- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine is turning 60 on Tuesday.

The Nautilus was christened on Jan. 21, 1954, by first lady Mamie Eisenhower before a crowd of 20,000 people in Groton.

The submarine built by Electric Boat could travel faster and farther than any other submarine and would become the first ship to cross the North Pole in 1958.

The vessel was decommissioned in 1980 and, since 1986 it has been the centerpiece of a museum dedicated to the submarine force in Groton.


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