The United States 3,260-ton nuclear submarine Seawolf surfaced in calm Atlantic waters off New London, Connecticut, October 6, after a record-breaking 60 days under water.
LS. "SEA WOLF" BEGINS TO SURFACE.
"SEA WOLF" SURFACES.
"SEA WOLF" SURFACED--BLIMP IN BACKGROUND.
HELICOPTER COMES TO "SEA WOLF".
MS. RICKOVER AND CAPTAIN.
CROWD--WIVES AND FAMILIES.
MC. WIVES AND CHILDREN.
"SEA WOLF" TIME UP--FAMILIES IN FOREGROUND.
MS. WOMAN AND CHILDREN.
MS. MAN WAVES TO "SEA WOLF".
WATER-PAN UP TO MISSING PLATE.
CROWD--"SEA WOLF" IN BACKGROUND.
CAPTAIN LEAVES "SEA WOLF".
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Background: The United States 3,260-ton nuclear submarine Seawolf surfaced in calm Atlantic waters off New London, Connecticut, October 6, after a record-breaking 60 days under water.
As Seawolf came to the surface the 116-mon crew stood by for their first breaths of fresh air since August 7. Nearby the 2,980-ton Nautilus, first submarine to pass under the North Pole, radiced congratulations to the vessel which had just doubled the previous underwater record set up last May by Skate (2,400 tons and second under the Pole).
A few minutes after surfacing, Seawolf's captain, Commander Richard Laning, emerged from the conning tower, He had radiced in advice: "This voyage has proved the feasibility of protracted flights in 'inner space'". He said later the trip could have lasted for another 30 days.
For almost an hour before she surfaced spectators could see Seawolf's periscope outing through the waves. After surfacing at 11.45 a.m.-60 days to the minute after the diving signal-she was accompanied into New London harbour by a ship with a band on board.
In the harbour she received a tremendous welcome from other ships, which turned on sirens and fire hoses. Families and friends were waiting at the dockside.
During her 13,700-mile trip to nowhere, which she completed in a 200-mile radius, she suffered only minor damage-the loss of an unimportant deck plate.
The crew went about normal duties, and played table tennis in order to keep weight down.