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USS SAM RAYBURN (SSBN-635) - a James Madison-class submarine

In Commission 1964 to 1989

SSBN-635 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1962 - Keel Date: 3 DEC 1962
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
DEC 1963 - Launch Date: 20 DEC 1963
DEC 1964 - Commissioned: 2 DEC 1964
NOV 1976 - JAN 1977 shooting ballistic missiles
SEP 1981 - JAN 1983 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUL 1989 - Decommissioned: 31 JUL 1989
JUL 1989 - JUL 1989 Recommisioning

SSBN-635 General Specifications

Class: James Madison-class submarine

Named for: Sam Rayburn (1882–1961)

Complement: 120 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 6700 tons

Length: 425 feet

Beam: 33 feet

Flank Speed: Over 20 knots

Final Disposition: Became moored training ship at Naval Nuclear Power School Goose Creek South Carolina 1989


Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) was laid down on 3 December 1962 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; launched on 20 December 1963; co-sponsored by Mrs. S. E. Bartley and Mrs. W. A. Thomas; and commissioned on 2 December 1964, Capt. Oliver H. Perry, Jr. (blue crew) in command.

The 28th United States ballistic missile submarine to be commissioned, Sam Rayburn conducted demonstration and shakedown operations on the Atlantic Missile Range, first manned by her blue crew and then by her gold crew, under Comdr. William A. Williams III. She joined Submarine Squadron 18 before her first patrol in the summer of 1965. In August 1965, she joined Submarine Squadron 16 and made 7 patrols out of Rota, Spain, before rejoining Submarine Squadron 18 in December 1966 at Charleston, S.C. During 1967, Sam Rayburn completed her 8th through 11th Polaris deterrent patrols. During 1968, she completed patrols 12 through 14. During 1969, Sam Rayburn operated continuously with Submarine Squadron 18 until commencing overhaul at Portsmouth, N.H., in December. Upon completion of overhaul on 27 May 1971, Sam Rayburn operated along the eastern coast of the United States throughout 1971 and into 1972. Sam Rayburn departed from Groton, Conn., and arrived in Charleston, S.C., before departing on an extended period of special operations. As of June 1974, she continues to be engaged in those special operations.

[Note: The above USS SAM RAYBURN (SSBN-635) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAM RAYBURN (SSBN-635), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]