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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

The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, The USS Enterprise, Was Launched This Day 57-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CVN-65)

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Same Wikipedia as above.

It was — and still is — the LONGEST naval craft EVER BUILT!

That it still holds that record is amazing.

The ‘Big E’. I was 7-years old when this was launched. I think I remember hearing about it in Ceylon.

Was NOT the first nuclear-powered naval vessel. That was, of course, the USS Nautilus, launched 5-years earlier.

That the ‘Big-E’ still remains the longest naval vessel is worth thinking about.

Other thing interesting is that was the 6th USS Enterprise — superseding CV-6, an aircraft carrier too, that had served during WW II — up until 1947.

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by Anura Guruge

USS Nautilus, World’s 1st Nuclear Submarine, Was Decommissioned Today, March 3, In 1980.

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We got to visit USS Nautilus on December 31, 2016, in Groton, CT -- at the

We got to visit USS Nautilus on December 31, 2016, in Groton, CT — at the “Submarine Force Library & Museum”. Taken with my Sony a6000.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nautilus_(SSN-571)

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