Loch Scotland “IN THE BEGINNING…”

    There, you will find an article that I wrote, and Mister Mac put on his Blog on April 4, 2014. I was a member of MCB-4 DETACHMENT KILO, and we erected a WW II era Floating Dry-dock in 1961 that was used for the Polaris Submarines for THIRTY YEARS. in HOLY LOCH, SCOTLAND.

    BUT HERE’S THE “KICKER”,

    I helped put it together in 1961,
    AND MISTER MAC helped TAKE IT A PART THIRTY (30) YEARS LATER AS THE DOCKING OFFICER.
    (He might want to write “That Story” and include it on “theleansubmariner”.

    The floating dry-dock is still in service in BROWNSVILLE, TX under civilian control.

    I hope 2018 is good to you and your endeavors throughout this NEW YEAR Mister Mac !!!
    God Bless You and the USA.
    Norm

    • Happy New Year to you as well Norm. The work that you all did made a tremendous impact on the Nation’s security even though most people may never understand how or why. I will indeed write a few words on the Los Alamos this year. In case I had not sent this to you before, here is a link to an article about the Site from ALL Hands Magazine in 1985 http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/archpdf/ah198512.pdf
      Blessings
      Mac

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