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Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) (SSN-600)


Radio Call Sign: November - Papa - Yankee - Sierra

George Washington Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Authorized as Scamp (SSN-588); Laid down as Scamp (SSN-600), 20 May 1958, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Renamed and redesignated Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 6 November 1958; Launched, 3 October 1959; Commissioned, USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 13 February 1961; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1982; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 24 March 1995.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 5,946 t., Submerged: 6,700 t.; Length 382'; Beam 33'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 16 kts, Submerged 20+ kts; Complement 139; Test Depth 700'; Armament, 16 missile tubes; six 21" torpedo tubes, Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, 2 geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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Theodore Roosevelt156kTheodore Roosevelt, Jr. (27 October 1858 6 January 1919), was the twenty-sixth President of the United States, and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement. He became President of the United States at the age of 42. He served in many roles including Governor of New York, historian, naturalist, explorer, author, and soldier.
Roosevelt is most famous for his personality: his energy, his vast range of interests and achievements, his model of masculinity, and his "cowboy" persona. As Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy, he prepared for and advocated war with Spain in 1898. He organized and helped command the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the Rough Riders, during the Spanish-American War. Returning to New York as a war hero, he was elected Republican governor in 1899. He was a professional historian, a lawyer, a naturalist and explorer of the Amazon Basin; his 35 books include works on outdoor life, natural history, the American frontier, political history, naval history, and his autobiography.
In 1901, as Vice President, the 42 year-old Roosevelt succeeded President William McKinley after McKinley's assassination. He is the youngest person to become President (John F. Kennedy is the youngest elected President). Roosevelt was a Progressive reformer who sought to move the dominant Republican Party into the Progressive camp. He distrusted wealthy businessmen and dissolved forty monopolistic corporations as a "trust buster". He was clear, however, to show he did not disagree with trusts and capitalism in principle but was only against corrupt, illegal practices. His "Square Deal" promised a fair shake for both the average citizen (through regulation of railroad rates and pure food and drugs) and the businessmen.
As an outdoorsman, he promoted the conservation movement, emphasizing efficient use of natural resources. After 1906 he attacked big business and suggested the courts were biased against labor unions. In 1910, he broke with his friend and anointed successor William Howard Taft, but lost the Republican nomination to Taft and ran in the 1912 election on his own one-time Bull Moose ticket. Roosevelt beat Taft in the popular vote and pulled so many Progressives out of the Republican Party that Democrat Woodrow Wilson won in 1912, and the conservative faction took control of the Republican Party for the next two decades.
Roosevelt negotiated for the U.S. to take control of the Panama Canal and its construction in 1904; he felt the Canal's completion was his most important and historically significant international achievement. He was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize, winning its Peace Prize in 1906, for negotiating the peace in the Russo-Japanese War. Historian Thomas Bailey, who disagreed with Roosevelt's policies, nevertheless concluded, "Roosevelt was a great personality, a great activist, a great preacher of the moralities, a great controversialist, a great showman. He dominated his era as he dominated conversations....the masses loved him; he proved to be a great popular idol and a great vote getter." His image stands alongside Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore. Surveys of scholars have consistently ranked him from third to seventh on the list of greatest American presidents.
Photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Theodore Roosevelt92kCol. Theodore Roosevelt, 1st Cavalry, U.S.V. Ca. 1898. Photo by Rockwood, NARA FILE #: 111-SC-89751, & # HD-SN-99-01956 from the WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 65, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Theodore Roosevelt168kThe start of a full scale mock up of the engineering compartments of the then (SSBN-600)at Mare Island on 21 February 1958. USN photo # 38251-2-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt129kA progress view of the full scale mock up of the engineering compartments of the then (SSBN-600)at Mare Island on 5 March 1958. This is a stern view looking forward. USN photo # 38395-3-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt212kThe first hull section of (SSBN-600)is seen on the building ways at Mare Island on 24 April 1958. USN photo # 39027-4-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt185kVarious hull sections under fabrication at Mare Island's berth 15 for the then (SSBN-600)on 24 April 1958. Note spare 8" gun turret in background which is a hold over from WWII. USN photo # 39028-4-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt185kA progress view of the full scale mock up of the engineering compartments of the then (SSBN-600) at Mare Island on 15 May 1958. This is a stern view looking forward. USN photo # 39285-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt207kRADM M. J. Lawrence, Shipyard Commander speaking at keel laying of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 20 May 1958.USN photo # 39329-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt96kRADM M. J. Lawrence, Shipyard Commander authenticating keel of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 20 May 1958. USN photo # 39328-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt247kThe shipyard chaplain gives the invocation at the keel laying ceremonies for the (SSBN-600) (not yet named Theodore Roosevelt ) at Mare Island on 20 May 1958. USN photo # 39327-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt70kRADM E. W. Grenfell (COMSUBPAC) speaks at the keel laying of the then (SSBN-600) at Mare Island on 20 May 1958. USN photo # 39330-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt95kCapt. E. J. Fahy (Production Officer) and honorary keel layers L. L. Lundbery (Master Shop 64) and W. N. Sylva (Foreman, Shop 11) right at the keel laying ceremonies for the then (SSBN-600)at Mare Island on 20 May 1958. USN photo # 39331-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt154kCapt. E. J. Fahy (Production Officer Mare Island), RADM M. J. Lawrence (Shipyard Commander Mare Island) and RADM E. W. Grenfell (COMSUBPAC) after keel was laid for (SSBN-600) [later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 20 May 1958.USN photo # 39332-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt229kFull scale mock up of the engineering compartments for the (SSBN-600) [later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) at Mare Island on 27 May 1958. USN photo # 39422-5-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt158kFull scale mock up of the engine room looking aft of the (SSBN-600) [later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) at Mare Island on 9 June 1958. USN photo # 39616-6-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Construction
Theodore Roosevelt132kA hull section of the (SSBN-600)[later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) being transported aboard the yard's 150 ton floating crane YD-33 from berth 15 to the building ways at Mare Island on 2 July 1958. The bow of ARD-32 is seen to the right. USN photo # 39901-7-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt221kA hull section of the (SSBN-600)[later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) being placed on the skids at the building ways by the yard's 150 ton floating crane YD-33 at Mare Island on 2 July 1958. USN photo # 39905-7-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt340kA hull section of the (SSBN-600) [later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) on its skid being readied for moved into place on the ways by winches at Mare Island on 6 July 1958. USN photo # 39962-7-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Sargo132kSargo (SSN-583) is seen departing Mare Island on 3 August 1958 for trials.
The object in the left hand corner is a temporary building and the hull sections that line the dockyard are either for Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) or Permit (SSN-594).
