National Affairs: Underwater Promise

Up the Thames River to the New London (Conn.) naval base last week purred the black nuclear submarines Seawolf and Skate, home from record-breaking underwater trips. Seawolf, with 100 men aboard, had covered 10,200 miles submerged, stayed below one long stretch of 30 days, 5 minutes. Skate, with 95 men aboard, had gone 8,727 miles under water, beat Seawolf in an informal competition by staying down 31 days, 5 hours, 30 minutes. Throughout, Seawolf and Skate performed their secret missions in such a routine way that they won a "well done" from Chief of Naval Operations Arleigh Burke. Said Burke, in...

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