The Silent Service. Whether fast-attack SSNs or ballistic missile subs (SSBNs), all current boats are powered by nuclear reactors and have extensive wartime capabilities. With the end of the Cold War, these sentinels of the deep have evolved to perform new missions, but always with the same stealth that has been their hallmark. We've just added the latest and greatest! We now are offering the terrific profile drawings by George Bieda of both Seawolf Class and Virginia Class nuke attack boats.
This doesn't mean, however, that we've forgotten the old "Diesel Boats Forever" sailors. We offer these also, in their fleet configurations, as well as witrh all the modifications. SSRs and SSGs are also included.
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USS Narwhal SSN 671 - Adm Rickover's Pet Project, The Ultra-Quiet Boat
USS Narwhal SSN 671 was a very unique submarine. Although built as part of the Sturgeon Class in the late 1960s, very little of the NARWHAL’s design was based on the design of other boats in that class of nuclear-powered attack submarine. Her propulsion plant was one of her unique features. It was based on the ability to scoop seawater in through inlets on the rear stabilizer fins, and use this as coolant for the natural circulation (rather than pressurized) reactor plant. This, along with the small reactor coolant pumps, and a directly coupled turbine, made her the quietest submarine of the era. This is all very reminiscent of the Russian submarine featured in Tom Clancy’s novel “Red October.” Much of the information used to accurately portray NARWHAL is this profile drawing by George Bieda came from a member of her commissioning crew (a Plank Owner). Many of NARWHAL’s features were incorporated into the Ohio Class boats. These remained the quietest class of sub until the advent of the Seawolf Class.
There is little information available about NAWHAL’s career. She often operated in Arctic waters, shadowing Soviet vessels. With her stealth capability, it is considered likely that she was used for intercepting Soviet communications, and observing fleet operations close to Soviet shores. During her career, she received numerous commendations and awards for battle and engineering efficiency. For further information on this unique boat, we recommend you visit the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Narwahl_(SSN-671).
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USS Thomas A. Edison SSBN/SSN 610 - 2008
Crewmembers and their families will be getting together during the third week of May in this lovely location for the 2008 Reunion of the ship. The THOMAS A. EDISON was commissioned on 10 March 1962 as a ballistic missile submarine, and served in this capacity until 1980, when her missile launch tubes were filled with concrete. On 6 October 1980 she was redesignated as a nuclear attack submarine, SSN 610. She was decommissioned on 1 December 1983.
With the assistance of members of the Reunion Committee, our profile artist, George Bieda, has produced 3 profile drawings of the USS Thomas A. Edison that represent the major configurations of the ship during her life. We have made these drawings available at the Reunion, and are pleased to also offer them here. The 3 drawings are pictured below -
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At no extra charge, we will add up to 3 lines of personalization to your drawing. This will be placed in the center, under the U.S. flag. Several examples of personalization follow:
You can use all three lines, or just one or two, the choice is yours!
Place your order using the form below, or give us a call on our toll-free number (888-465-5389). A percentage of the proceeds of each sale of these drawings will be donated to the Reunion Commitee, so you can get yourself a piece of history, and help out the Reunion Committee at the same time!
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