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Radio Call Sign: November - Juliet - Yankee - Oscar

James Monroe (SSBN 622)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 31 July 1961, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 4 August 1962; Commissioned, USS James Monroe (SSBN 622), 7 December 1963; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 25 September 1990; Disposed of through Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 10 January 1995 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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James Monroe82kBorn in Westmoreland County, Va., 28 April 1758, James Monroe interrupted his education at William and Mary College in 1776 to join the Continental Army. He saw extensive action during the Revolutionary War receiving a wound at the battle of Trenton. In 1780 he began the study of law under Thomas Jefferson, then governor of Virginia, and 2 years later was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates to begin a legislative career which took him to the Confederation Congress and the United States Senate. He served the executive branch as Minister to France, Spain, and Great Britain. He joined Robert R. Livingston in negotiations with the French government leading to the Louisiana Purchase. President Madison appointed him Secretary of State in 1811 and added the War-Department portfolio to his duties during the closing months of the War of 1812.
Elected fifth President of the United States in 1816, Monroe led the country during a period remembered as "The Era of Good Feeling." His administration witnessed the settlement of several long standing disputes with Great Britain, the acquisition of Florida, the Missouri Compromise, and the promulgation of the Monroe Doctrine. At the end of his second term Monroe retired to his estate, "Oak Hill" and died 4 July 1831 while on a visit to New York.
Photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
James Monroe122k James Monroe (SSBN-622) Launch Invitation, 4 August 1962. Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
James Monroe309k James Monroe (SSBN-622) during her alpha trials off the Atlantic coast, taken on 4 November 1963. USN photo # USN 1111912 courtesy of Charles Lamm via Gary Priolo.
James Monroe76kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the commissioning of the James Monroe (SSBN-622), 7 December 1963, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
James Monroe230kCommissioning of the James Monroe (SSBN-622), 7 December 1963, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. USN photo # NPC 1136988, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
James Monroe103kJames Monroe (SSBN-622) commissioning ceremony, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 7 December 1963. Courtesy of Harry J. Allston.
James Monroe3.75kTwenty nine page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the James Monroe (SSBN-622).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
PDF added 04/18/12.
James Monroe79kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the first Missie firing aboard the James Monroe (SSBN-622), by the Gold Crew, off Cape Canaveral, 17 February 1964. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
James Monroe98k James Monroe (SSBN-622) at a Charleston S.C. yard pier April, 1969 for final testing after her overhaul. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
James Monroe201kPort side view of the James Monroe (SSBN-622) with the setting sun as a back drop, off of Charleston, S.C. during her sea trials, 1969. Photo by Jim Roddy EMC(SS), courtesy of the September 1971 edition of All Hands Magazine, submitted by Stan Svec.
James Monroe47kJames Monroe (SSBN-622) circa 1972. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
James Monroe73kNight time photo of the James Monroe (SSBN-622) alongside Proteus (AS-19) at Polaris Point, Guam. 1970 - 72. Photo courtesy of Ben Brooks.
James Monroe184kJames Monroe (SSBN-622) sailing either into or out of Apra Harbor, Guam. This photo would have been taken sometime from 1970 to 1972. Photo courtesy of Ben Brooks.
James Monroe215kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the James Monroe's (SSBN-622) decommissioning, 25 September 1990. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
James Monroe522k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine James Monroe (SSBN-622) underway, 1 February 1991. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-91-05223, by L. S. Ever, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
James Monroe2.67kSeventeen page PDF Deactivization pamphlet for the James Monroe (SSBN-622).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
PDF added 04/18/12.
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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