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Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 16 September 1961, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA; Launched, 22 February 1963; Commissioned, USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624), 27 December 1963; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1994; Disposed of through Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 27 October 1998 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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Woodrow Wilson172k The Shipyard Commander, RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN was primary speaker at the keel laying of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on 13 Sept 1961 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Looking on are the honorary keel layers. From left to right: Keith Kimball, Master, Power Plant; Emil C. Jensen, Deputy Chief Design Engineer; Eugene J. Murrary, Head, Electronics Shop; Edward Beutel, Head, Rigging Shop.
U.S. Navy photo # NY9 52475-9-61, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson124kRADM L. V. Honsinger, USN, Shipyard Commander of Mare Island Naval Shipyard authenticates the keel of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on 13 Sept. 1961.
U.S. Navy photo # NY9 52476-9-61, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson110k The honorary keel layers for the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) are shown during her keel laying at Mare Island on 13 Sept. 1961. From left to right: Emil C. Jensen, Deputy Chief Design Engineer; Eugene J. Murrary, Head, Electronics Shop; Keith Kimball, Master, Power Plant; Edward Beutel, Head, Rigging Shop.
U.S. Navy photo # NY9 52477-9-61, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson795k Hull Section #4 of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is shown being lifted onto the building ways over the way's caisson by Mare Island's 150 ton crane on 28 Dec. 1961.
U.S. Navy photo # NY9 53456-12-61, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson673k The Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is seen on the building ways ready for launching on 22 Feb 1963 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 58079-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson819k The Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is half way down the ways at her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 Feb 1963. The bow of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) is seen on the right.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 57990-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson821k The Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is seen at the end of the building ways at her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 Feb 1963. The Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) is seen on the right under construction.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 57991-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson105k Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 22 February 1963.
US Navy Photo.
Woodrow Wilson802k The Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is seen waterborne after her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 57993-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson819k The Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is seen in dry dock 2 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard after launching on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 57994-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson59k This picture appeared in the 22 Feb 1963 Souvenir Edition of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper the "Grapevine" marking the launching of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624). The caption reads: Taking instruction from Master Woodworker Joe Honodel, Group Master Eddie W. Martinez tries out the precise operation of the trigger mechanism which he will trip today to free the Woodrow Wilson for her maiden trip to the channel waters.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson113k The front page of the Mare Island Shipyard's newspaper 22 Feb 1963 Special Edition of the "Grapevine" marking the launching of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson39k The Ship' s Sponsor, Miss Eleanor Axson Sayre, christens the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 Feb 1963. RADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander is seen on the left. Picture is from the March 1, 1963, issue of the shipyard's newspaper the "Grapevine".
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson152k Ship's Sponsor of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) Miss Eleanor Axson Sayre, granddaughter of President Woodrow Wilson is seen at pre-launch reception at Mare Island on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 57996-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson95k The Ship's Sponsor of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) Miss Eleanor Axson Sayre, granddaughter of President Woodrow Wilson (Center) is seen with her brother Rev. Francis B. SayreJr., Miss Jessie Wilson Sayre, Maid of Honor at pre-launch reception at Mare Island on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 57998-2-63, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson71k Front cover of launching Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson189k Pages 1 & 2 of launching Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson122k Back cover of launching Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson122k Launch Cover of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 22 Feb 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Trieste II 113k Newspaper clipping from the Mare Island "Grapevine", Nov. 8, 1963 reporting on the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) testing and the Trieste's II delivery to the East Coast. U.S. Navy photo submitted by Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson14kCommemorative post mark on the occassion of the commissioning of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), 27 December 1963.
Courtesy of Jack Tretule.
Woodrow Wilson122k The front page of the Mare Island Shipyard's newspaper 20 Dec 1963 edition of the "Grapevine" marking the commissioning of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on 27 Dec 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson78k The scene at the commissioning of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson133k Front cover and 1st page of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson174k 2nd and 3rd pages of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson130k 4th and 5th pages of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson140k 6th and 7th pages of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson179k 8th and 9th pages of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson162k Pages 10 & 11 of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson140k Pages 12 & 13 of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson112k Pages 14 & 15 of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson109k Pages 16 of the Commissioning Program of Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson60k The Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court delivering a speech at the commissioning of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson69k The colors are raised aboard the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) during her commissioning at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson56k The sail of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is gift wraped for her commissioning at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson121k Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) departs the Golden Gate on her maiden voyage after her commissioning at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 61946-1-64, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson170k Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) departs the Golden Gate on her maiden voyage after her commissioning at Mare Island on 27 December 1963. Sign hanging from the bridge reads "From Gold 624 - - God Speed and Smooth Sailing".
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 61945-1-64, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson100k Port Bow quarter view of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) departing the Golden Gate on her maiden voyage after her commissioning at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo # MSA 61941-1-64, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Woodrow Wilson47k Oil on canvas painting by the artist James E. Mitchell entitled " DASO off Cape Kennedy Florida" pictures an A-3 Polaris fired from Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on October 15, 1969 with Lowery (DD-770) and Observation Island (AG-154) in background.
Painting # 70-731-B.
Courtesy of the USNHC.
Woodrow Wilson55k Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), underway, during sea trials off the coast of Virginia following installation of Posiden C-3 missile capability at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., October 1975.
Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock photo by Lloyd Everton, Supervisor of Photography at Newport News Shipbuilding, courtesy of Eric Dahlstrom.
Woodrow Wilson62kStarboard side view of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), underway, during sea trials off the coast of Virginia following installation of Posiden C-3 missile capability at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., October 1975.
Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock photo by Lloyd Everton, Supervisor of Photography at Newport News Shipbuilding, courtesy of Eric Dahlstrom.
Woodrow Wilson50k Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), underway, departing San Francisco Bay. Note the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point and Alcatraz Island in the background, date unknown.
US Navy Photo, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists web site.
Woodrow Wilson19k Broadside view of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) awaiting scrapping, October 1998 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
Courtesy of Don Shelton.
Woodrow Wilson35k With the sail of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) in the background, the nation's submarine force marked a major milestone in submarine history at Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., with the recent return of Florida (SSBN-728). The ship's Gold crew returned home from a successful underway May 9, 2001, marking the 3,500th strategic deterrent patrol by a U.S. Navy fleet ballistic missile submarine.
Since George Washington (SSBN-598), the first SSBN, left on patrol in 1960, fleet ballistic missile submarines have been patrolling the world's oceans providing America with the best deterrent defense in the world.
The 3,500th patrol was celebrated as part of the grand opening of Bangor's Deterrent Park on May 25, with guest speaker, Rear Adm. John Padgett, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "For more than 40 years, our strategic submarines have demonstrated sustained professionalism and a remarkable record of mission accomplishment," said Padgett. "Our strategic submarines remain the cornerstone to our national defense, and through 3,500 patrols, have earned the respect, confidence and support of American's citizens."
Padgett emphasized the importance of future patrols as well as past. "As we speak here at the 3,500th patrol, others are already on the 3,501st and 3,502nd." "Some will question why we still make deterrent patrols today," said Padgett. "The reality is, it is more important today than ever."

USN photo by JO3 Kodi Nace, courtesy of csp.navy.mil.

View the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) Reunion Association
FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines
Subnet, Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624)

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