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Forget Rob Porter’s Security Clearance, Takis Veliotis Who Was In Charge Of Building U.S. Nuclear Submarines Was Not Even A U.S. Citizen!

by Anura Guruge

P. Takis Veliotis, EVP, General Dynamics & General Manager, Electric Boat Division.

I kid you not.

P. Takis Veliotis was appointed General Manager of General Dynamics’Electric Boat Division” on October 24, 1977.

Electric Boat Division, which had built USS Nautilus, World’s 1st Nuclear Submarine, had an ongoing contract with the U.S. Navy to build a slew of nuclear submarines.

At the time Veliotis took over as GM he, originally from Greece, had Canadian citizenship.

He was also taking huge kickbacks and bribes from contractors in his prior jobs.

There was NO WAY he could have passed a proper FBI background check, let alone get the necessary clearance!

But, nonetheless, he headed up “Electric Boat” for quite a FEW YEARS prior to becoming naturalized.

He spoke with the legendary Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “Father Of the U.S. Nuclear Navy”, multiple times a day. Rickover, famed for his attention to detail, never spotted this.

Check this out. It is pretty amazing.

I discovered this while reading the book “Running Critical” early last year. We had visited the OUTSTANDING “Submarine Force Library & Museum” in Groton, Connecticut — a few miles from Mystic during our stay at ‘Mohegan Sun’ for New Year 2017. I had become intrigued about finding out more about the history of submarines. The author of this book, a veteran journalist, just mentions the citizenship in PASSING! To this day I do not understand why he did not talk about it. This has to have been one of the biggest security lapses in U.S. history and there must have been a few. {Smile}

So, Rob Porter is by no means an isolated incident.

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by Anura Guruge

Have You Heard Of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “Father Of the U.S. Nuclear Navy”?

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

No. I had never heard of him — but then again I am not an aficionado of any navy or for that matter armed forces in general.

I came across Admiral Hyman G. Rickover at the EXCELLENT “Submarine Force Library & Museum” in Groton, Connecticut — a few miles from Mystic during our stay at ‘Mohegan Sun‘ for the New Year.

The whole area around Mystic is famous for its submarines. That I knew.

Finding and visiting this Museum, which has the original nuclear-powered ‘Nautilus‘, SSN 571, was serendipitous.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, New Year’s Eve, we were driving around Mystic taking in the sights when the sign to the museum caught my eye. I knew that they would, at a minimum, have a few submarines on display outside. I was not disappointed. PLUS, IT IS FREE. Our tax money at work — in the best possible way.

Great, WONDERFUL museum. Very well done. Kudos. Bravo. Yes, I will do a post on it — with more pictures.

I have been inside at least two submarines — at museums, of course. So, I am not a total stranger to submarines and what it is like to be inside one. So, for I, the MOST interesting this I learned at this museum was about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. What a guy. Intriguing and inspirational.

Reminded me of General Leslie Groves & Robert Oppenheimer who together made the U.S. atomic bomb a reality. Exceptional men.

rickoverI ordered a book on Rickover that same day. I probably will get a couple more books. Folks like that truly inspire me.

Check him out. Wikipedia has a decent write-up. He is the only person who has ever been awarded two Congressional Gold Medals! Wow. 63-years of ACTIVE duty. They forced him to retire when he was 80. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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by Anura Guruge