ADMIRAL HYMAN G. RICKOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 217952
HYMAN G. RICKOVER Rickover signed this typed letter while at sea on USS Queenfish letterhead to Congressman Thomas E. Morgan after the sub's sea trials in 1966. Typed letter signed "H.G. Rickover". 1 page, 7¾x10¼, on letterhead of USS Queenfish c/o Fleet Post Office, New York City.
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HYMAN G. RICKOVER
Rickover signed this typed letter while at sea on USS Queenfish letterhead to Congressman Thomas E. Morgan after the sub's sea trials in 1966.
Typed letter signed "H.G. Rickover". 1 page, 7¾x10¼, on letterhead of USS Queenfish c/o Fleet Post Office, New York City. Written "At Sea/North Atlantic", Oct. 25, 1966. Addressed to the Honorable Thomas E. Morgan, U. S. House of Representatives. This letter was written after the first sea trials of the USS Queenfish, the U. S. Navy's 25th nuclear attack submarine in a total submarine fleet (at that time) of 64. Rickover discusses the sub's mission and goes into detail about its namesake, SS264, which sank nine Japanese ships during World War II. The USS Queenfish, also designated SSN-651, was a Sturgeon-class nuclear attack submarine. Her keel was laid on May 11, 1964, and the sub was commissioned on Dec. 6, 1964. One of her highlights was a mission below the Arctic polar ice pack to map the Siberian continental shelf. She was decommissioned on April 14, 1995. Rickover often mentioned the namesakes or predecessors of nuclear submarines in his letters. For whatever reason, he neglected to mention the first American sub to carry the name USS Queenfish: a Balao-class sub that sunk five ships on its own and participated in a group attack that sunk eight more in the Pacific theatre during World War II. 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. Democrat THOMAS E. MORGAN (1906-1995, born in Ellsworth, Pennsylvania) represented Pennsylvania in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1945 to 1977. From 1959-1975, Morgan was the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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