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John Adams (SSBN 620)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 19 May 1961, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME; Launched, 12 January 1963; Commissioned, USS John Adams (SSBN 620), 12 May 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 24 March 1989; Disposed of through Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 12 February 1996 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 7,250 t., Submerged: 8,250 t.; Length 425' ; Beam 33'; Draft 32'; Speed, Surfaced/Submerged 20+ kts; Complement 120; Test depth 1,300'; Armament, 16 Polaris missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes; Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, two geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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John Adams 109k John Adams. Copy of painting by or after John Singleton Copley, ca. 1783. (George Washington Bicentennial Commission)
NARA FILE #: 148-CD-4-18. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # HD-SN-99-01727, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
John Adams259kREADY TO GO - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's second nuclear powered Polaris missle submarine, the John Adams (SSBN-620) is shown here yesterday poised on her building ways and ready for her launching at 1:15. Although this is the first time a Polaris submarine has gone down the ways bow first, todays ceremony marks the third time this has taken place here, the others were of the Thresher class.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams437k Front & back cover of the John Adams (SSBN-620) launching Program at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, 12 January 1963. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams391kStern view of the John Adams (SSBN-620) going down the ways at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on 12 January 1963. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
John Adams298k The John Adams (SSBN-620) starts to slides bow first into the water during her launching at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, 12 January 1963. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams331k The John Adams (SSBN-620) enters the water on the launching ways at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, 12 January 1963. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams268k The John Adams (SSBN-620) is more than half way down the launching ways at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, 12 January 1963. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams268k With crew and dignitaries on board, the John Adams (SSBN-620) is waterborne and underway following her launching, 12 January 1963. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams193kCdr Lando C. Zeck Jr., 1st Blue CO of the John Adams (SSBN-620).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams195kCdr Paul John Early, lst Gold CO of the John Adams (SSBN-620).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
12 May 1964431kOne of a kind times three:
John Adams (SSBN-620) commissioned, Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636) launched; & Grayling's (SSN-646) keel laid on 12 May 1964.
Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
John Adams148kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) sails the seas on 10/10/1964.USN photo # NPC 1114103, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams 317k The John Adams (SSBN-620) underway during her shakedown period off the New England coast, April 1964. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams258kThe colorful trials of John Adams (SSBN-620). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams 121k The John Adams (SSBN-620) against the backdrop of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, April 1964. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
John Adams258kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) is a commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy on 12 May 1964.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams 327k Cover of the John Adams (SSBN-620) Commissioning Program at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME, 12 May 1964. Photo from the collection of Edmund Cokely, CWO 2, USN Retired.
John Adams 115kJohn Adams (SSBN-620), entering Pearl Harbor on 12 January 1970 during a dependents cruise. Across the stern is Diamond Head and across the bow is Honolulu. Text courtesy of Don Sparks, YNC(SS)-Ret. USS JOHN ADAMS (B & G) May 1966 - July 1970. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
John Adams 27k Commemorative post card marking the death of John Adams exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson also died the same day. Post mark dated on the bicentennial, 4 July 1976. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
John Adams457k Hunley (AS-31) & John Adams (SSBN-620).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/01/13.
John Adams321kA tender night for the John Adams (SSBN-620). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams124kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) is welcomed home in 1973.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams231kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) during her 1973-4 overhaul.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams464kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) during her 1973-4 overhaul.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams415kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) during her 1973-4 overhaul.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams249kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) during Demonstration And Shakedown Operation trial on 25 May 1976.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams127kMissle compartment aboard the John Adams (SSBN-620).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams258kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) creates a splash in style during the launch of a Poseidon missle on 25 May 1976.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams 59k John Adams (SSBN-620) in Ft. Lauderdale FL., 1981. Courtesy of The unofficial* USS John Adams (SSBN 620) Homepage.
John Adams 39k "The John Adams (SSBN-620) and the Sailing Ship Baltimore." This picture was on the front page of the Charleston, South Carolina paper the "News and Courier" in 1982. Text and photo courtesy of The unofficial* USS John Adams (SSBN 620) Homepage.
John Adams134kJohn Adams (SSBN-620) last Pacific patrol.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John Adams 115k Commemorative post card marking the decommissioning of the John Adams (SSBN-620), 24 March 1989. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Lafayette class611k An aerial view of four Lafayette class (SSBN-616) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in the early stages of being scrapped out in a graving dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, 17 May 1993.
The Lafayette (SSBN-616) & Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) are most likely the two on the port side. They were the first two boats of this class to be decommissioned. The next two boats to be decommissioned were the John Adams (SSBN-620) & Tecumseh (SSBN-628), and they might be the two on the starboard side.
USN photo # DN-ST-95-01860 by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
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-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.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The unofficial* USS John Adams (SSBN 620) Homepage
FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines

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