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USS 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
MAY 1963 Keel Date: 25 MAY 1963
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
DEC 1964 Launch Date: 5 DEC 1964
OCT 1965 Commissioned: 22 OCT 1965
SEP 1970 Shellback Initiation - 3 SEP 1970 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 9 DEC 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1973 - DEC 1973 Mediterranean
NOV 1993 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]