UNITED STATES Atomic Powered Submarine
New York Times, Feb. 21.—America’s defense chiefs today were reported pushing plans for development of the world’s first atom-powered submarine—a project that might revolutionize naval warfare.
Theoretically, such an underseas craft would have an almost unlimited range.
Research on atom engines for airplanes was also reported progressing.
Secrecy surrounded both projects, but a well-posted informant said discussions were under way between the Navy and the Electric Boat Corporation of Groton, Conn., builder of many of the Navy’s submarines.
The Atomic Energy Commission disclosed that three Electric Boat technicians had been sent to attend “nuclear reactor” courses at the Oak Ridge, Tenn., atomic works.
An informant said the Navy-Electric Boat discussions were so far along that in all likelihood Congress would be asked to tack on new funds for the work in making up the Navy budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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