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U.S.S. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

(SSBN-640)


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USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) - a Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine

In Commission 1965 to 1993

SSBN-640 Deployments - Major Events

Add a SSBN-640 Shellback Initiation Add a SSBN-640 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY1963-Keel Date: 25 MAY 1963
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
DEC1964-Launch Date: 5 DEC 1964
OCT1965-Commissioned: 22 OCT 1965
SEP1970-Shellback Initiation - 3 SEP 1970 - Indian Ocean
OCT1970-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1970 - Indian Ocean
DEC1972-Shellback Initiation - 9 DEC 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
SEP1975-SEP1978Mediterranean
SEP1978-NOV1993Mediterranean
NOV1993-Decommissioned: 23 NOV 1993

SSBN-640 General Specifications

Class: Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine

Named for: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Complement: 120 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7300 tons

Length: 425 feet

Beam: 33 feet

Flank Speed: Over 20 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 21 August 1995



USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640)



Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) was laid down at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, 25 May 1963. She was launched on 5 December 1964, sponsored by Mrs. Francis L. Moseley and Mrs. Leon V. Chaplin, and commissioned on 22 October 1965, with Captain Donald M. Miller commanding the Blue Crew and Commander Ross N. Williams commanding the Gold Crew.

[Note: The above USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN-640), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]