Once upon a day nuclear power was the answer to the future.  It could provide a seemingly endless supply of power.  It was relatively cheap over the long run. And it could allow men to stay under water for years at a time – should they desire.

Today I came across my first submarine, commissioned in 1963, decommissioned in 1990, and my home from 1980-1985.

Today her power plant, that technology of tomorrow sits, unable to rest until well after my years have passed.

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If you look very closely you’ll see I’ve indicated her waiting place.  Some day she will reach her half-life.

By the way I have no idea how many years ago this photo was taken but this is where the heart of nuclear submarines go when they are no more.  Someday that grave will be covered.

Fair thee well ex-USS James Monroe SSBN 622 as you wait for the future.

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