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Daniel Boone (SSBN-629)
Keel Laying - Launching


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Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 6 February 1962, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 22 June 1963; Commissioned, USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), 23 April 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 18 February 1994; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 4 November 1994 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) received the following awards and citations during her career: Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (from 12/64 through 02/68) Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (from 01/91 through 12/92) Navy "E" Ribbon (SubRon 16 Battle E Award winner, 1992) National Defense Service Medal (two awards for 1964-1974, 1990-1994).


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 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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Daniel Boone92kPortrait of Daniel Boone. Not sure if it hung in the wardroom or on the mess decks.U.S. Navy Photo # 63088 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone122kKeel laying ceremony for the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 5 February 1962. The speaker is RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN, shipyard commander and Capt. Buckingham (Chaplain) seen standing and has given the invocation.
USN photo # NY9 53843-2-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone135k The Shipyard Commander, RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN is about to autherticate the keel of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 5 February 1962. Honorary keel-layers look on. They are from left to right: Mr. Tony Smaker, Quarterman Machinist; Mr. Bernard A. Burke, Industrial Relations Officer; Mrs. Theresa Borgwardt, Supply Department (At the time on the keel laying she had 47 1/2 years of federal service.); Mr. Joseph H. Honodel, Master Woodworker, President of the Master Mechanics & Foreman's Association; and RADM Honsinger.
USN Photo # NY9 53844-2-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone116kThe official Keel Laying party is at attention while the National Anthem is played at the start of the keel laying ceremonies at Mare Island on 6 February 1962 as (SSBN-629). From left to right are: RADM L. V/ Honsinger, Mrs. Theresa Borgwardt, Mr. Joseph H. Hondel, Mr. Tony Smaker and Mr. Bernard A. Burke. U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Andrew Jackson226kBow view of the Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) just prior to its launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 15 September 1962. The bow of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) is visible to the right.
US Navy photo # NY9-56201-9-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone189kThe "Champagne Walk" is led by Mrs. James H. Wakelin, sponsor, and RADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander, for the launching of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1963.
USN photo # MSA 59598-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone369kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) is being prepared for launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1963. Note: Kamehameha (SSBN-642) is under construction on the ways to the left.
USN photo # MSA 59595-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone186kColor version of the above photo, or within moments of it bring shot. Bow view of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on the building ways just prior to her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. Note: Kamehameha (SSBN-642) is under construction on the ways to the left. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone169kStern view of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) on the building ways just prior to her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone116k Mrs. James H. Wakelin is about to christen the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1962. RADM Edward J. Fahy (Shipyard Commander) stands ready to left to assist the ship's sponsor and Capt. P. F. Straub (Production Officer) is behind the sponsor. U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone174kRADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander, assists Mrs. James H. Wakelin, sponsor, in christening the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. California champagne was used for the christening. Daniel Boone was the 503rd ship, the 9th nuclear powered submarine and the 4th Fleet Ballistic Submarine built at the shipyard.
USN photo # MSA 59604-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone359k Mrs. James H. Wakelin, sponsor, christens the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 June 1963.USN photo # MSA 59889-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone2.50k Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) going down the ways at Mare Island on 22 June 1963.USN photo # 59604-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 05/01/12.
Daniel Boone358kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) is half way down the building ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1963.
USN photo # MSA 59605-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone377kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) is at the end of the building ways during its launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1963.
USN photo # MSA 59607-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone125kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) in middle of the Mare Island channel after her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963. U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone196k Navy tugs wait to take Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) under tow after her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963.
USN photo # MSA 59893-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone95kBroadside view of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) in mid channel after her launching at Mare Island on 22 June 1963 on her way to dry dock. U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone130kThe Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) enters dry dock #3 at Mare Island after her launching on 22 June 1963 to drop her launching cradle. U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone172kDaniel Boone (SSBN-629) enters dry dock number 3 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard after her launching on 22 June 1963 to drop the launching cradle.
USN photo # MSA 59612-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone187k Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Ship's Sponsor, and Mrs. Dexter K. Strong, Matron of Honor, for the launching of Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) are shown at the reception after the launching, 22 Jun 1963.
USN photo # MSA 59616-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone174kThe Honorable James H. Wakelin, AstSecNav, speaker; Mrs. James H. Wakelin, Sponsor; and RADM Edward J. Fahy, Shipyard Commander are pictured at the reception after the launching of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at Mare Island on 22 Jun 1963.
USN photo # MSA 59617-6-63, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Daniel Boone89kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the launching of the Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 22 June 1963.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) Web Site
FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines


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