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USS GEORGE BANCROFT

(SSBN-643)

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

In Commission 1966 to 1993

SSBN-643 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1963 Keel Date: 24 AUG 1963
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
MAR 1965 Launch Date: 20 MAR 1965
JAN 1966 Commissioned: 22 JAN 1966
FEB 1966 - JUL 1966 Sea Trials
JUL 1966 - NOV 1967 North Atlantic
AUG 1966 - SEP 1966 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
NOV 1967 - MAR 1968 North Atlantic
JAN 1968 - JAN 1971 North Atlantic
MAR 1968 - DEC 1968 North Atlantic
JAN 1982 - DEC 1986 North Atlantic
JAN 1985 - JAN 1985 Dependents Cruise
MAR 1985 - NOV 1988 Dry Dock
NOV 1988 - APR 1989 Sea Trials
APR 1989 - JUL 1989 North Atlantic
AUG 1989 - NOV 1989 Regular Overhaul
NOV 1989 - MAR 1990 North Atlantic
MAR 1990 - JUL 1990 North Atlantic
NOV 1991 - FEB 1992 North Atlantic
SEP 1993 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)




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[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]