This Day in Submarine History

 15 February 1960 – USS Triton (SSRN) 586 under the command of Captain Edward L. Beach, departed New London. Before leaving the crew was advised to file their taxes and make any arrangements required for the next couple of months. Once the sub dove it would remain underwater for 83 days and 10 hours as it completed a circumnavigation of the world while never surfacing. The actual time to circumnavigate the world was 60 days and 21 hours; the extra 23 days was submerged travel from Groton, Connecticut to the starting point of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Rocks in the South Atlantic along with a return to Groton from the finish.

© Gregg Smith

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