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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

SUBMARINES

LAFAYETTE nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines (1963 - 1967)

Lafayette 1963

Lafayette 1979

Lafayette 1990

Kamehameha 2000

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
SSBN616 Lafayette 157 Electric Boat, Groton 17/1/1961 8/5/1962 23/4/1963 stricken 8/1991
SSBN617 Alexander Hamilton 159 Electric Boat, Groton 26/6/1961 18/8/1962 27/6/1963 stricken 2/1993
SSBN619 Andrew Jackson   Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 26/4/1961 15/9/1962 3/7/1963 stricken 8/1989
SSBN620 John Adams   Portsmouth N Yd, Kittery 19/5/1961 12/1/1963 12/5/1964 stricken 3/1989
SSBN622 James Monroe 562 Newport News SB 31/7/1961 4/8/1962 7/12/1963 stricken 9/1990
SSBN623 Nathan Hale 161 Electric Boat, Groton 2/10/1961 12/1/1963 23/11/1963 stricken 12/1986
SSBN624 Woodrow Wilson   Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 16/9/1961 22/2/1963 27/12/1963 stricken 9/1994
SSBN625 Henry Clay 563 Newport News SB 23/10/1961 30/11/1962 20/2/1964 stricken 11/1990
SSBN626 Daniel Webster 163 Electric Boat, Groton 28/12/1961 27/4/1963 9/4/1964 stricken 8/1990
SSBN627 James Madison 565 Newport News SB 5/3/1962 15/3/1963 28/7/1964 stricken 11/1992
SSBN628 Tecumseh 164 Electric Boat, Groton 1/6/1962 22/6/1963 29/5/1964 stricken 7/1993
SSBN629 Daniel Boone   Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 6/2/1962 22/6/1963 23/4/1964 stricken 2/1994
SSBN630 John C. Calhoun 566 Newport News SB 4/6/1962 22/6/1963 15/9/1964 stricken 3/1994
SSBN631 Ulysses S. Grant 165 Electric Boat, Groton 18/8/1962 2/11/1963 17/7/1964 stricken 6/1992
SSBN632 Von Steuben 567 Newport News SB 4/9/1962 18/10/1963 30/9/1964 stricken 2/1994
SSBN633 Casimir Pulaski 166 Electric Boat, Groton 12/1/1963 1/2/1964 14/8/1964 stricken 7/1994
SSBN634 Stonewall Jackson   Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 4/7/1962 30/11/1963 26/8/1964 stricken 2/1995
SSBN635 Sam Rayburn 568 Newport News SB 3/12/1962 20/12/1963 2/12/1964 stricken 8/1989
SSBN636 Nathanael Greene   Portsmouth N Yd, Kittery 21/5/1962 12/5/1964 19/12/1964 stricken 1/1987
SSBN640 Benjamin Franklin 167 Electric Boat, Groton 25/5/1963 5/12/1964 22/10/1965 stricken 11/1993
SSBN641 Simon Bolivar 569 Newport News SB 17/8/1963 22/8/1964 29/10/1965 stricken 2/1995
SSBN642, 7/1992- SSN642 Kamehameha   Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 2/5/1963 16/1/1965 10/12/1965 attack nuclear-powered submarine 7/1992, stricken 4/2002
SSBN643 George Bancroft 169 Electric Boat, Groton 24/8/1963 20/3/1965 22/1/1966 stricken 9/1993
SSBN644 Lewis & Clark 570 Newport News SB 29/7/1963 21/11/1964 22/12/1965 stricken 8/1992
SSBN645, 3/1994- SSN645 James K. Polk 170 Electric Boat, Groton 23/11/1963 22/5/1965 16/4/1966 attack nuclear-powered submarine 3/1994, stricken 7/1999
SSBN654 George C. Marshall 574 Newport News SB 2/3/1964 21/5/1965 29/4/1966 stricken 9/1992
SSBN655 Henry L. Stimson 172 Electric Boat, Groton 4/4/1964 13/11/1965 20/8/1966 stricken 5/1993
SSBN656 George Washington Carver 575 Newport News SB 24/8/1964 14/8/1965 15/6/1966 stricken 3/1993
SSBN657 Francis Scott Key 180 Electric Boat, Groton 5/12/1964 23/4/1966 3/12/1966 stricken 9/1993
SSBN658 Mariano G. Vallejo   Mare Island N Yd, Vallejo 7/7/1964 23/10/1965 16/12/1966 stricken 3/1995
SSBN659 Will Rogers 181 Electric Boat, Groton 20/3/1965 21/7/1966 1/4/1967 stricken 4/1993

