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Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) (SSN-608)

Ethan Allen Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 14 September 1959, at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 22 November 1960; Commissioned, USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), 8 August 1961; Re-designated Attack Submarine (SSN-608), 1 September 1980; Decommissioned, 31 March 1983; Struck from the Naval Register, 2 April 1983; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 30 July 1999, listed as scrapped.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 6,946 t., Submerged: 7,884 t.; Length 410'; Beam 34'; Draft 32'; Speed, Surfaced 16 kts, Submerged 21 kts; Complement 110, (each Blue and Gold); Armament, 16 missile tubes; four 21" torpedo tubes, (forward); Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, 2 geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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Ethan Allen87k Ethan Allen and Capt. de la Place. May 1775. The capture of Fort Ticonderoga, NY. Copy of engraving after Alonzo Chappel. NARA FILE # 111-SC-94758. USN photo # HD-SN-99-01671, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
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 David Johnston
Ethan Allen876kSPEAKERS AT LAUNCHING OF ATOMIC SUBMARINE on 22 November 1960.AP Wire photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Ethan Allen223kMrs. Robert H. Hopkins, great-great-great-granddaughter of Ethan Allen gives her ancestor a loving peck on his steel cheek on 22 November 1960.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
608698kWorkers are making preparations for the launching of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) at Electric Boat on 22 November 1960.Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
608387kThe launching of Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), 22 November 1960.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
608150kBroadside view of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) leaving the launching ways on 22 November 1960.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Ethan Allen332kPACIFICIST BOARDS ATOMIC SUB on 22 November 1960.A.P. Wirephoto courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Ethan Allen407kLaunching program of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on 22 November 1960.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Ethan Allen731kArtwork of an SSN - Saturdays, Sundays, Nights.
An Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) class boat runs submerged durng the 1960's.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Ethan Allen127kEthan Allen (SSBN-608), underway during her trials, circa late 1960. Courtesy of Electric Boat.
60885kEthan Allen (SSBN-608) undergoing sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean during late 1960.USN photo courtesy of & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Behrens 131k Vice Admiral William Wohlsen Behrens, Jr. was assigned to the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) as Commanding Officer (Gold) from March 1961 to May 1963. Photo courtesy of the Behrens family & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Learning something about the Polaris submarine Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Army Secretary Stahr tries out the controls under instruction of the subís commanding officer. Comdr. Paul N. Lacy. (Blue crew). Mr. Stahrís 24-hour course included a night spent on another atomic submarine, the Seawolf (SSN-575).
A.P. Wirephoto.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 07 July 1961, Image 3, via
608520kCommissioning ceremonies for the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on 8 August 1961.Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Lacy 49k Paul Lindsay Lacy Jr, a native of Dallas, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1943 and attained the rank of Rear Admiral in July, 1967. After duty aboard the Cleveland (CL-56), he served aboard the submarine Sea Cat (SS-399) in the closing days of World War II. He has commanded three submarines -- Guitarro (SS-363), Pickerel (SS-524) and the nuclear-powered Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Ethan Allen (SSBN-608). Prior to SUBPAC, RADM Lacy was assigned as Manager, Later Design Attack Submarine Project in Washington, D.C. Lacy assumed the duties of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 13 October 1970. He died on Sunday, 14 July 2013.
Paul Lacy was the commanding officer of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) from 8 August 1961 to 28 May 1964.
Text courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).
USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Ethan Allen54kThe first Polaris A-2 launch was made by the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), on 23 October 1961 while submerged off the coast of Cape Canaveral.USN photo courtesy of Lockheed.
Ethan Allen1.25kPolaris A-2 Missile fired from Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) off the Florida coast near Cape Canaveral, 23 October 1961. This was the first underwater launch of the second-generation Polaris missile. USN photograph # Polaris-5, now in the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command, Navy Subject Files, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via
Ethan Allen54kCommemorative post mark honoring the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on the occasion of the first Polaris A-2 launch on 23 October 1961 while submerged off the coast of Cape Canaveral.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Ethan Allen49kCommemorative post mark honoring the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on the occasion of the U.S. resuming Nuclear Atmospheric Tests. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Ethan Allen90kVAdm.Claude Ricketts, newly appointed Vice Chief of Naval Operations, mans the periscope of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608). USNI photo.
