ARMED FORCES: The Fastest Submarine

At 5:20 one recent morning, a naval officer in civilian dress stepped off a train at a fog-shrouded New England seaport and climbed into a waiting limousine. The car sped through the quiet streets and out into the misty countryside. A short while later, in a well-guarded brick building, the Navy man was speaking in harshly urgent tones to a handful of scientists and shipbuilders gathered around a conference table. The officer's name: Captain Hyman George Rickover. His job: to direct the building of the U.S. Navy's first atomic submarine.

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