Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster.
Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive


Patch on left contributed by Mike Smolinski, Decal on right by unlimiteddetails.com

Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624)
Active Service - Present

Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - Romeo - India

To Additional Pages

Keel Laying - Launching
Commissioning


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.
Click On Image
For Full Size Image
SizeImage DescriptionSource
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 15 October 1969 with Lowery (DD-770) and Observation Island (AG-154) in the background.
Painting # 70-731-B.
Courtesy of the USNHC.
Woodrow Wilson72kThe Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) on the start of a deterrent patrol off Diamond Head, Hawaii circa 1969-72. She was transferred to the Pacific and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 19 November, via Charleston and the Panama Canal. The fleet ballistic missile submarine continued toward the western Pacific to be based at Guam. She conducted deterrent patrols from Apra Harbor through 1972. USN photo. Text courtesy of DANFS. Photo i.d. courtesy of Harry Howard. (USN SSBN-628),retired.
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 Wilson1.00kEleven page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 04/23/12.
Woodrow Wilson307k A starboard view of the nuclear-powered submarine Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) underway on 1 February 1991.
USN photo # DN-ST-91-05224 by Frank Peele, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Woodrow Wilson349k A photographer's mate/diver descends to the submerged nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), to videotape Navy Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) team members entering and exiting the vessel during lock-out procedures off the coast of Puerto Rico, 1 September 1991.
USN photo # DN-SC-92-04602 by PHC Reinhard, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Woodrow Wilson130k A photographer's mate/diver aims his camera at a hatch in the forward hull of the submerged nucelar-powered strategic missile submarine Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), while waiting for a Navy sea-air-land (SEAL) team member of the SEAL team as they practice entering and exiting the submarine during lock-out procedures off the coast of Puerto Rico.
USN photo # DN-SC-92-04595 by PHC Reinhard, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Woodrow Wilson93k A photographer's mate/diver aims his video camera at a hatch in the forward hull of the submerged nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) while waiting for a Navy sea-air-land (SEAL) team member to emerge.
USN photo # DN-SC-92-04605 by PHC Reinhard, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Woodrow Wilson185k A photographer's mate/diver films the maneuvers as members of a Navy Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) team swims along a line rigged to the hull of the submerged nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), during lock-out procedures off the coast of Puerto Rico.
USN photo # DN-ST-92-06161 by PHC Reinhard, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Woodrow Wilson152kThe decommissioned nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine ex- Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), is towed through Admiralty Inlet by Salvor (ARS-52) enroute to Bremerton, Washington, on 7 October 1994, and her fate in the U.S. Navy's Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. Salvor's towing hawser can be seen fairlead by the starboard stern roller, the port Norman pin can be seen at right, and the aft towing bow can be seen in the foreground. Point Wilson, near Port Townsend, Washington is just visible in the distance.

Photo courtesy Pamcwillvia Robert Hurst.
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 9 May 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 25 May 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.
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 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


Back To The Main Photo IndexBack To the Submarine Index

Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster

This page is created by Joe Radigan and maintained by Michael Mohl
1996 - 2014, NavSource History All rights reserved.