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    Posted: 12 Oct 2020 at 6:11pm
The U.S. Submarine Force has commissioned more than 700 submarines in its 120-year history. Today we celebrate the very first!

USS Holland (SS 1) was commissioned on this day 120 years ago, on October 12, 1900. Irish-American inventor John Philip Holland designed and constructed the innovative vessel, which included all the major components of a modern submarine: dual propulsion systems, a fixed center of gravity, separate main and auxiliary ballast systems, a hydrodynamic shape, and a modern weapons system.

The U.S. Navy purchased USS Holland in April 1900 for $165,000 (about $4.7 million today) and ordered seven more Holland-type boats that became the Navy’s A-class of submarines.
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