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    Posted: 13 May 2019 at 9:08pm
What submarine was nicknamed "Fat Albert' during it's design stage?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltiDawg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 May 2019 at 9:46am
Just prior to my arrival at NAVSEA in 1981, Fat Albert was the President's alternative (cheaper) plan to building SSN-688s.

It was not a term I ever heard nor used. (Again 1981-1984.)  I fully supported Rickover's 688 Class.  (Of, course Admiral Rickover and Admiral White were both squeezed out during this time.)

The name may have evolved into a variant of the SSN(X)? 


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That is the story I heard.  The SSN(X) which I think evolved to SSN-21 (for lack of other guidance) thence to Seawolf which for a time might have been 'Lonewolf' was a most confusing time in the design and design specifications writing time. 
The Los Angeles class proved to be a long lasting and robust design. 
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