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Tecumseh (SSBN-628)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 1 June 1962, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 22 June 1963; Commissioned, USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628), 29 May 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 23 July 1993; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 1 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 (converted to Poseidon's 9 May 1970), four 21" torpedo tubes; Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, two geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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Tecumseh82kWhile still a youth, Tecumseh—a Shawnee Indian chief born near the present site of Springfield, Ohio, sometime in or around 1768—won renown as a brave and skillful warrior. He devoted his life to opposing the advance of white settlers. Reasoning that land in North America—especially in the Ohio valley—belonged to all of the tribes in common, Tecumseh maintained that sales of territory by any single tribe to the United States were null and void. After the Federal Government refused to recognize this principle, Tecumseh attempted to organize a great Indian Confederacy to stem the white tide. However, while he was in the South working to unite the tribes, Federal troops under Governor William Henry Harrison defeated and scattered Indian forces on 7 November 1811 in the battle of Tippecanoe. This defeat doomed the Indian Confederacy.
After Congress declared war on Great Britain the following year, Tecumseh accepted a commission as a brigadier general in the British army. He cooperated with British troops to win a number of victories in the Great Lakes region, including the capture of Detroit. However, Comdr. Oliver Hazard Perry's victory on Lake Erie, late in the summer of 1813, cut British supply lines and prompted them to withdraw along the Thames Valley. Tecumseh and his braves covered the British retirement until American troops led by Harrison—now a major general—caught up with them at Moravian-town. Tecumseh was killed in the ensuing Battle of the Thames on 5 October 1813. In June 1930, a bronze replica of the figurehead of ship-of-the-line Delaware was presented by the Class of 1891 to the United States Naval Academy.
This bust, perhaps the most famous relic on the campus, has been widely identified as Tecumseh. However, when it adorned the American man-of-war, it commemorated not Tecumseh but Tamanend, the revered Delaware chief who welcomed William Penn to America when he arrived in Delaware country on 2 October 1682.
This 1848 drawing of Tecumseh was based on a sketch done from life in 1808. Benson Lossing altered the original by putting Tecumseh in a British uniform, under the mistaken (but widespread) belief that Tecumseh had been a British general. This depiction is unusual in that it includes a nose ring, popular among the Shawnee at the time, but typically omitted in idealized depictions.
Oil painting by Benson John Lossing (1813-1891) & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Poker585kTHREE OF A KIND-And an ace hidden in the hole. A trio of Polaris submarines poke their noses over the edge of their building ways while another while another lies hidden at extreme right. Photo was made just before James Madison (SSBN-627) (center) was launched yesterday, 15 March 1963. At left is the Von Steuben (SSBN-632) and at right is the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630). At far right and not sporting a nose as yet is the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635). The four-in-a-row Polaris lineup can be duplicated in only one other yard-Electric Boat-where the Daniel Webster (SSBN-626),Tecumseh (SSBN-628),Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) & Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633) have been laid down. The building slot vacated yesterday in Newport News by the James Madison soon will hold (SSNB-641), as yet unnamed. Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Flasher 567k EB photo of Flasher (SSN-613) (left) and Tecumseh (SSBN-628) are seen on the building ways at General Dynamics Electric Boat on 21 June 1963. They would be launched simultaneously on the following day. Photo courtesy of Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 10/04/12.
