May 10

USS Triton Circumnavigates the Globe

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:51 AM


May, 10th 1960

USS Triton (SSRN-586) completes first submerged circumnavigation of the world (Operation Sandblast) in 84 days following many of the routes taken by Magellan and cruising 46,000 miles. At the time of commission, Triton was the largest and most expensive submarine in the world.

Above is Captain Beach mapping the circumnavigation and below is a letter from Captain Beach to Commander Greene of the US Naval Institute in 1960 during Triton’s voyage.

  • Dave Boe

    As a member of the crew that made the cruise on Triton I can hardly believe it’s been 51 years. I was a young sailor 19 years of age. Proud and honored to have shared this historic event with so many great shipmates, many who I am still in touch with.

  • Chris Munson

    I would love to correspond with anyone who was on the circumnavigation. My Dad, Capt. H.G. Munson, planned the route as part of his duties as Commander Hydrographic Office. I have the bronze AYE NOBLIS DUX – ITERUM FACTUM EST (HAIL NOBLE CAPTAIN IT IS DONE AGAIN) plaque that Triton presented to him in my office. My
    email is (leave spaces out) c m l a 2 0 1 0 @ g m a i l . c o m

  • George

    Wow Dave.. great to see your comment..

    George marikas
    Maritime & Shipping Career and Education

  • Carlos Barba

    Dear Sir , I am glad to have seen your comment, I would like to contact you because we are preparing an exhibition on USS.Triton . For if it is of interest to my email it is [email protected]

  • Carlos Barba