The nuclear-powered submarine "Lafayette" was launched by Mrs. John F. Kennedy at Groton, Connecticut, May?
The nuclear-powered submarine "Lafayette" was launched by Mrs. John F. Kennedy at Groton, Connecticut, May 8. The vessel is the 11th of a series designed to fire Polaris missiles and is the largest built by the United States to date.
The occasion was a Franco-American one, attended by the French Ambassador to the United States. Mrs. Kennedy, who is of French ancestry, heard the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Fred Korth, describe the "Lafayette" as a symbol of alliance between France and the United States. The vessel is named after the French General who helped the American colonists in the war of independence against Britain.
As the launching took place, over forty pickets walked outside the gates of the shipyard in protest against nuclear weapons. One demonstrator was obviously in favour of the President's wife, despite her launching of the Polaris firing vessel - the sign read "Jackie Si, Polaris No."