First Underwater Circumnavigation of the World (USS TRITON)
picture of a Cebuano fisherman onboard a small vessel looking down at a
periscope sticking out in the water of Mactan was captured in the pages
of National Geographic and other publication in the '60's. It was a single
man on a paddle against the underwater steel man of war powered by twin
nuclear reactors (the only one of its kind). The inside the submarines
were the most disciplined technician and engineers who later were recruited
to run most of the commercial nuclear plants in the United States. They
were schooled and trained to perfection. I mean even half sleep the crew
can perform their job. The USS Triton was on its epic making first underwater
circumnavigation of the world. It was at the height of the cold war when
nuclear propulsion was relatively unknown to the Soviet that made the expedition
highly classified on the onset . US Navy was trying to prove that an underwater
craft would be able to circumnavigate the world without anyone seeing.
. Rufino Banting had compromised the journey where detection is the name
of the submarine warfare. Instant replay of the tradition of Lapu-lapu.
The 19 years old from Engano, Mactan had his fifteen minutes of fame when
he was later tracked down for the story.
is all trivia now but I am looking for Mr. Banting or someone who can interview
him. He should be around his 60's by now. Anyone from Cebu or Mactan should
be able to find his whereabouts.
not a nuclear engineer by any means but there were times when I spent six
months of the year living inside a nuclear submarine. I provided some logistic
support and my office was actually less than 10 feet from the nuclear reactor
because thats where they found a void space for me. I carried a film badge
that measured my maximum exposure that indicated less than what I get from
watching TV. The gadget was later improved to measure the cumulated exposure
which I think was better indication. At any rate the fear of nuclear energy
and warhead might have deterred the Soviet for they were certainly behind
during those times. Whatever debate about the safety of nuclear energy
will continue but one thing that is sure, it is it not only the most efficient
source but all the cheapest. You can also say the same on nuke warheads
since you don't need a large military forces for the delivery system.
My active sonar is only pinging on Rufino Banting echoes right now so I can add a first hand report from anyone from the area who can ask him what he discovered that day.
For less than 100 feet below him was one of the proto type of early nuclear reactor.
Submarine school...Nlon CT
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