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USS James Madison (SSBN-627)
USS James Madison SSBN-627
USS James Madison (SSBN-627) at sea
Career (United States of America)
Name: USS James Madison
Namesake: James Madison
Ordered: 20 July 1961
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Laid down: 5 March 1962
Launched: 15 March 1963
Sponsored by: Mrs. A.S. "Mike" Monroney
Commissioned: 28 July 1964
Decommissioned: 20 November 1992
Struck: 20 November 1992
Fate: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 24 October 1997
Status: Recycled
General characteristics
Class & type: James Madison-class submarine fleet ballistic missile 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)
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, 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) of 15 officers and 132 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 James Madison (SSBN-627), the lead ship of her class of ballistic missile submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for James Madison (1751–1836), the fourth President of the United States (1809–1817).

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

The contract to build James Madison was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 20 July 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 5 March 1962. She was launched on 15 March 1963, sponsored by Mrs. A.S. "Mike" Monroney, and commissioned on 28 July 1964 with Commander Joseph L. Skoog, Jr. in command of the Blue Crew and Commander James D. Kearny in command of the Gold Crew. She was launched with sixteen Polaris A-3 ballistic missiles.[2][Clarification needed]

Operational history[edit | edit source]

After post-shakedown repairs and modification in November and December 1964, James Madison departed on her first deterrent patrol on 17 January 1965. By the end of 1966, she had completed her 10th deterrent patrol, serving in the European area. During her first major overhaul, like the rest of her class, Madison was retrofitted with Poseidon C-3 missiles and their associated Mark 88 firecontrol system.[2] Poseidon was replaced by Trident C-4 missiles during a comprehensive overhaul that took place at the Newport News (VA) Shipyard in the early 1980s.[2]

Decommissioning and disposal[edit | edit source]

The inactivation of James Madison at Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, began on 18 February 1992. She was decommissioned on 20 November 1992 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day, and her inactivation at Mare Island was completed on 8 December 1992. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 24 October 1997.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Adcock, Al. (1993). "U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines". 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". Squadron Signal. p. 30. 

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