Overview of Nuclear Submarine Inactivation and Scrapping/Recycling in the United States

  • Admiral M. MacKinnonIII
  • J. G. Burritt
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASDT, volume 8)


This paper describes the methods used in the United States to inactivate, scrap, and dispose of nuclear submarines. A brief background discussion will be found. The sequences of inactivation, the cutting of the submarine hull and superstructure, the removal of systems and components, and the handling of resulting material, both recyclable/resalable and hazardous/non-hazardous wastes, will be discussed. Environmental issues will also be discussed.


Hazardous Material Ballistic Missile Shot Blasting Nuclear Submarine Recycling Program 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Admiral M. MacKinnonIII
    • 1
  • J. G. Burritt
    • 2
  1. 1.MSCL, Inc.AlexandriaUSA
  2. 2.Virginia BeachUSA

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