Supporting Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

USS TritonOn this date in history… May 10, 1960, the nuclear powered submarine USS Triton returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut after becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the Earth underwater.

QUESTION:

How long did it take the submarine USS Triton to circle the world underwater?

ANSWER:

60 days, 21 hours.

EXPLANATION:

Operation Sandblast was the code name for the first submerged circumnavigation of the world executed by the U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton. It was conducted on the sub’s shakedown cruise to enhance American technological and scientific prestige prior to the May 1960 Paris Summit between U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

The underwater circumnavigation took place between February 24 and April 25 1960 covering 26,723 nautical miles at an average speed of 18 knots (21 mph).  How long did it take?  The duration of the trip was 60 days and 21 hours.

Operation Sandblast Track

Triton was a first generation U.S. nuclear-powered submarine.  It was designed in the 1950’s to be a “radar picket” submarine to provide electronic surveillance and intelligence information for forward-deployed naval forces.

After operating for only two years, Triton‘s role as a radar picket submarine was made obsolete by the introduction of carrier-based early warning aircraft and she was converted to an attack submarine in 1962. She was decommissioned in 1969, becoming the first U.S. nuclear submarine to be taken out of service.

NET CHECK IN’s:

A total of 24 people checked into the Net tonight and of those, 2 had the correct answer to the Trivia Question.  Congratulations to:

  • Javier – KF6FFO
  • John – KD6JEV

A big thanks to everyone for helping us out and checking into the Net.

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