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DAVID W. DOONAN/Roane Newspapers
Members of Smoky Mountain Base of U.S. Submarine Veterans include, from right, Jim Rock, Marlin Helms, John Augustine and Bruce Eltzroth.
Vets honor service with sub replica

Veterans of the U.S. Navy’s “silent service” have created a one of a kind scale replica nuclear missile submarine for use in parades and events.

Members of the Smoky Mountain Base of U.S. Submarine Veterans built the more than 40-foot-long 1/10th scale replica of the 425ft U.S.S. Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) at a metal-working shop in Spring City.

The replica sub presently parked in Kingston has appeared in veterans parades in Knoxville and won first prize in the Oliver Springs Christmas Parade last month.