USS ANDREW JACKSON (SSBN-619)
Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) was laid down on 26 April 1961 at Vallejo, Calif., by the
Mare Island Naval Shipyard; launched on 15 September 1962; sponsored by Mrs. Estes
Kefauver, the wife of Senator Kefauver of Tennessee; and commissioned on 3 July 1963, Comdr. Alfred J.
Whittle, Jr., (Blue crew) and Comdr. James B. Wilson (Gold crew) in command.
commissioning, the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine sailed
via the Panama Canal to the east coast. On 1 and 11 October, during shakedown training out
of Cape Canaveral,
Fla., she successfully launched A-2 Polaris missiles; and, on 26 October, she
sent A-3X Polaris missiles into space in the first submerged launching of its type; and she
repeated the feat on 11 November. Five days later and six days before his
assassination, on 16 November 1963, President John F. Kennedy-embarked in Observation
Island (EAG-154)-observed Andrew Jackson launch another A-2 polaris missile from a point off Cape Canaveral and
congratulated Comdr. Wilson and his crew for "impressive teamwork." In late
November, Andrew Jackson
entered the Charleston Naval
Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., for
yard work was completed on 4 April 1964, and Andrew Jackson was assigned to
Submarine Squadron 16, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet. In May, she departed
her home port, Charleston, for her first patrol and continued to conduct deterrent patrols from the
advanced base at Rota, Spain, through 1973. On 19 March of that year, the submarine
arrived at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Conn., for a conversion to
modernization and repair task was completed on 7 August 1975, and the ship
sailed to Exuma Sound, Bahamas, for acoustic trials. Next she reported to Cape
Canaveral, Fla., for Poseidon missile tests. In December, Andrew Jackson returned
to Groton, her new home port, for
the Christmas holidays.
operations continued in 1976. During February, the submarine conducted nuclear weapons
acceptance tests and made port visits at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; and Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla. She sailed to Charleston on 5 March and entered the Charleston Naval
Shipyard on 8 March
for an availability period. Andrew Jackson was underway again on 9 May and
returned to New London, Conn., in June. The next four weeks were spent in midshipman
training cruises in the New London operating area. In late July, she left New London for her first
strategic deterrent patrol after her Poseidon conversion. When the patrol was
completed, Andrew Jackson entered her advanced base at Holy Loch, Scotland. In
1977, patrols from Holy Loch were interspersed with port visits at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and New London. In
September, a refit was conducted at Charleston, then the submarine returned to Holy Loch. Andrew Jackson continued these deterrent patrols from Holy Loch for another decade, completing her sixty-ninth and final strategic deterrent patrol on 27 August 1987.
Andrew Jackson returned to Groton in October for pre-inactivation planning before shifting to Charleston on 14 February 1988. Following an inactivation ceremony on 28 May, the boat entered drydock for dismantling of the missile compartment and defueling, as task completed in time for the submarine's decommissioning at Charleston on 31 August 1989. Later towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the former ballistic missile boat was disposed of through the submarine recycling program on 30 August 1999.
14 February 2006
[Note: The above USS ANDREW JACKSON (SSBN-619) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ANDREW JACKSON (SSBN-619), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]