For RATING SHIRTS - Click on your Rating Abbreviation below:
CS(SS) CT(SS) EM(SS) EN(SS) ET(SS) FT(SS) HM(SS)
IC(SS) LS(SS) MM(SS) MS(SS) MT(SS) QM(SS) RM(SS) SD(SS)
SK(SS) SM(SS) SO(SS) ST(SS) TM(SS) WT(SS) YN(SS)
Click on your Rating abbreviation above:


U.S.S. GEORGE BANCROFT

(SSBN-643)

OUR ENEMIES GO DOWN IN HISTORY!

Click to view crew list
 

USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN-643) - a Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine

In Commission 1966 to 1993

SSBN-643 Deployments - Major Events

Add a SSBN-643 Shellback Initiation Add a SSBN-643 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG1963-Keel Date: 24 AUG 1963
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
MAR1965-Launch Date: 20 MAR 1965
JAN1966-Commissioned: 22 JAN 1966
FEB1966-JUL1966Sea Trials
JUL1966-NOV1967North Atlantic
AUG1966-SEP1966Antarctic Circle
AUG1966-SEP1966Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1966-SEP1966Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV1967-MAR1968North Atlantic
JAN1968-JAN1971North Atlantic
MAR1968-DEC1968North Atlantic
AUG1972-AUG1972Sea Trials
NOV1972-MAR1973Mediterranean
JAN1973-FEB1973Sea Trials
JUN1973-SEP1973Mediterranean
JAN1974-MAR1974Mediterranean
JAN1982-DEC1986North Atlantic
JAN1985-JAN1985Dependents Cruise
MAR1985-NOV1988Dry Dock
SEP1988-Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1988 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1988-APR1989Sea Trials
APR1989-JUL1989North Atlantic
AUG1989-NOV1989Regular Overhaul
NOV1989-MAR1990North Atlantic
MAR1990-JUL1990North Atlantic
AUG1990-NOV1990Regular Deterrent Patrol
NOV1991-FEB1992North Atlantic
SEP1993-Decommissioned: 21 SEP 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

George Bancroft


See Bancroft for biography of George Bancroft.



(SSB(N) - 643: dp. 7 320 (surf.) 8 250 (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. Groton Conn. 24 August 1963; launched 20 March 1965; sponsored by Mrs. Jean B. Langdon great great granddaughter of Secretary Bancroft and Mrs. Anita C. Irvine great great 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 Scotland 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 (hubertypc@aol.com)




^

[Note: The above USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN-643) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN-643) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]