Tecumseh222kCover of the dual launching program for the Tecumseh (SSBN-628) (top) and Flasher (SSN-613) at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Tecumseh25kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the Tecumseh's (SSBN-628) launching at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tecumseh254kTecumseh (SSBN-628) slides down the launching ways at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Flasher117kTecumseh (SSBN-628) (top) and Flasher (SSN-613) (bottom) going down the ways together, 22 June 1963 at Electric Boat in Groton CT. This is the only twin launching of Nuclear Powered submarines from the same yard. Also on the same day Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) was launched from Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) was launched from Newport News, VA. shipyard.Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS),USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Tecumseh96kTecumseh (SSBN-628) underway, port side, probably during her shakedown period. Her hull number will be painted out before she goes to her first deterrent patrol. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Tecumseh224kPort bow view of the Tecumseh (SSBN-628) on 3 May 1964.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tecumseh102kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the Tecumseh's (SSBN-628) commissioning, 29 May 1964. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tecumseh2.64kTwenty eight page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Tecumseh (SSBN-628).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Tecumseh994kTecumseh (SSBN-628) has some tugging help as she looks to find a way in to AFDM-8 on 11 March 1965.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tecumseh281kTecumseh (SSBN-628) and AFDM-8 start to meet on 11 March 1965.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tecumseh439kTecumseh (SSBN-628) and AFDM-8 face to face on 11 March 1965.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tecumseh123kTecumseh (SSBN-628) Five-Year Birthday Cake, August or September, 1969.Photo from the Keith Phillipy Collection courtesy of Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008) & The Belly Gunner (Twenty-First Century Books / Millbrook Press, 2001).
Tecumseh155kTecumseh (SSBN-628) leaving Guam for Patrol #21, August 1969.Photo from the Keith Phillipy Collection courtesy of Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008) & The Belly Gunner (Twenty-First Century Books / Millbrook Press, 2001).
Tecumseh164kTecumseh (SSBN-628) enters Pearl Harbor, 7 October 1969, greeted by the spray of firehouses returning from Patrol #21. Photo from the Keith Phillipy Collection courtesy of Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008) & The Belly Gunner (Twenty-First Century Books / Millbrook Press, 2001).
Tecumseh198kTecumseh (SSBN-628) alongside sub tender Proteus (AS-19) (maybe) Guam, 1969. Note the 3 missile hatches open.Photo from the Keith Phillipy Collection courtesy of Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008) & The Belly Gunner (Twenty-First Century Books / Millbrook Press, 2001).
Tecumseh157kWhat cooks aboard the Tecumseh (SSBN-628)?Photo from the Keith Phillipy Collection courtesy of Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press, 2008) & The Belly Gunner (Twenty-First Century Books / Millbrook Press, 2001).
Lafayette-class300kThe Tecumseh (SSBN-628) was originally assigned with the Pacific Fleet for her first 5 years. She was then transferred to the Atlantic Fleet where she proceeded via Pearl Harbor and the Panama Canal to the east coast and arrived at Newport News, Va., on 8 November 1969.
Crewmen stand on the deck of a U.S. Navy Lafayette-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (Not necessarily the Tecumseh) as it passes through the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Following behind the submarine are two U.S. Navy PBR Mark 2 river patrol boats, September 1989.
USN photo # DA-ST-90-07099, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Partial text courtesy of DANFS & dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tecumseh171kA Poseidon C-3 missile is launched from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Tecumseh (SSBN-628), not visible, 23 October 1979. USN photo # DF-SC-83-01826 by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tecumseh59kThe Tecumseh (SSBN-628) at Charleston, S.C. in August 1980.USN photo.
Tecumseh234kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Tecumseh (SSBN-628) underway east of Charleston, S.C., 1 January 1986. USN photo # DN-SC-86-04638 by HM2 Robert E. Wilson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tecumseh729kA port bow view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Tecumseh (SSBN-628) underway east of Charleston, S.C., 1 January 1986. USN photo # DN-SC-86-04639 by HM2 Robert E. Wilson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Lafayette class1.1mb An aerial view of four Lafayette class (SSBN-616) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in the early stages of being scrapped out in a graving dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington, 17 May 1993.
The Lafayette (SSBN-616) & Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) are most likely the two on the port side. They were the first two boats of this class to be decommissioned. The next two boats to be decommissioned were the John Adams (SSBN-620) & Tecumseh (SSBN-628), and they might be the two on the starboard side.
USN photo # DN-ST-95-01860 by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Tecumseh90kTecumseh's (SSBN-628) Reactor Room goes to Hanford.Photo from websitesbycook.com.
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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