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Nathan Hale (SSBN-623)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 2 October 1961, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 12 January 1963; Commissioned, USS Nathan Hale (SSBN 623), 23 November 1963; Decommissioned 3 November 1986; Struck from the Naval Register, 31 December 1986; Disposed of through Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 5 April 1994 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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Nathan Hale93k A statue of Nathan Hale, stands proudly in front of Tribune Tower, a memorial to one of a America's heroes, a true patriot. The statue was erected by the Chicago Tribune, and dedicated on 4 June 1940. It is a replica of Bela Lyon Pratt's 1912 statue of Hale that sits on the old campus of Yale University and another installed in his birthplace of Coventry, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Nathan Hale300kMrs. George W. Anderson, Jr., the wife of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), George Whelan Anderson, Jr, in charge of the US blockade of Cuba during Soviet missile crisis in 1962, sponsored the Nathan Hale (SSBN-623).Text courtesy of arlingtoncemetery.net.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 04/22/12.
Nathan Hale497kCover of the launching program of the Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 12 January 1963.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Nathan Hale98k Commemorative postal cover marking the occasion of the launching of the Nathan Hale (SSBN-623), at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 12 January 1963.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Nathan Hale45k The Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) slides down the ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 12 January 1963.Courtesy of Electric Boat.
Nathan Hale116k The Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) possibly during her initial sea trials off the east coast, 13-14 October 1963. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Nathan Hale67kThe Polaris submarine Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) the nation's 14th missile-firiing submarine, is shown under way during initial sea trials off the east coast, 13-14 October 1963.Courtesy of Electric Boat.
Nathan Hale18k Commemorative postal cover marking the occasion of the Nathan Hale's (SSBN-623) commissioning, 23 November 1963.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Nathan Hale1.13kTen page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Nathan Hale (SSBN-623).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 04/22/12.
Nathan Hale272kThree days before the 4th of July 1965 Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) sails.USN photo # NPC KN-11783, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Nathan Hale214kNathan Hale (SSBN-623) on 1 July 1965.USN photo # NPC KN-11783, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Nathan Hale158k Nathan Hale's (SSBN-623) crew prepare to moor the boat in Charleston, South Carolina on 25 March 1969. U.S. Navy Photograph # NPC K-46328, courtesy of pelicanharborsubvets.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Nathan Hale115k Commemorative postal cover marking the occasion of the Nathan Hale's (SSBN-623) firing of a Polaris missle at Cape Kennedy during a DASO operation by her Gold crew, 30 September 1969. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Nathan Hale25kCommemorative post card marking the decommissioning of the Nathan Hale (SSBN-623) on 3 November 1986.Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Nathan Hale107kDecommissioning Invitation for the Nathan Hale (SSBN-623), held at Naval Base Norfolk on 3 November 1986.Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
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.

View the Nathan Hale (SSBN 623)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

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Nathan Hale (SSBN-623)
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