NR-1 To Become Museum Boat?
I fully support this initiative from "Team Connecticut":
When its service ends, NR-1 will go to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where its fuel will be removed, and then to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington, where its nuclear reactor will be removed and the ship dismantled. The pieces would be recycled or buried at a nuclear reservation in Washington.The NR-1 is a really remarkable piece of technology, and it would be completely appropriate to keep it available for future generations to appreciate.
It would be “cut up into unrecognizable chunks,” said Michael Riegel, executive director of the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association. “That's the part we're trying to avoid.”
Riegel and David Goebel, president of the museum association, convened the meeting of NR-1 supporters Thursday to formulate a strategy for bringing the submarine back to Groton once the reactor is removed.
Their hope is that NR-1 will become a part of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum, which is already home to the USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world's first nuclear-powered submarine.
The state and local officials, museum representatives, Electric Boat employees and current and former NR-1 officers discussed the Navy's response to their initial inquiries about NR-1's future, options for expanding the museum and the possibility of securing some of the submarine's parts, including the sail, before it heads to the West Coast.