USN photo # NY9 40452-8-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt1.5mMissile tube is seen being fabricated at Mare Island for the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) on 20 August 1958. USN photo # 40738-8-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt318kThe hull sections making up of the (SSBN-600)[later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) engineering spaces are in place on the building ways at Mare Island on 4 September 1958. USN photo # 40905-9-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt153kVarious hull sections of the (SSBN-600)[later} Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) at berth 17 at Mare Island on 2 September 1958. The yards dredge Endicott (YM-12)) is in the foreground. USN photo # 41007-9-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt & Halibut224kA forward hull section of the then (SSBN-600) arrives at the building ways at Mare Island on 22 September 1958. The bow of the Halibut (SSGN-587) is to the right. USN photo # 41183-9-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt303kThe propeller for the then (SSBN-600) is being poured at Mare Island on 2 October 1958.USN photo # 41292c-10-58c, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt224kA forward hull section of the then (SSBN-600)being place on the ways at Mare Island on 11 October 1958. USN photo # 41399-10-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.40kThe Halibut (SSGN-587) is ready for her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 9 January 1959. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the left of Halibut. USN photo # 42608-1-59 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt135kYard workers are seen working on bulkhead penetrations aboard (SSBN-600) at Mare Island on 24 October 1958. USN photo # 41552-10-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
587 & 60049kThe Halibut (SSGN-587) is ready for her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 9 January 1959. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the left of Halibut. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut138k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is seen just prior to her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 9 January 1959. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is on the ways to the right. USN photo # NY9 42606-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut284kThe boat riders are in place (hurry-up and wait for the VIPs) for the launching of Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. The hull of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the left of Halibut. USN photo # 42661-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut89k The Halibut (SSGN-587) on the building ways at Mare Island. Note that the ship is on an incline and there are rails under the launch cradle wooden blocking). This picture was taken in the early morning shortly before her launching. The five vertical supports on the left would removed before launching. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the right of Halibut. USN photo courtesy of Nick Spark. Text courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.10k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is at the end of ways during her launching at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is on the ways to the left. Navy Photo # 42623-1-59, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt110k Bow section of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) about to be landed on the building ways at Mare Island on 20 January 1959. USN photo # 43038-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt105k Bow section of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) about to be landed on the building ways at Mare Island on 20 January 1959. USN photo # 43039-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt129k Bow section of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) about to be landed on the building ways at Mare Island on 20 January 1959. USN photo # 43040-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt123k Bow section of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) is shown being jacked into proper alignment by Shop 64 (shipwrights) employees at Mare Island on 16 March 1959. USN photo # 43653-3-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt297kBow view of the hull of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) on the building ways at Mare Island on 18 March 1959. USN photo # 43711-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt304kStern view of the hull of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) on the building ways at Mare Island on 18 March 1959. USN photo # 43712-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut299kAmidships looking forward plan view of Halibut (SSGN-587) being outfitted at Mare Island in August 1959. Forward of Halibut is YSR-6 (Big W) bilge wheelerizing barge and Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) just visible on the building ways behind YSR-6 to the right. USN photo # 45615-8-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt542kSheetmetal mechanic working on a looker aboard the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island in 1960. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Launching
Theodore Roosevelt530kStern view of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) on the ways at Mare Island prior to launching, 3 October 1959.USN photo # NY9 45957-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt1.74kThe crew of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) pose a salute before the bow prior to launch 3 October 1959.
The contributors father, Hubert H. Hawkins, Jr. (Plank Owner), is in the fourth row back, fourth from the right.
USN photo courtesy of Hubert H. Hawkins, Jr. (Plank Owner) via Larry Hawkins.
Theodore Roosevelt283kThe arrival of Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Sponsor) and Mrs. Anina Woods (Matron of Honor) for the launching of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island, 3 October 1959.USN photo # NY9 45958-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt301kDeputy Secretary of Defense Thomas S. Gates receives honors during launching ceremonies of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island, 3 October 1959.USN photo # NY9 45959-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt342kBuilding ways at Mare Island on the launching day of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 3 October 1959.USN photo # 48863-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt535kBuilding ways at Mare Island on the launching day of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 3 October 1959. The only color photo of the Theodore Roosevelt launching at Mare Island I have located. USN photo # 48863-9-60c, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt271k Prospective crew members of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) are at quarters during the launching of the submarine at Mare Island on 3 October 1959.USN photo # 45942-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt641kCDR W. E. Sims (Prospective Commanding Officer) and LCDR Joseph W. Russell (Prospective Executive Officer) of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) standing before the submarine on the building ways at Mare Island on 3 October 1959. Photo # 45944C-10-59 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt233kCrowd at the building on launch day for Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island on 3 October 1959. USN photo # 45960-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt301kMrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth Christens the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island, 3 October 1959.USN photo # NY9 45966-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt151kMrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth after launching the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island. Here is the story of this picture from the shipyard newspaper. "She didn't do it, but she was supposed to -- break the champagne bottle on the bow of the Theodore Roosevelt, first Polaris submarine built on the West Coast, and launched at Mare Island on October 3, 1959.
Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of the late President for whom the ship was named, was the sponsor. She was also the first, and last, Mare Island sponsor who declined a dress rehearsal for the launching ceremony. She missed the ship when she swung the bottle, and in desperation threw the bottle at the ship and missed again. Fortunately, a member of the crew up on the ship pulled the bottle up by the attached cable, and quickly smashed the bottle on the bow before the ship hit the water. He did a fine job as evidence by the broken bottle held by the tearful sponsor."
USN photo # NY9 45983-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt118kMrs. Roosevelt Longworth waves to the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) which had just been launched at Mare Island. Left to right: Mrs. Roosevelt Longworth, Capt. L. L. Schock (Production Officer, Mare Island) and RADM L. V. Honsinger (Shipyard Commandant, Mare Island). USN photo # NY9 45982-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt516kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) going down the building ways at Mare Island, 3 October 1959. USN photo # 45982-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt1.10kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) is half way down the ways at her launching at Mare Island on 3 October 1959.Photo # 45966C-10-59 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt583kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at the end of the building ways Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 3 October 1959. USN photo # NY9 45979-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt513kBow view of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) waterborne after launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 3 October 1959. USN photo # NY9 45969-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt365kThe newly launched Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) is seen waterborne at Mare Island on 3 October 1959. USN photo # 45994-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt492kThe newly launched Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) is seen being pushed to her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 3 October 1959. USN photo # 45970-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt105kThe Sponsor and Matron of Honor of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at the reception after launching of the submarine at Mare Island on 3 October 1959. Left to right: Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Sponsor and daughter of TR) and Mrs. Anina Woods (Matron of Honor). USN photo # 45972-10-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt75kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the launching of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 3 October 1959.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt132kPages 1 & 2 of the launching program the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 3 October 1959.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt129kPages 3 & 4 of the launching program the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600), 3 October 1959.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt161kThis bronze plaque of Theodore Roosevelt was presented to the submarine which carried his name by his daughter and the ship's sponsor Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth. USN photo # 49986-12-60, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Commissioning - Decommissioning
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.
Theodore Roosevelt512k A cutaway diagram of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) by Electric Boat. USN photo # P1248 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt122k In order to spice up some dull Navy life aboard ship, American Shuffleboard rep Sol Lipkin was called upon by the US Navy Officer and Chaplain of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) to help get a table shuffleboard installed to give the crew something competive to do while spending days and months on underwater missions, including an upcoming "shakedown" mission)... something more competive than watching movies was their goal.
The shuffleboard installation became part of the outfitting to-do list. It was installed on the topedo rack's steel structure that lifts up/down and the legs on the shuffleboard cradle had to be drastically shortened to accommodate to be the correct height needed for play from the shuffleboard's cradle.
The tournament was MC'd by the Navy Commander (who was also a surgeon/doctor by trade). Sol Lipkin has a reel tape of this tournament that he is trying to locate so that it can be reproduced and preserved on more durable media. Sol does not recall the names of the Commander and Lieutenent (Sr. Grade Officer) that ended up as partners against two other crew members in the final match of the tournament, but does vividly recall the final shots of the tournament.
The score was 20-20 (21 point game format) and the Captain had the last weight (hammer). His opponent threw a short weight, so it seemed almost definitely that the Captain would have no problem outpassing his opponent's short weight to capture the one point needed to win the tournament. However, it appears that someone tipped off the helmsman and with perfect timing, as the Captain threw his hammer to pass the short weight, the submarine took a tilt that placed the Captain's hammer into the "rough" (which was the Navy crew's term for when a weight went into the gutter)... so the two opposing crew members won without the hammer and with only a short weight on the board and were officially the tournament Champions!
Partial text courtesy of Dan Danielson.
Photo courtesy of Sol Lipkin, Tom & Lynda French, The Board Talk Editors/Publishers).
