ARMED FORCES: Atoms Aweigh

Sailors in orange life preservers over foul-weather gear bustled through the routine tasks of taking a sub to sea at Groton, Conn, one morning last week. When the Nautilus had quietly backed into the Thames River, made a smooth 180° turn and started pushing its massive, whalelike snout south toward Long Island Sound, the abovedeck crew relaxed and waved to the workers lining the docks. At n a.m. on Jan. 17, the Nautilus' blinker snapped out a historic message: "Under way on nuclear power." The crew—and more than 60 special officers and...

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