ARMED FORCES: The Killer Whales

At fit-out docks in two New England ports last week, weird green-painted boats lay shrouded in secrecy. Yard workmen swarmed along their bulging sides, finishing up their hulls, cramming their innards full of deadly equipment. One bore the name Trigger, the other the name Tang. They were the first of six new, fast attack submarines built for the U.S. Navy.

Shorter by 50 feet than the lean, 310-foot fleet "boats" of World War II, the new Tang-class subs looked like a cross between a whale and a shark. Gone was the familiar deck...

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