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    Saturday, September 24, 2022

    Sub central: Visiting the submarine museum in Groton

    The US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Chief Petty Officer Soleman Leo, of the Indonesian Navy, looks at a display of models of the different classes of submarines Saturday, July 23, 2022, while visiting the US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton. The men are participating in a Naval Submarine School class for a few weeks a the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Craig Buckley, front, of Dexter, Mich. and his brothers, Kent, of Greenwich, and Ross, partially blocked from view, of Atlanta, Ga., walk around the USS X-1 (SSX-1), the first “midget” submarine for the U.S. Navy, while visiting the US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    A “GATO” Class Submarine model on display hangs from the ceiling Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the US Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Groton has earned its nickname as the Submarine Capital of the World, thanks to the subs built at Electric Boat and operated out of the Sub Base.

    Since that is central to the city’s identity, if you want to know Groton, you have to go to the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum. While that might sound like an assignment, it won’t feel like work; the museum is a fascinating spot where you’ll learn a lot.

    There is everything from a “midget” sub to torpedoes to a model showing what the interior of a Gato-class sub looks like, along with info about various aspects of this arm of the military service. The museum is promoting the New Augmented Reality Exhibit, with computer-generated virtual content.

    Alas, the Nautilus, the first operational nuclear-powered sub, is undergoing maintenance, so visitors can’t go onboard. It’s scheduled return in September.

    The U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, 1 Crystal Lake, Groton; hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, but closed Tuesdays; free admission; 1-800-343-0079.

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