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Lafayette-class submarine

USS Woodrow Wilson
Lafayette-class submarine USS Woodrow Wilson
Class overview
Name: Lafayette class
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: Ethan Allen class
Succeeded by: James Madison class
Built: 1961–1964 [1]
In commission: 1963–1994 [1]
Completed: 9
Retired: 9
Preserved: 1 (As Training Vessel)
General characteristics
Type: Nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarine

Surfaced: 7,325 long tons (7,443 t)

Submerged: 8,251 long tons (8,383 t)[2]
Length: 425 ft (130 m) [1][3]
Beam: 33 ft (10 m) [1][3]
Draft: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m) [3]
  • 16 knots (30 km/h) surfaced
  • 21 knots (39 km/h) submerged[2]
Test depth: 1,300 feet (400 m)[2]
Complement: Two crews of 14 officers and 126 enlisted[2]
Armament: 16 Polaris A2/A3 or Poseidon C3 missiles, 4 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes[2]

The Lafayette class of submarine was an evolutionary development from the Ethan Allen, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin classes, comprised the "41 for Freedom" that were the Navy's main contribution to the nuclear deterrent force through the late 1980s. The James Madison and Benjamin Franklin classes are combined with the Lafayettes in some references.


  • Design 1
  • Fate 2
  • Boats in class 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The first eight submarines initially deployed with the

  • SSBN photo gallery index

External links

  • Gardiner, Robert and Chumbley, Stephen (editors). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, USA: Naval Institute Press, 1995. ISBN 1-55750-132-7.
  • Polmar, Norman. The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet: Twelfth Edition. London:Arms and Armour Press, 1981. ISBN 0-85368-397-2.
  • US Naval Vessel Register - List of SSBN BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINE (NUCLEAR-POWERED) Class vessels
  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "SSBN-616 Lafayette-Class FBM Submarines" from the FAS
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Friedman, Norman (1994). U.S. Submarines Since 1945: An Illustrated Design History.  
  3. ^ a b c "USS Lafayette (SSBN 616)" from the
  4. ^ Polmar 1981, p.21.
  5. ^ at NavSource.orgDaniel Webster
  6. ^ a b Gardiner and Chumbley 1995, p.612.
  7. ^ California Center for Military History (dead link 2015-05-05)


See also

Name and hull number Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
Lafayette (SSBN-616) General Dynamics Electric Boat 17 January 1961 8 May 1962 23 April 1963 Decommissioned 12 August 1991. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1992
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617) General Dynamics Electric Boat 26 June 1961 18 August 1962 27 June 1963 Decommissioned 23 February 1993. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1994
Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) Mare Island Naval Shipyard 26 April 1961 15 September 1962 3 July 1963 Decommissioned 31 August 1989. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1999
John Adams (SSBN-620) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 19 May 1961 12 January 1963 12 May 1964 Decommissioned 24 March 1989. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1996
James Monroe (SSBN-622) Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. 31 July 1961 4 August 1962 7 December 1963 Decommissioned 25 September 1990. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1995
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) General Dynamics Electric Boat 2 October 1961 12 January 1963 23 November 1963 Decommissioned 3 November 1986. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1994
Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) Mare Island Naval Shipyard 13 September 1961 22 February 1963 27 December 1963 Decommissioned 1 September 1994. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1998
Henry Clay (SSBN-625) Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. 23 October 1961 30 November 1962 20 February 1964 Decommissioned 5 November 1990. Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1997
Daniel Webster (SSBN-626) General Dynamics Electric Boat 28 December 1961 27 April 1963 9 April 1964 Decommissioned 30 August 1990. Converted to Moored Training Ship (MTS-626) with missile compartment removed.

Submarines of the Lafayette class:[7][6]

Boats in class

The Lafayettes were decommissioned between 1986 and 1992, due to a combination of SALT II treaty limitations as the Ohio class SSBNs entered service, age, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. One (Daniel Webster) remains out of commission but converted to a Moored Training Ship (MTS-626) with the missile compartment removed. She is stationed at Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston, South Carolina, along with USS Sam Rayburn (MTS-635).[6]


Daniel Webster was originally built with diving planes mounted on a "mini-sail" near the bow, leading to her nickname "Old Funny Fins". This configuration, unique to US submarines, was an attempt to reduce the effect of porpoising. While successful, the "mini-sail" required to contain the operating mechanism reduced hydrodynamic efficiency and lowered her overall speed. During a mid-1970s overhaul these unusual planes were removed and standard fairwater planes were installed.[5]

The Lafayettes and their successors were equipped with a hovering system to manage trim more effectively when firing missiles; this increased the missile rate of fire from one per minute to four per minute.[2]

missiles. Trident I (C4)-class submarines were refitted with Lafayette classes, none of the Benjamin Franklin and James Madison Unlike twelve of the similar [2]

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