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USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1975 to 1994

SSN-687 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1971 - Keel Date: 19 OCT 1971
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
JAN 1974 - Launch Date: 12 JAN 1974
AUG 1975 - Commissioned: 16 AUG 1975
JUN 1976 - JUL 1976 Caribbean
OCT 1976 - MAR 1977 Mediterranean
MAY 1978 - JUL 1978 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN 1980 - JUN 1980 Mediterranean
MAR 1981 - JUN 1981 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUL 1984 - JUL 1986 Restricted Availability Conversion
MAR 1987 - JUN 1987 Special Operation
FEB 1988 - APR 1988 Special Operation
JUN 1994 - Decommissioned: 24 JUN 1994

SSN-687 General Specifications

Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine

Named for: Richard B. Russell

Complement: 14 Officers and 112 Enlisted

Displacement: 3978 tons

Length: 292 feet 3 inches

Beam: 31 feet 8 inches

Flank Speed: 15 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program begun 1 October 2001 completed 3 January 2003


draft 26'; speed 20+ knots; complement 107; armament 4 21 torpedo tubes, SUBROC; class Sturgeon)

Richard B. Russell, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, was laid down 19 October 1971 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Newport News, Va.; her keel was authenticated by Mrs. Ina Russell Stacey, sister and official hostess for Senator Russell. The submarine was launched at Newport News 12 January 1974; sponsored by Mrs. Herman E. Talmadge, wife of Senator Herman E. Talmadge; and commissioned 16 August 1975.

After serving in the U.S. Navy for almost 18 years, Richard B. Russell decommissioned on 24 June 1994 and was struck from the Navy list that same day. Transferred to Bremerton, Washington, the boat was disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program on 3 January 2003.

[Note: The above USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]