: 365 to 393 tons
drive, two propeller
s, plus fore
: Single pressurized
Speed: 3.5 knots submerged
Maximum Operating Depth
Brief Description: in 1964 Admiral Rickover
conceived the idea of a nuclear
-powered research submersible
. The United States Navy
considered the idea worth pursuing, and in 1969 the NR-1 was launched into service. As far as is know, there has never been another NR-1 built.
The Navy kept her classified
, and denied the existence of the NR-1, and when she was spotted, they reported erroneous
information to the involved parties. This was done to hide some of the special features, the fixed mast
with television camera
(used as a periscope
), and the forward and aft tires (used to traverse
the ocean floor
), and the specially designed moveable arms.
She is still in service, and is used by the Navy primarily for underwater exploration
, and special operations
missions. She is expected to be in service until approximately 2010 or later.
Resources: United States Navy Declassified Files/Naval Records
A lot of information on this vessel is still classified.