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USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN-623) - a Lafayette-class submarine

In Commission 1963 to 1987

SSBN-623 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1962 - Keel Date: 2 OCT 1962
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
JAN 1963 - Launch Date: 12 JAN 1963
NOV 1963 - Commissioned: 23 NOV 1963
JAN 1964 - DEC 1968 Mediterranean
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Panama Canal
DEC 1969 - JUL 1986 Middle Pacific
SEP 1975 - JAN 1976 North Atlantic
DEC 1976 - FEB 1977 Four Missile Launch OT
AUG 1979 - NOV 1979 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV 1986 - NOV 1986 Decommisioning
JAN 1987 - Decommissioned: 31 JAN 1987

SSBN-623 General Specifications

Class: Lafayette-class submarine

Named for: Nathan Hale (1755-1776)

Complement: 13 Officers and 130 Enlisted

Displacement: 7250 tons

Length: 425 feet

Beam: 33 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Entered Ship-Submarine Recycling Program 2 October 1991; recycling completed 5 April 1994


Nathan Hale (SSB(N)-623) was laid down 2 October 1961 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Connecticut; launched 12 January 1963; sponsored by Mrs. George W. Anderson, Jr.; and commissioned 23 November 1963, Comdr. Joseph W. Russel (Blue Crew) and Comdr. Samuel S. Ellis (Gold Crew) in command.

Following shakedown and demonstration-and-system operations, in the Atlantic Missile Range, Nathan Hale was assigned to SubRon 16 and homeported at Charleston, S.C., 21 May 1964. With two complete, equally trained crews, rotated at regular intervals to maximize patrol on station time, Nathan Hale has, since that time, conducted deterrent patrols as a unit of the Atlantic Fleet.

[Note: The above USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN-623) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN-623), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]