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Rickover signed this typed letter while at sea on USS Nimitz letterhead to Col. R. D. Heinl after the aircraft carrier's sea trials in 1975. Typed letter signed "H.G. Rickover" in blue ink.

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Rickover signed this typed letter while at sea on USS Nimitz letterhead to Col. R. D. Heinl after the aircraft carrier's sea trials in 1975.
Typed letter signed "H.G. Rickover" in blue ink. 4 pages, 8½x11, single-sided sheets, on letterhead of USS Nimitz, Fleet Post Office, New York City. Written "At Sea/North Atlantic", March 3, 1975. Addressed to Col. R. D. Heinl, Detroit News. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope from Rickover's personalized USS Nimitz stationery. Postmarked on the USS Nimitz, March 3, 1975. Addressed to the Col. R. D. Heinl, Detroit News, National Press Building, Washington, DC. With three stamps affixed. Lightly toned and creased. Flap was neatly opened with no visible paper loss. Otherwise in fine condition. This letter was written after the first seat trials of the USS Nimitz, the U. S. Navy's second nuclear aircraft carrier. At the time, the Navy had 14 aircraft carriers, including eight post-World War II Forrestal-class oil-fired carriers, five World War II-era carriers and the nuclear Enterprise. Rickover discusses the sub's mission and goes into detail about its namesake, World War II Admiral Chester Nimitz. He also discusses the ship's mission. In part: "The Soviets recognize the importance of becoming the world's strongest sea power. We have now chosen not to challenge them with numbers of ships. For this reason it is essential that the ships we do build are the most powerful and effective we know how to build." The USS Nimitz's keel was laid down on June 22, 1968, and she was commissioned on May 3, 1975. She has seen her share of fighting, including in Libya's Gulf of Sidra during 1981 and in support of Operation: Desert Storm and Operation: Iraqi Freedom. She's also seen tragedy. One of her Prowler electronic warfare planes crashed into the flight deck on May 26, 1981, killing 14 crewmen and injuring 45. Head of the United States Navy's electrical division in World War II, HYMAN G. RICKOVER (1900-1986, born in Makov, Russia) moved to the Atomic Energy Commission in 1947 and developed the first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, in 1954. He presided over the build-up of the U.S. nuclear-powered Navy. He also presided over the construction of the one-of a kind, super-secret NR-1 nuclear submarine. Despite cost overruns during its development, which earned the wrath of the General Accounting Office, the NR-1 fulfilled Rickover's fondest hopes. The story of the craft has now been told in Dark Waters: An Insider's Account of the NR-1, the Cold War's Undercover Nuclear Submarine by Don Davis and original crewmember Lee Vyborny (2002). Rickover was promoted to rear admiral in 1953, vice-admiral in 1959 and admiral in 1973.

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