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USS NATHANAEL GREENE (SSBN-636) - a James Madison-class submarine

In Commission 1964 to 1986

SSBN-636 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1962 - Keel Date: 21 MAY 1962
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME
MAY 1964 - Launch Date: 12 MAY 1964
DEC 1964 - Commissioned: 19 DEC 1964
NOV 1968 - JAN 1969 North Atlantic
NOV 1971 - NOV 1972 first poseidon missle surface launch
AUG 1978 - APR 1981 Regular Overhaul
MAR 1986 - Grounding in Irish Sea - 13 March 1986
DEC 1986 - Decommissioned: 15 DEC 1986

SSBN-636 General Specifications

Class: James Madison-class submarine

Named for: Nathanael Greene (1746-1782)

Complement: 14 Officers and 126 Enlisted

Displacement: 7250 tons

Length: 425 feet

Beam: 33 feet

Flank Speed: 16 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program began 1 September 1998 and completed 20 October 2000


Nathanael Greene (SSB(N)-636) was laid down 21 May 1962 at the Portsmouth, N.H., Naval Shipyard; launched 12 May 1964; sponsored by Mrs. Neander W. Wade, a descendent of General Nathanael Greene; and commissioned 19 December 1964, Comdr. Robert E. Crispin and Comdr. William 1\11. Cossaboom in respective command of Blue and Gold crews.

Nathanael Greene departed Portsmouth for shakedown, 30 December 1964, with Gold crew embarked. They were relieved 1 February 1965 by Blue Crew. Her shakedown period was followed by availability at Portsmouth, after which the submarine, with Blue Crew embarked, departed Portsmouth for a missile loadout and her initial Polaris deterrent patrol. Rotating her crews at regular intervals, Nathanael Greene has, since that time, conducted deterrent patrols as a unit of the Atlantic Fleet assigned to SubRon 18.

[Note: The above USS NATHANAEL GREENE (SSBN-636) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS NATHANAEL GREENE (SSBN-636), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]