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Patrick Henry (SSBN / SSN-599)


George Washington Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 27 May 1958, as the (SSBN-599), at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT; Launched, 22 September 1959; Commissioned, USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), 11 April 1960; Reclassified (SSN-599), 24 October 1981; Decommissioned, 25 May 1984; Struck from the Naval Register, 16 December 1985; Final Disposition, disposed of through Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 31 August 1997 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 5,900 t., Submerged: 6,700 t.; Length 381' 8" ; Beam 33'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 20 kts, Submerged 25 kts; Complement 112; Test Depth 700'; Armament, 16 Polaris missile tubes; six 21" torpedo tubes, Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, two geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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Patrick Henry93kOil on canvas, 1891 ca. entitled "Patrick Henry" by the artist George Bagby Matthews (1857 - 1943) after Thomas Sully".
Patrick Henry, born in Hanover Co., Va., in 1736, was licensed to practice law in 1760 and became an immediate success. On 20 May 1765 he became a member of the House of Burgesses, defending the western and northern counties against the tidewater region. He was the leader of a new party between 1765 and 1770, thereafter consolidating the opposition to Great Britian.
Chosen delegate to the first Continental Congress, he supported radical, nationalistic measures. On 20 March 1775, at an assembly meeting in Richmond, he uttered his famous saying "Give me liberty, or give me death." In May 1776 he was elected Governor of Virginia and twice reelected. He was Governor again 178486. He died at Red Hill Plantation, Charlotte Co., Va., 1799.
Photo & text courtesy of senate.gov & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Patrick Henry1.13kShipyard Rushes Polaris Sub for Launching, 17 September 1959. Night shift works on the U.S. Navy's atomic powered ballistic missile submarine is rushed towards its Tuesday, 22 September 1959, launching at Groton, Connecticut. Patrick Henry's (SSBN-599) launching will mark a construction record for nuclear submarines, less than sixteen months having elapsed since the laying of the keel. The 380-foot, 5,400 ton boat is designed to fire solid-fueled Polaris ballistic missiles from submerged positions. It will be the seventh atomic submarine launcing by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, which ushered in the age of nuclear propulsion in 1954 with the launching of Nautilus (SSN-571).USN photo # USN 710534, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.
Patrick Henry1.05kMrs. Leslie Arends, wife of the congressman from Illinois, christening the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on 22 September 1959.USN photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 03/11/17.
Patrick Henry142kThe Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) meets the Atlantic Ocean on 22 September 1959.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry2.83k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) entering the water during her launching on 22 September 1959. USN photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Patrick Henry718kLaunching Program PDF of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599). PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Submarine Silhouettes 1960179kSubmarine Silhouettes of 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575), Skate (SSN-578), Skipjack (SS-585), Triton (SSRN-586), Halibut (SSGN-587), Thresher (SSN-593), Tullibee (SSN-597), George Washington (SSBN-598), & Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) classes.
USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Nuclear Submarine Profiles187kNuclear Submarine Profiles 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Triton (SSRN-586),
Skate (SSN-578) & Skipjack (SS-585) classes,
Halibut (SSGN-587) & Tullibee (SSN-597) classes,
George Washington (SSBN-598) &
Thresher (SSN-593) classes.
USN photo courtesy of Ron Titus courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Patrick Henry66kCapt. Harold E. Shear with a birds eye view from his perch atop the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) shortly after commissioning on 9 March 1960.USN photo.
Partial text courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Patrick Henry804k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on trial on 28 March 1960. USN photo # NPC 1047225, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry355k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) trial by water on April 1960.USN photo # USN 1047431, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry1.34k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on May 1960. USN photo # NPC 1048492, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry109kThe US sub Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) during the firing of a Polaris missile in Newport, RI., July 1960.
The photo actually shows a test of the missile ejection system. A real missile would have never been shot this close to shore with boats around and men standing on the forward deck.
Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Photographer: Joseph Scherschel, courtesy of life.time.com
Patrick Henry70kA truly happy smile lights up President Dwight D. Eisenhower's face while at the controls of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), July 1960. USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle /Jim Warrick, FTCS SS USN Ret. Gold 1962-1969.
Patrick Henry115kThe back of the grin on President Dwight D. Eisenhower's face while at the controls of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), July 1960.Photographer: Joseph Scherschel, courtesy of life.time.com
Patrick Henry128kBow view, topside of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on 22 July 1960.USN photo # NPC 1051228, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry1.31k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on 25 July 1960. USN photo NPC KN-1061, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry426kWriting under tab reads "Shop 931" Note states, "Propeller Check - Propeller for the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) gets going over in Shipyard Machine Shop.", August 1960.Photo courtesy of Lowcountry Digital Library
Patrick Henry104kPatrick Henry (SSBN-599) with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his party on board, August 1960. The Presidential boat Barbara Anne is alongside. Official USN photo # NH 68576, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Patrick Henry333kAT CONTROLS;
Off Groton CT., Admiral Hyman Rickover, right, chief of the Navy's atomic ship program, and Dr. Edward Teller, noted physicist, were photoraphed at the controls of the nuclear submarine Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) Saturday, 15 August 1960.
AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Patrick Henry68kAdmiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations,on board Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) during the countdown for a "Polaris" missile launch, off Cape Canaveral, Florida, 22 September 1960. The man at right is Stephen D. Gage. Official USN photo # NH 55875, courtesy of the USNHC.
Patrick Henry59kCapt. Harold E. Shear & on the left and CO R.L.J. Long JR. on right, aboard the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), 1960. Courtesy of Jack Treutle /Jim Warrick, FTCS SS USN Ret. Gold Crew, 1962-1969.
Patrick Henry25kCommemorative post card marking the first Polaris missile fired by Patrick Henry's (SSBN-599) Gold crew, 20 October 1960. Courtesy of Jack Treutle, Gold Crew, 1962-1969.
Patrick Henry2.42k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) departing Charleston, SC on 30 December 1960. USN photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
AS-19/SSBN-599288kTransfer of a Polaris Missile between Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) and Proteus (AS-19) at Holy Loch, Dunoon, Scotland, 11 March 1961. USN photo # NPC 1053952, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
AS-19/SSBN-599110kTransfer of a Polaris Missile between Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) and Proteus (AS-19) at Holy Loch, Dunoon, Scotland, 11 March 1961. USN photo.
Patrick Henry98kCapt. Walter Schlech (L) w. Cmdr. Robert Long (R) on the bridge of Polaris Missile sub Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) in Scotland, December 1961. Photographer: John Dominis, courtesy of life.time.com
Patrick Henry107kPolaris missile sub Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) cruising on Clyde River on patrol. Photographer: John Dominis, courtesy of life.time.com
Patrick Henry141kFrogmen on board the Polaris missile sub Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) checking for any underwater damage, December 1961. Photographer: John Dominis, courtesy of life.time.com
Patrick Henry54k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) returning from patrol, early 1960s. Courtesy of Jack Treutle /Jim Warrick, FTCS SS USN Ret. Gold Crew, 1962-1969.
Patrick Henry458kBlack and white image of a submarine number 599 in the water after having launched a Polaris ballistic missile, early 1960s. Photo by Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Patrick Henry156kPatrick Henry (SSBN-599) off Guam, 1976.USN photo # 137437-7-76 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Patrick Henry13kThe last Polaris missile fired by Patrick Henry's (SSBN-599) Gold crew leaves the boat sometime during the late 1970's. Courtesy of Jack Treutle, Gold Crew, 1962-1969.
Patrick Henry213kCrewmembers of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on the missile deck.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry111kStern view in drydock.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry391kPatrick Henry (SSBN-599) gets sandblasted in drydock. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry93kPatrick Henry (SSBN-599) following overhaul. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry1.07kWelcome Aboard PDF of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), circa 1972.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry2.13k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) while undergoing overhaul at Mare Island, was awarded the Battle "E" for fiscal year 1976 at the shipyard on 8 November 1976. Left to right: RADM C. H. Griffth (COMSUBPAC), CDR D. R. Ferrier (CO, Patrick Henry) and MMCM Clyde Corbin (COB, Patrick Henry). USN photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Patrick Henry782k Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) was presented the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award at Mare Island on 8 November 1976. Left to right: VADM R. L. J. Long (Vice Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare) RADM C. H. Griffth (COMSUBPAC), CDR D. R. Ferrier (CO, Patrick Henry) and MMCM Clyde Corbin (COB, Patrick Henry). USN photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Patrick Henry122kDecommissioning of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) on 25 May 1984. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry505kRemoval of the missile compartment. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Patrick Henry1.39kTwenty page Decommissioning Ceremony PDF of the Patrick Henry (SSBN-599).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
PSNSY 683k An aerial view of a section of the Ship Intermediate Maintenance Facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 17 May 1993. One submarine tender and 16 decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are shown including the Seawolf (SSN-575); six George Washington, and Lafayette class SSBN's (with their missile sections cut out) plus several Skate, Skipjack, Permit and Sturgeon class SSN's. All are awaiting scrapping.
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583) , Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598),Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
Official USN photo # DN-ST-95-01863, by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston (USN).
PSNSY291k"Sign of the times." March 1994 photo of Nuclear submarines at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard waiting in line for scrapping.
Top row left to right are Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Seawolf (SSN-575), Plunger (SSN-595), Shark (SSN-591), Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636), Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) alongside Sperry (AS-12), with Triton (SSRN-586) across the pier from the Sperry .
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583) , Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598),Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
There are so many submarines at PSNSY that the yard is running out of pier space.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Scrapping 25kCommemorative post card marking the scrapping of the Seawolf (SSN-575), Snook (SSN-592), Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), Henry Clay (SSBN-625) and Baton Rouge (SSN-689), 31 August 1997 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Reactor Compartments83kTrench 94, Hanford Site, Washington, 1994. Hull sections containing defueled reactor compartments of decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are put in disposal trenches. Once full, the trench will be filled with dirt and buried. The compartments are expected to retain their integrity for more than 600 years. USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
reactor compartments 569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for reactor compartments of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658),
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 185k Moored submarines awaiting their final fate at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA sometime in 1996: From left to right:
Shark (SSN-591),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Snook (SSN-592) &
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599).
Photograph courtesy of Ray Arntson via btrosper.com.

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