USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN-645) - a Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine
In Commission 1966 to 1999
SSBN-645 General Specifications
Class: Benjamin Franklin-class fleet ballistic missile submarine
Named for: James K. Polk (1795–1849)
Complement: 14 Officers and 129 Enlisted
Displacement: 6527 tons
Length: 129.5 m
Beam: 33 feet
Flank Speed: Over 20 knots
Final Disposition: Scrapped via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program 26 April 2000
USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN-645)
From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
James K. Polk
James K. Polk
11th President of the United States
was born 2 November 1795
in Meeklenburg County [sic; Mecklenburg County]
N.C. A leading Jacksonian Democrat in the Tennessee State Legislature
he was not yet 50 years old when inaugurated President of the United States 4 March 1845. He ably conducted the Mexican War following the annexation of Texas. The "Four Great Measures" he announced for his administration were all achieved: the reduction of tariff; the reestablishment of the Independent Treasury System; the settlement of the Oregon dispute with Great Britain; and the acquisition of California. More territory was added to the United States under Polk than any other President except Jefferson. Few presidents worked harder. His arduous and conscientious labor during his term so undermined his health that he died 15 June 1894
some 3 months after he left the White House.
(SSB (N) - 645; dp. 7
250 (subm.); l. 425'; b. 33'; dr. 31'5"; s. over 20 k.; cpl. 140; a. 16 Pol. mis.; cl. Lafayette)
James K. Polk (SSB(N)-645) was [laid down 23 November 1963
] launched 22 May 1965 by the Electric Boat Div.
General Dynamics Corp.
Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. Horacio Rivero
wife of Admiral Rivero
the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; and commissioned 16 April 1966
Comdr. R. M. Douglass (blue crew ) and Comdr. F. D. McMullen
Jr. (gold crew )
Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
she roams the seas
a silent and unseen deterent [sic; deterrent] against aggression.
[Transcriber's note: James K. Polk was completed with the 2500-mile range Polaris A3 and she was refitted with the Poseidon missile between 1969 and 1978.
K. Jack Bauer and Stephen S. Roberts
"Register of Ships of the U. S. Navy
" p. 295.]
Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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