Defense: 41 Aweigh

Mrs. Hubert Humphrey smashed a champagne bottle against the flag-draped hull, and the 425-ft. U.S.S. Will Rogers slid down the ways into the Thames River. Thus the 41st—and last —nuclear-powered Polaris missile submarine was launched last week in the General Dynamics Corporation's yards at Groton, Conn. For the U.S., it marked the end of a historically successful effort to develop seapower able to strike any target on earth.

The program began in 1955, when President Eisenhower directed the Navy to adapt the Army's liquid-fuel Jupiter missile for use on surface ships. This...