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A little history.... USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered warship, was launched in Groton, Connecticut on January 21, 1954. I was barely 1-month old at the time. Nautilus was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover, the irascible and uncompromising director of Naval Reactors: [Side note: Known as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy”, Rickover's total of 63 years of active duty service make him the longest-serving naval officer, as well as the longest-serving member of the U.S armed forces in history. For more o