SSBN-631 General Specifications
Class: James Madison-class submarine
Named for: Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885)
Complement: 120 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 7300 tons
Length: 425 feet
Beam: 33 feet
Flank Speed: Over 20 knots
Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 23 October 1993
USS ULYSSES S. GRANT (SSBN-631)
From: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses Simpson Grant-born on 27 April 1822 at Point Pleasant
Ohio-graduated from the United States Military Academy on 1 July 1843. He served with distinction in the war with Mexico-under Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott
taking part in the ba
ttles of Resaca de la Palma
and Vera Cruz. He was twice breveted for bravery: at Molino del Rey and Chapultepec. After growing restive during frontier duty in the peacetime Army
he resigned his commission in 1854 and attempted to p
ursue careers in business and farming.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War
Grant was commissioned a colonel in the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He later became brigadier general of volunteers on 7 August 1861. Following the captures of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson in February 186
President Abraham Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. These victories opened Tennessee to federal forces
and earned Grant the nickname of "unconditional surrender."
He doggedly pursued the Confederate Army and won impressive-but costly-victories at Shiloh
Vicksburg and Chattanooga. His willingness to fight and ability to win impressed President Lincoln who appointed Grant lieutenant general and gave him overall comm
and of the Army.
Grant left Major General William T. Sherman in immediate charge of all boons in the west and moved
his headquarters to Virginia where he turned his attention to the long frustrated Union effort to take Richmond. Despite heavy losses and difficult terrain
the Army of the Potomac kept up a relentless pursuit of General Robert E. Lee's troops and won blo
ody contests in the Wilderness
at Cold Harbor
and at Petersburg. His relentless pressure finally forced Lee to evacuate Richmond early in April 1865 and forced him to surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on 9 April 1865. Within a few week
the War between the States was over.
Grant became ad interim Secretary of War on 12 August 1867-when Johnson suspended Secretary Stanton-and held the office until early the next year. He ran for the presidency on the Republican ticket in 1868 and won the election. His two terms
were marred by economic
and political turmoil
but Grant himself was not involved in the scandals
and his personal reputation emerged untarnished.
He devoted his twilight years to writing and completing his two volumes of Personal Memoirs which were published the year of his death. Grant died on 23 July 1885
at Mt. McGregor
(SSBN-631: dp. 7
250 (subm.); l. 425'; b. 33'; dr. 31'4"
s. 20+ k.; cpl. 140; a. 16 Poseidon mis
4 21" tt.; cl. James Madison)
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) was laid down on 18 August 1962 at Groton
by the Electric Boat Div. of the General Dynamics Corp.; launched on 2 November 1963; sponsored by Mrs. David W. Griffiths
the great-granddaughter of
and was commissioned at Groton on 17 July 1964
Capt. J. L. From Jr.
the fleet ballistic missile (FBM) submarine got underway from Groton in early December 1964
bound for the Pacific. Transiting the Panama Canal on New Year's Eve
she arrived at Pearl Harbor in January 1965. The FBM submarine was depl
oyed to Guam
in the Marianas
and operated from there into 1970. She conducted 18 deterrent patrols before returning to the east coast of the United States
departing the western Pacific in December 1970. After an overhaul at Charleston
S. Grant was deployed to Holy Loch
and operated in the European area until September 1975.
Returning home at that time
the submarine continued to operate with the Atlantic Fleet on deterrent patrols into 1980.