Anderson, William, CAPT

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112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
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Line Officer
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1961-1962, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
Service Years
1942 - 1962
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Order of the Golden Dragon
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Cold War

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Kent Weekly (SS/DSV) (DBF), EMCS to remember Anderson, William (CO USS Nautilus), CAPT USN(Ret).

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Alexandria, VA

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Feb 25, 2007
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Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

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As the second commanding officer of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), Captain William Anderson made the first voyage in history from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the North Pole. On 3 August 1958, at a depth of 400 feet, Nautilus passed beneath the Polar ice cap.
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Training Exercise - Strike Back '57
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Exercise Strikeback was a major naval exercise of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that took place over a ten-day period in September 1957.

As part of a series of exercises to simulate an all-out Soviet attack on NATO, Exercise Strikeback was tasked with two objectives. Its initial objective was the deployment of NATO's naval forces (designated the "Blue Fleet") against other NATO forces attempting to simulate an "enemy" navy that featured a large number of submarines (designated the "Orange Fleet"). Its other objective was to have the Blue Fleet execute carrier-based air strikes against "enemy" formations and emplacements along NATO's northern flank in Norway.

Exercise Strikeback involved over 200 warships, 650 aircraft, and 75,000 personnel from the United States Navy, the Royal Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, the French Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy, and the Royal Norwegian Navy. As the largest peacetime naval operation up to that time, military analyst Hanson W. Baldwin of the New York Times said Exercise Strikeback gathered "the strongest striking fleet assembled since World War II."

Operation Strikeback and the other concurrent NATO exercises held during the fall of 1957 would be the most ambitious military undertaking for the alliance to date, involving more than 250,000 men, 300 ships, and 1,500 aircraft operating from Norway to Turkey.
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3 September-22 October 1957, to take part in NATO's Operation Strike Back, the largest peacetime naval exercise up to that time in history. Strike Back involved some 150 ships from six countries (Canada, The Netherlands, France, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) including nine large aircraft carriers: HMS Ark Royal, HMS Eagle, HMS Bulwark, USS Forrestal (CVA-59), USS Saratoga (CVA-60), USS Essex (CVA-9), USS Intrepid (CVA-11), USS Wasp (CVS-18) and USS Tarawa (CVS-40).

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  5 Also There at This Battle:
  • Hechler, Art, PO3, (1956-1962)
  • Kraft, Bruce, PO3, (1955-1957)
  • Moerland, Leonard, SCPO, (1954-1974)
  • Zwonitzer, Gary, PO2, (1955-1959)
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