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USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633)
USS Casimir Pulaski SSBN-633
USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633) on 10 January 1983
Career (United States of America)
Namesake: Casimir Pulaski (1745–1779), a Polish general who served in the American Revolutionary War
Ordered: 20 July 1961
Builder: Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 12 January 1963
Launched: 1 February 1964
Sponsored by: Mrs. John A. Gronouski, Jr.
Commissioned: 14 August 1964
Decommissioned: 7 March 1994
Struck: 7 March 1994
Motto: Per Tridentem Libertas
(Freedom through Seapower)
Fate: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 21 October 1994
General characteristics
Class & type: James Madison-class submarine
Displacement: 7,300 long tons (7,417 t) surfaced
8,250 long tons (8,382 t) submerged
Length: 425 ft (130 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Installed power: S5W reactor
Propulsion: 2 × geared steam turbines
1 × shaft 15,000 shp (11,185 kW)
Speed: Greater than 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Test depth: 1,300 feet (400 m)
Complement: Two crews (Blue and Gold) of 13 officers and 130 enlisted men each
Armament: 16 × ballistic missile tubes
4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633), a James Madison-class ballistic missile submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Kazimierz Pułaski (1745–1779), a Polish general who served in the American Revolutionary War.

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

The contract to build Casimir Pulaski was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 20 July 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 12 January 1963. She was launched on 1 February 1964, sponsored by Mrs. John A. Gronouski, Jr., and commissioned on 14 August 1964, with Captain Robert L. J. Long in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Thomas B. Brittain, Jr., in command of the Gold Crew.

Service history[edit | edit source]

History from 1964 to 1994 needed.

The USS Casimir Pulaski entered Electric Boat (EB) ship yard for the first overhaul and reactor core change out on 4 January 1970. The missile system was converted to the Poseidon missile system and was the fifth FBM to receive and fire the Poseidon missile (C3 missile). During the overhaul period the S5W reactor core (5 year core) was removed and replaced with an S3G reactor core (9 year core). The Blue crew left Groton Ct in May 1971 for the first Demonstration and Shake Down (DASO), firing a Poseidon missile prior to being relieved by the Gold crew to complete the second half of the DASO. The DASO was completed by the end of August 1971 and the USS Casimir Pulaski returned to EB ship yard to compete the post overhaul period. The Pulaski completed the overhaul and left the yards in early October 1971 in transit to Charleston SC for the weapons load out prior to going on the first patrol out of the yards. The Pulaski completed a north Atlantic patrol and returned to Holy Lock Scotland in late December 1971. The USS Casimir Pulaski Blue crew returned to Groton CT on 23 December 1971.[citation needed]

On May 1, 1989 Casimir Pulaski participated in Exercise Lantcoop 1-89.[citation needed]

Decommissioning and disposal[edit | edit source]

After her final cruise under Commander Kenneth W. Wrona, Casimir Pulaski was decommissioned on 7 March 1994 and simultaneously stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Bremerton, Washington was completed on 21 October 1994.

References[edit | edit source]

  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
  • Photo gallery of Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633) at NavSource Naval History

External links[edit | edit source]

"USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633): The Story Of A Cold War Warrior". http://www.usscasimirpulaski.com/index.htm. 

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