U.S. Military Might on Display
Discover the history of U.S. Navy submarines on postage stamps and First Day Covers.
Issue Date: March 27, 2000
City: Groton, CT
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Lithographed
Before nuclear-powered engines were built, American submarines were unable to remain underwater for long periods of time. A true "underwater ship" did not exist until a more efficient fuel source was found. Today, nuclear-powered submarines, like those of the Los Angeles class, can stay underwater for months. The USS Hyman G. Rickover is on the "Los Angeles class" postage stamp. Rickover's efforts were instrumental in bringing nuclear power to U.S. subs. The hull number of the sub, 709, is seen below the flag on the sail.