Nuclear Submarines - My Life Underwater [S-20-39]

Presenter:Tom Butcher
Location: SUNY Potsdam: Maxcy 104
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 1:00 PM 04/13, 04/20

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This course will provide an overview of the evolution of the US submarine force from 1900 to the present. It includes a discussion of the transition from diesel to nuclear power, with the Nautilus being the first nuclear powered “boat.” We will look at the role of our submarines in World War II and the Cold war. Then, we will talk about the layout and operation of a submarine…diving/surfacing, and other important parts of a daily routine at sea. Many “evolutions and events” will be drawn from the presenter’s experiences while he spent about a year and a half underwater on his boat during the early 1970s. From 1972-75, Tom served as the Supply Officer on the USS Bergall [SSN667], a nuclear fast attack submarine.

Tom Butcher moved to the North Country three years ago to be close to family. He is a Financial Adviser with Northwestern Mutual.

NOTE:Blind Man’s Bluff” is an excellent book that chronicles the role of US submarines in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Cap: 60

Cap: 60

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