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

7325 / 8251

Length, m

129.6

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

8.50

No of shafts

1

Machinery

2 sets geared steam turbines, 1 Westinghouse S5W nuclear reactor

Power, h. p.

15000

Max speed, kts

16 / 21

Fuel, t

nuclear

Endurance, nm (kts)

practically unlimited

Armament

SSBN616, 617, 619, 620, 622 - 625: 16 Polaris A-2 SLBM (UGM-27B), 4 - 533 Mk 65 TT (bow, 12)

SSBN626 - 636, 640 - 645, 654 - 659: 16 Polaris A-3 SLBM (UGM-27C), 4 - 533 Mk 65 TT (bow, 12)

Sensors

BPS-11A radar, BQS-4, BQR-7, BQR-15, BQR-19, BQR-21 sonars

Complement

140

Diving depth operational, m

400

   

Ship project history: These are enlarged versions of the Ethan Allen class, all refitted with Poseidon missiles. Daniel Webster is unique in having bow, rather than fin, forward diving planes. Patrol endurance was sixty-eight days, with thirty-two day refit periods between patrols, and a sixteen-month yard overhaul every six years; each ship had two crews.

    This group is officially divided into three classes: Lafayette (SSBN616), James Madison (SSBN627), and Benjamin Franklin (SSBN640). The SSBN640s are quieter and have detail improvements. Four more were proposed in the FY65 programme but were not built.

Modernizations: 1968-1970, John Adams, James Monroe, Nathan Hale, Woodrow Wilson, Henry Clay: - 16 Polaris A-2 SLBM (UGM-27B); + 16 Polaris A-3 SLBM (UGM-27C)

1970, James Madison, Daniel Boone, Ulysses S. Grant, Von Steuben; 1971, Tecumseh, John C. Calhoun, Casimir Pulaski, Stonewall Jackson, Sam Rayburn, Nathanael Greene; 1972, Benjamin Franklin, Simon Bolivar, Kamehameha, George Bancroft, Lewis & Clark, James K. Polk; 1973, George C. Marshall, Henry L. Stimson, George Washington Carver, Francis Scott Key, Mariano G. Vallejo; 1974, Nathan Hale, Will Rogers; 1975, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson; 1976, James Monroe, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster: - 16 Polaris A-2/3 SLBM (UGM-27B/C); + 16 Poseidon C-3 SLBM (UGM-73A)

1974, Lafayette, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson: - 16 Polaris A-2 SLBM (UGM-27B); + 16 Poseidon C-3 SLBM (UGM-73A)

1978, Francis Scott Key; 1980, Daniel Boone, John C. Calhoun, Simon Bolivar, Henry L. Stimson, Mariano G. Vallejo; 1981, James Madison, Von Steuben, Stonewall Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, George Bancroft; 1982, Casimir Pulaski: - 16 Poseidon C-3 SLBM (UGM-73A), BPS-11A radar; + 16 Trident I C-4 SLBM (UGM-96A), BPS-15 radar, WLR-8 ECM suite

1992, Kamehameha; 1994, James K. Polk: - 16 Poseidon C-3 SLBMs (UGM-73A); + 2 DDS, accommodation for 66 SEALs, SDV

Naval service: No significant events.

James Monroe 1972

Ivan Gogin, 2015