In this day of great public preoccupation with and concern as to the implications of the space satellite, it is well to consider the Significance of another vehicle, the submerged satellite, which has also demonstrated its ability to circle the globe numerous times. Whereas the first object, profound though it is as a technological achievement, has no present military capability, the second, in being for some years, does indeed have such a capability. In addition, it has the great advantage that it bears on board and is constantly controlled by that most discriminating of guidance systems—human intelligence. Though accomplishments of the Nautilus have captured the public imagination to an unprecedented degree, the sense of mystery associated with the unseen operations of submarines has led to conjecture and speculation that have often swung wide of the true implications of nuclear propulsion in both pro- and anti-submarine applications.
The Future of Nuclear-Powered Submarines
By Rear Admiral I. J. Galantin, USN