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USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629)
USS Daniel Boone SSBN-629
USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) off Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 1 February 1991
Namesake: Daniel Boone(1734–1820), the American explorer and frontiersman.
Ordered: 21 July 1961
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Laid down: 6 February 1962
Launched: 22 June 1963
Sponsored by: Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Jr.
Commissioned: 23 April 1964
Decommissioned: 18 February 1994
Struck: 18 February 1994
Motto: New Trails to Blaze
Fate: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 4 November 1994
General characteristics
Class & type: James Madison-class submarine (hull design SCB-216 Mod 3)[1][Clarification needed]
Displacement: 7,320 long tons (7,440 t) (submerged)[2]
8,240 long tons (8,370 t) (submerged)[2]
Length: 425 feet (130 m)
Beam: 33 feet (10 m)
Draught: 32 ft (9.8 m)[2]
Installed power: S5W reactor
Propulsion: 2 × geared steam turbines 15,000 shp (11,000 kW)
1 × shaft driving one 7-bladed screw
Speed: Over 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Test depth: Over 400 ft (120 m)
Complement: Two crews (Blue and Gold), 13 officers and 130 enlisted each[2]
Armament: 4 × 21 inches (530 mm) Mark 65[2] torpedo tubes bow; Mark 48 torpedoes
16 × vertical launch missile tubes amidships, various small arms

USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), a James Madison-class ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Daniel Boone (1734–1820), the pioneer and frontiersman.

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

The contract to build Daniel Boone was awarded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, on 21 July 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 6 February 1962. She was launched on 22 June 1963 sponsored by Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Jr., wife of Dr. James H. Wakelin, Jr., a physicist who was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development from 1959 until 1964. Daniel Boone was commissioned on 23 April 1964, with Commander George P. Steele, III, in command of the Blue Crew and Lieutenant Commander Alan B. Crabtree in command of the Gold Crew.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

During her first major overhaul , like the rest of her class[Clarification needed] , Daniel Boone was retrofitted with Poseidon C-3 missiles and the associated Mark 88 firecontrol system.[2] Poseidon was replaced by Trident C-4 missiles and on 6 September 1980, Boone became the first James Madison operational with the new missile.[2] Daniel Boone entered Newport News, Virginia in 1987 for refit. During post-refit sea trials on 7 April 1987 she ran aground in the James River at Newport News. This accident significantly delayed her departure from the refit yards.

Decommissioning and disposal[edit | edit source]

Daniel Boone was decommissioned on 18 February 1994 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 4 November 1994.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Adcock, Al (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. pp. 30, (4 also credits mythical interwar Albacore and Trout classes, however). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Adcock, Al (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. p. 30. 
  • 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 Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) Keel Laying - Launching at NavSource Naval History
  • Photo gallery of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) Sea Trials - Pre Commissioning at NavSource Naval History
  • Photo gallery of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) Pre Commissioning at NavSource Naval History
  • Photo gallery of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) Active Service - Decommissioning at NavSource Naval History

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