USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN-643) - a Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine
In Commission 1966 to 1993
SSBN-643 General Specifications
Class: Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine
Named for: George Bancroft (1800–1891)
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 30 March 1998
USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN-643)
From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
See Bancroft for biography of George Bancroft.
(SSB(N) - 643: dp. 7
250 (subm.); l. 425'; b. 33'; s. over 20 k.; cpl. 140; a. 16 A-3 Pol. mis.; cl. Lafayette)
George Bancroft (SSB(N)-643) was laid down by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp.
24 August 1963; launched 20 March 1965; sponsored by Mrs. Jean B. Langdon
great granddaughter of Secretary Bancroft
and Mrs. Anita C. Irvine
great granddaughter; and commissioned 22 January 1966
Captain Joseph Williams (blue crew) and Comdr. Walter M. Douglas (gold crew) in command.
The new Polaris submarine was assigned to Submarine Squadron 14 of Submarine Flotilla 6 with New London as home port. Her first deployment began 26 July 1966. Soon after the patrol was successfully completed at Holy Loch
the gold crew relieved the blue. A few weeks later
George Bancroft got underway for her second patrol which ended toward the close of the year. Early in 1967
George Bancroft began her third patrol. She silently and invisibly roves the seas as a mighty deterrent against aggression
preserving the peace and protecting freedom.
Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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