ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
September 30, 1954
The USS Nautilus, the Worlds First
Nuclear-Powered Submarine is Commissioned
On this day in 1954, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was commissioned for the United States Navy. Its commander was
Eugene P. Wilkinson.
The submarine was built by General Dynamics and was powered by the S2W naval reactor produced for the Navy by
Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
The USS Nautilus was also the first submarine to cross the North Pole without surfacing. This voyage was ironically
named "Operation Sunshine".