At 0600. dawn is breaking at Port Canaveral Beach. In the quiet Florida morning, there is little movement anywhere except on board two tugs and a long, cigar-shaped object half-submerged in the water: the USS Georgia (SSBN-729), fourth ship of the U. S. Navy's newest class of ballistic missile submarines that carry the Trident strategic missile. Lights on board the submarine jab through the morning haze as three topside parties work at various tasks. As the morning light grows stronger, the distinct shapes of men can be seen on deck, working lines and shouting orders. The two tugs, having nudged the 18,000-ton submarine away from her berth and into the harbor, break off and the Georgia gets under way on her own nuclear power.
Pictorial: A Trident's World
Photography by Chuck Feil. Text by Lieutenant (junior grade) Joseph DiRenzo Ill, U. S. Navy