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Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624)
Commissioning

Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - Romeo - India

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Keel Laying - Launching
Active Service - Present


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 Wilson381kView of the Captain's Cabin shortly before the ship's commissioning at Mare Island, December 1963.U.S. Navy photo # 61260-12-63 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 03/30/12.
Woodrow Wilson14kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the commissioning of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), 27 December 1963. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Woodrow Wilson122k The front page of the Mare Island Shipyard's newspaper 20 December 1963 edition of the "Grapevine" marking the commissioning of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on 27 December 1963.U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Woodrow Wilson526k The Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Rear Admirals E.E. Yeomans, & Fahy at the Commissioning ceremony for the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 27 December 1963. USN photo # MSA-61556-12-63 courtesy of flickr.com from Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives via Stephen Gower.
Woodrow Wilson610kCommissioning ceremony for the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 27 December 1963. USN photo # MSA-61557-12-63 courtesy of flickr.com from Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives via Stephen Gower.
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 L. Baker.
Woodrow Wilson174k2nd 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 L. Baker.
Woodrow Wilson130k4th 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. Baker.
Woodrow Wilson56k The sail of the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) is gift wrapped for her commissioning at Mare Island on 27 December 1963.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. 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 L. 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 L. 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 L. Baker.
Woodrow Wilson91kView of the Captain's Cabin shortly before the ship's commissioning at Mare Island, December 1963.U.S. Navy photo # 61260-12-63 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 03/30/12.
Woodrow Wilson526k The Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Rear Admirals E.E. Yeomans, & Fahy at the Commissioning ceremony for the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 27 December 1963. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Woodrow Wilson100kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the Woodrow Wilson's (SSBN-624) first successful firing of the A-2 Polaris by the Gold crew, 16 March 1964.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Woodrow Wilson108k Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), testing her main ballast blow system during an alongside test at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. US Navy Photo by Myron Abrams from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar, submitted by Robert Hurst.

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

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Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) Reunion Association
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