Sea Orbit

Operation Sea Orbit

In 1964 the three nuclear powered surface craft, U.S.S. Enterprise (CVAN-65), U.S.S. Long Beach (CGN-9), and U.S.S. Bainbridge (DLGN-25) embarked on a sixty-five day cruise around the world. This YouTube video has a short description of the operation along with the history and role of nuclear power in the twentieth century and beyond.

The author of this article, a Reactor Tech, remembers the many stops during the cruise and recorded the ships' locations up to a South America location off Recife, Brazil. Next stop home base at Charleston, S.C.

One of the more satisfying events came as we were most of the way across the Pacific toward home, when the Old Man broke open our "good" stores, and we had a steak BBQ on the fantail watching the mouths on Long Beach and Enterprise water because they had consumed most of their palatable provisions long since.

Date

Latitude

Longitude

Note

     

Got our orders to travel around the globe while we were in the Mediterranean? Started out in Charleston, S.C.

July 30, 1964

37° 21´ N

00° 34.1´ W

Mediterranean between Algeria and Cartagena, Spain

31

35° 55.6´ N

5° 39.8´ W

Strait of Gibraltar

August 1

29° 10.6´ N

12° 48´ W

Off Morocco

2

21° 10´ N

18° 33.5´ W

Off Mauritania

3

13° 48´ N

18° 13.0´ W

Off Senegal

4

5° 55.6´ N

13° 23.5´ W

Off Sierra Leone

5

4° 20´ N

5° 15´ W

Off Liberia

6

00° 00´ N

00° 00´ W

Off Gabon, Equator Crossing at 00,00

7

10° 13.2´ S

4° 39.1´ E

Off Angola

8

17° 32.8´ S

8° 7.8´ E

Off Angola

9

26° 21.5´ S

12° 8.6´ E

Off Namibia

10

33° 5.0´ S

16° 46.5´ E

Cape Town

11

34° 19´ S

25° 16.1´ E

Off South Africa (Port Elizabeth)

12

28° 18´ S

33° 31.6´ E

Off South Africa

13

21° 0.9´ S

37° 53.2´ E

Off Madagascar (West)

14

12° 17´ S

41° 53´ E

Off Malawi

15

3° 15´ S

40° 47´ E

Off Kenya

16

2° 49´ N

47° 15´ E

Off Somalia (Mogadishu)

17

10° 35´ N

54° 18´ E

Off Somalia

18

17° 6´ N

59° 52´ E

Off Oman

19

21° 1´ N

63° 33´ E

Off Oman

20

24° 12´ N

66° 12´ E

Karachi, Pakistan

21

24° 12´ N

66° 12´ E

Karachi, Pakistan

22

24° 1´ N

66° 57´ E

Off India (Bombay)

23

16° 46´ N

73° 03´ E

Off India

24

8° 15´ N

76° 32´ E

Off South tip of India

25

2° 57´ N

82° 33´ E

Open sea between Sumatra and Africa

26

2° 2´ S

89° 28´ E

Off western Sumatra

27

6° 49´ S

96° 44´ E

Off western Sumatra

28

11° 32´ S

103° 47´ E

Near CoCos Islands

29

17° 17´ S

109° 4´ E

North of Port Hedland, Australia

30

25° 11´ S

112° 11´ E

Off West coast of Australia

31

31° 29´ S

115° 16´ E

South of Geraldine, Australia

September 1

   

Freemantle, Australia

2

   

Freemantle, Australia

3

36° 36´ S

121° 22´ E

Off Southwest coast of Australia

4

38° 22´ S

133° 29´ E

Off South coast of Australia

5

39° 0.3´ S

143° 49.7´ E

Between Melbourne and Tasmania

6

40° 11´ S

155° 25´ E

In Tasmanian Sea

7

40° 34´ S

166° 5´ E

West of New Zealand

8

   

Wellington, New Zealand

9

40° 23´ S

174° 22´ E

Off Wellington, New Zealand

10

41° 44´ S

174° 18´ E

Off East New Zealand

11

41° 57´ S

148° 9´ W

1/4 way New Zealand to South America

12

41° 57´ S

135° 7.5´ W

1/3 way New Zealand to South America

13

43° 13´ S

121° 32´ W

1/2 way New Zealand to South America

14

44° 23´ S

107° 49´ W

2/3 way New Zealand to South America

15

47° 29´ S

93° 52´ W

3/4 way New Zealand to South America

16

52° 7´ S

81° 19´ W

Off Chile

17

56° 13.5´ S

67° 31.3´ W

Off the Horn

18

49° 11.8´ S

61° 41´ W

Off South Argentina

19

40° 3.4´ S

60° 16´ W

Off mid Argentina

20

38° 56´ S

56° 41.4´ W

Off mid Argentina

21

36° 17.8´ S

54° 31.4´ W

Off mid Uraguay?

22

30° 55´ S

49° 2.6´ W

Off Porto Alegre, Brazil

23

23° 4.2´ S

Not recorded

Off Santos, Brazil

24

   

Rio de Janeiro

25

   

Rio de Janeiro

26

15° 24.8´ S

37° 19.2´ W

Off middle of Brazil

27

7° 8.8´ S

33° 46.1´ W

Off Recife, Brazil

     

No more recording until we returned to Charleston, S.C. at the beginning of October