National Affairs: 12,005 Leagues Under The Sea

AN extraordinary accomplishment," said the President of the U.S., and so saying, he pinned a Legion of Merit on the much-decorated chest of Navy Captain Edward Latimer Beach last week. Ned Beach, 42, had just made the kind of history that even Presidents can envy: under his command the world's largest submarine, the nuclear, 3O-knot-plus U.S.S. Triton, had completed the first underwater circumnavigation of the globe.

Nominally, the trip was a shakedown cruise, but in laying down the global underseas voyage, the Navy also prescribed a variety of psychological experiments for the crew, as...

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