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
USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL (SSN-687)
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]