Ethan Allen61k Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), 21 March 1962, off the coast of Cape Canaveral. USN photo courtesy of Schulman PH2.
Ethan Allen28kIn this still image, from a motion picture taken to document the Frigate Bird event, the nuclear-armed Frigate Bird test missile clears the water shortly after launching from Ethan Allen (SSBN-608). Photo & text courtesy of Photo appeared in an article from the Fall 2004 edition of Undersea Warfare.
Ethan Allen21kThis movie still shows a planning conference on board Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) shortly after she arrived in the firing area. RADM Lloyd Mustin, Commander, JTG-8.8, is second from the left. Photo & text courtesy of Photo appeared in an article from the Fall 2004 edition of Undersea Warfare.
Ethan Allen15kNavy Task Group Logo for JTF - 8,(Joint Task Force Eight), Nuclear Atmospheric Test Force in the Pacific, 1962.
Operation Dominic I was a series of 36 atmospheric nuclear weapon detonations held in the Pacific Ocean area from April to November 1962.
In addition, the Navy conducted two nuclear tests in the open ocean, the first on 4 May about 435 nmi (806 km) east of Christmas Island and the second on 11 May 370 nmi (686 km) southwest of San Diego, Calif. The first, called Frigate Bird, was a missile-launched air burst, a proof test of the Polaris weapon system, launched from the submarine, Ethan Allen (SSBN-608).
Photo courtesy Chet Morris and submitted by Fabio Pen~a. Text courtesy of
Ethan Allen79k Crew of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) man the bridge in this 1964 photo. The officer on the left has his hand on a signal lamp. USN photo courtesy of NARA.
Ethan Allen95k A torpedo-man rolls a Mk 16 torpedo into position aboard the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) for stowing. USN photo courtesy of NARA.
608113kChecking the fish aboard the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608). USN photo # NPC K-41154, courtesy of Scott Koen &
Ethan Allen105k Ethan Allen's (SSBN-608) captain on the radio-phone giving his orders to the missile control center during a launch exercise. USN photo courtesy of NARA.
608128kBroadside view of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on 10-67.USN photo # NPC K-41154, courtesy of Scott Koen &
608150kStarboard view of the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on 27 May 1969.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
608113kEthan Allen (SSBN-608) lets one fly on 8-9-74. USN photo # NPC K-41154, courtesy of Scott Koen &
608489kCDR John C. Vick commanded the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) (Blue crew) from July 1975 to 1 November 1979. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
608310kEthan Allen (SSBN-608) in early 1981; the first submarine to use the Demagnetizing Facility at Naval Submarine Base Bangor WA. passing through the Magnetic Silencing Facility. USN photo courtesy of Jim Geldert.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Sammy Young, SKCS(SS) (USN) Retired.
60832k Despite what the caption says, Battery Renewal for the Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) on 31 January 1983.
The Ethan Allen was being cut in half and the missile compartment was almost completely removed by 31 January 1983. The batteries were removed at Puget Sound naval shipyard in Bremerton, WA. before that date.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Roger Crozier. USN photo from the collection of Mr. Palmer Olliff, courtesy of Bob Hall & submitted by Fabio Pena.
Ethan Allen58kEthan Allen (SSBN-608), cut out of the boat class.Courtesy of
Haddock31kHaddock (SSN-621), at top, followed by Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Aspro (SSN-648), Bergall (SSN-667) and Silversides (SSN-679) at bottom, awaiting scrapping at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 1999.Photo courtesy of Don Shelton.
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 (of blessed memory).
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 submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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-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).
As time passes & more boats are retired from service and their reactors are brought here, so the numbers rise. In this photo dated November 2009, 98 nuclear submarines and six nuclear cruisers have been recycled. For an up to date view, click here
USN photo submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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