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USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628) - a James Madison-class submarine

In Commission 1964 to 1993

SSBN-628 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1962 - Keel Date: 1 JUN 1962
at Electric Boat Groton Connecticut
JUN 1963 - Launch Date: 22 JUN 1963
MAY 1964 - Commissioned: 29 MAY 1964
OCT 1964 - OCT 1964 Panama Canal
DEC 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 21 DEC 1964 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1964 - MAR 1965 West Pac
OCT 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 1 OCT 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1971 - APR 1971 Collision with Sound Barge
SEP 1971 - DEC 1971 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR 1976 - MAY 1976 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG 1980 - OCT 1980 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN 1993 - JAN 1993 Panama Canal
JAN 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1993 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1993 - Decommissioned: 23 JUL 1993

SSBN-628 General Specifications

Class: James Madison-class submarine

Named for: Tecumseh (1768-1813)

Complement: 140 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7300 tons

Length: 425 feet

Beam: 33 feet

Flank Speed: 16 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 1 April 1994


The fourth Tecumseh (SSBN-628) was laid down on 1 June 1962 at Groton, Conn., by the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corp.; launched on 22 June 1963; sponsored by Mrs. Robert L. F. Sikes; and was commissioned on 29 May 1964, Comdr. Arnett B. Taylor (blue crew) and Comdr. Charles S. Carlisle (gold crew) in command.

Tecumseh soon departed the east coast, bound for Hawaii. Based at Pearl Harbor, the nuclear-powered submarine deployed to the Marianas on 17 December 1964, arriving at Guam 12 days later to commence deterrent patrols. Alternately manned by "blue" and "gold" crews, she conducted 21 of these missions into 1969.

The submarine was then transferred to the Atlantic Fleet where she proceeded via Pearl Harbor and the Panama Canal to the east coast and arrived at Newport News, Va., on 8 November 1969. Soon thereafter, she entered the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company yards for a conversion which replaced her Polaris missiles system with its Poseidon counterpart. Emerging from drydock on 9 May 1970, Tecumseh underwent a thorough overhaul through that fall and winter before being assigned a new home port of Charleston, S.C., on 18 February 1971.

She conducted sea trials and shakedown out of Charleston before conducting two deterrent patrols in late 1971. Subsequently deployed to Holy Loch, Scotland, Tecumseh arrived in Scottish waters on 9 February 1972. She conducted 18 more deterrent patrols out of Holy Loch through 1976 and operates with the Atlantic Fleet into 1980.

[Note: The above USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS TECUMSEH (SSBN-628), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]