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    1st Submarine to Circumnavigate the Globe Submerged - USS Triton (SSRN/SSN-586). The USS Triton (SSRN-586) was the fourth vessel and the second submarine named for the Greek god Triton, the son and messenger, or herald, for Poseidon. She was the only ship of her class and the only US nuclear submarine powered by two-reactors. When commissioned in 1959, she was the largest, most powerful and most expensive submarine ever built. Her greatest accomplishment was a submerged circumnavigation of the globe conducted between February 24 and April 25, 1960.

    This ensign from the Triton is a 28" X 55", wool bunting, 48-star, double applique, sewn stripe, finished with a header and four wartime metal grommets. The ensign is marked on the lower obverse hoist, "U.S.S. Triton" and on the upper hoist, "US ENS 11." Affixed to the hoist is a paper note reading, "CARRIED BY THE U.S.S. TRITON SUBMERGED FOR 83 DAYS AROUND THE WORLD." It is signed "Capt. Edward L. Beach." Beach, the Triton's skipper, was a highly decorated WWII submarine veteran and former naval aide to President Dwight D, Eisenhower.

    Although conceived and launched as a navy radar picket submarine, Triton's mission was rendered moot by the development of airborne early warning aircraft. After her circumnavigation she conducted operational patrols and training exercises with the Atlantic Fleet. In 1962, she underwent conversion into an attack submarine and modifications to serve as the flagship for Atlantic submarine forces.

    Re-designated as USS Triton (SSN-586). She continued to serve the Atlantic fleet until 1967 when defense budget concerns forced a cutback in the U.S. fleet. She was retired in 1969, the first US nuclear submarine to be decommissioned. Triton's sail superstructure was saved from the nuclear recycling process and is now part of the USS Triton Submarine Memorial Park located in Richland, Washington.

    The ensign carried aboard the Triton represents an opportunity for a submarine, early nuclear navy, circumnavigation, early Cold War, or Edward "Ted" Beach collector.

    The Triton was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with Operation Sandblast device for the 1st Global Circumnavigation and the U.S. Navy Unit Commendation.

    Condition: The ensign of the Triton, is in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled and stained. The grommets are rusted, but the flag is otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.


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