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USS LEWIS AND CLARK

(SSBN-644)

Theirs to Discover Ours to Defend

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The USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN-644), a Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned on 22 DEC 1965. USS LEWIS AND CLARK served her country for 26 years, 6 months and 5 days, until decommissioned on 27 JUN 1992.

The USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN-644) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

SSBN-644 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1963 Keel Date: 29 JUL 1963
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
NOV 1964 Launch Date: 21 NOV 1964
DEC 1965 Commissioned: 22 DEC 1965
MAR 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 4 MAR 1967 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 1 MAR 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1971 - JUL 1972 Bremerton WA shipyard conversion from Polaris to Poseidon
JUL 1976 - JUL 1976 Bi-centenial 1976 Ft. Lauderdale.FL
AUG 1976 - SEP 1976 Mid Shipman Ops
OCT 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 3 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1981 - APR 1983 Regular Overhaul
AUG 1987 - OCT 1987 North Atlantic
OCT 1987 - JAN 1988 Mediterranean
AUG 1990 - MAR 1991 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1992 Decommissioned: 27 JUN 1992

SSBN-644 General Specifications

Class: Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine

Named for: Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) and William Clark (1770-1

Complement: 14 Officers and 126 Enlisted

Displacement: 7320 tons

Length: 425 feet

Beam: 33 feet

Flank Speed: Over 20 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program began 1 October 1995; completed 23 September 1996



USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN-644)



Lewis and Clark (SSBN-644) was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News Va., 29 July 1963; launched 21 November 1964; sponsored by Mrs. M. F. Engman and Mrs. M. G. Sale; and commissioned 22 December 1965, Comdr. John F. Gagan, Jr., in command of the Blue Crew and Comdr. Kenneth A. Porter in command of the Gold Crew.

After shakedown and missile firing off Cape Kennedy in 1966, Lewis and Clark joined the growing fleet of Polaris submarines silently patrolling the seas of the world for peace. In this great and grave mission she has quietly assumed her role in defending the country with the brave spirit of the explorers for whom she is named. She continues this most vital duty into 1969.

[Note: The above USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN-644) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN-644), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]