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'''USS ''Lewis and Clark'' (SSBN-644)''', a {{sclass|Benjamin Franklin|submarine|4}} [[ballistic missile]] [[submarine]], was the first ship of the [[United States Navy]] to be named for the explorers [[Meriwether Lewis]] (1774–1809) and [[William Clark (explorer)|William Clark]] (1770–1838), who carried out the [[Lewis and Clark Expedition]] of 1804-1806.
 
'''USS ''Lewis and Clark'' (SSBN-644)''', a {{sclass|Benjamin Franklin|submarine|4}} [[ballistic missile]] [[submarine]], was the first ship of the [[United States Navy]] to be named for the explorers [[Meriwether Lewis]] (1774–1809) and [[William Clark (explorer)|William Clark]] (1770–1838), who carried out the [[Lewis and Clark Expedition]] of 1804-1806.
 
==Construction and commissioning==
 
==Construction and commissioning==
The contract to construct ''Lewis and Clark'' was awarded on 1 November 1962, and her keel was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, Virginia, on 29 July 1963. She was launched on 21 November 1964, sponsored by Mrs. M. F. Engman and Mrs. M. G. Sale, and commissioned on 22 December 1965 with [[Commander]] John F. Fagan, Jr., in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Kenneth A. Porter in command of the Gold Crew.
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The contract to construct ''Lewis and Clark'' was awarded on 1 November 1962, and her keel was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, [[Virginia]], on 29 July 1963. She was launched on 21 November 1964, sponsored by Mrs. M. F. Engman and Mrs. M. G. Sale, and commissioned on 22 December 1965 with [[Commander]] John F. Fagan, Jr., in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Kenneth A. Porter in command of the Gold Crew.
   
 
==Service history==
 
==Service history==
After shakedown and missile firing off [[Cape Kennedy]], Florida, in 1966, ''Lewis and Clark'' began deterrent patrols, armed with [[Polaris A3 missile|Polaris A3 ballistic missiles]].
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After shakedown and missile firing off [[Cape Kennedy]], [[Florida]], in 1966, ''Lewis and Clark'' began deterrent patrols, armed with [[Polaris A3 missile|Polaris A3 ballistic missiles]].
   
 
:''History needed for 1969-1972.''
 
:''History needed for 1969-1972.''

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