Theodore Roosevelt139k Theodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) torpedo room and nuclear powered shuffle tableboard. Photo courtesy of Sol Lipkin, Tom & Lynda French, The Board Talk Editors/Publishers).
Theodore Roosevelt139k Theodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) torpedo room and nuclear powered shuffle tableboard. Photo courtesy of Sol Lipkin, Tom & Lynda French, The Board Talk Editors/Publishers).
Theodore Roosevelt1.50kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at her outfitting berth and Mare Island in 1960. There is a YD alongside to load the dummy Polaris shapes aboard the boat.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt215kBow view of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) in Mare Island dry dock #3 on 6 April 1960.USN photo # 47623-4-60, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt208kStern view of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) in Mare Island dry dock #3 on 6 April 1960.USN photo # 47624-4-60, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt287k The Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) departing Mare Island on her first builders trails on 2 December 1960. USN photo # 49937-12-60, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt1.00kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) preparing to depart Mare Island for sea trials on 12 December 1960.Photo # 49805-12-60 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt656kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) entering Mare Island's dry dock #3 on 13 February 1961 for her commissioning. YTL 434 is on the sub's bow.Photo # 50400C-2-61 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt262kVADM F. N. Kivette, Commander, Western Sea Frontier receiving honors at commissioning ceremony of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in dry dock 3, 13 February 1961.USN photo # NY9 50405-2-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt229kCommissioning ceremony of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in dry dock 3, 13 February 1961.USN photo # NY9 50406-2-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt456kThe colors are raised during the commissioning ceremony of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island Shipyard in dry dock 3, 13 February 1961.USN photo # NY9 50411-2-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt125kPages 1 & 2 of the Theodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) commissioning program, 13 February 1961. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt169kPages 3 & 4 of the Theodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) commissioning program, listing the Blue & Gold crews, 13 February 1961. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt1.40kAerial view of Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at sea in February 1961. Photo # 50361-2-61 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt60kThe Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) rounds North Island as she enters San Diego harbor on 22 February 1961, one week after her commissioning.USN photo.
Theodore Roosevelt329kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) on 22 February 1961.USN photo # NPC 1053538 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Theodore Roosevelt696kCrew members departing Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) via an inflatable brow in February 1961.Photo # 49930-2-61 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt667kInflatable gym pier side with the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) at Mare Island in September 1961.Photo # 52400-9-61 TH courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt12.7kCirca 1961-62 28 page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600).USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt160kA Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) seaman working at the controls of the sumarine.Photographer: J. R. Eyerman, courtesy of life.time.com
Theodore Roosevelt164k A view of the access hatches to the polaris missiles, February 1961.Photographer: J. R. Eyerman, courtesy of life.time.com
Theodore Roosevelt160kTheodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) Commanding Officer, USN Commander Oliver H. Perry Jr.Photographer: J. R. Eyerman, courtesy of life.time.com
Theodore Roosevelt656k 5 photo PDF of Theodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) visit to Charleston, South Carolina N.Y., July 1961.Photo courtesy of Lowcountry Digital Library.
PDF added 06/12/15.
Theodore Roosevelt49kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of one of the Theodore Roosevelt's (SSBN-600) Polaris patrols, 1962. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Theodore Roosevelt168kPort side view of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) off Diamond Head, Hawaii, possibly circa 1974. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Theodore Roosevelt81kThe Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) in 1974 at Cape Canaveral, Florida conducting missile test's.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Theodore Roosevelt363kTheodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) missile launch on 17 August 1974.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Theodore Roosevelt101k Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) with six open torpedo tubes in drydock.Photo courtesy of John Wiles Communicator, Electrical Div. Officer, and DCA between 1976 and 1979, Gold and Combined Crew.
Theodore Roosevelt70k Night photo of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) in floating dry-dock in Guam '76.Photo courtesy of John Wiles, Communicator, Electrical Div. Officer, and DCA between 1976 and 1979, Gold and Combined Crew.
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.
Spent Fuel569kSealed 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 spent fuel 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-616) ,
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.

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