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John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630)


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Navy Meritorious Unit Citation (2) - National Defense Service Medal

Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 4 June 1962, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 22 June 1963; Commissioned, USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), 15 September 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1994; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 18 November 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 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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John C. Calhoun57kJohn C. Calhoun (1782-1850), of South Carolina, was a leading proponent of States' rights. He served his State and country with distinction in the House of Representatives 1811-17, and as Secretary of War 1817-25, Vice President 1825-32, Senator 1832-44 and 1845-50, and Secretary of State 1844-45.Portrait from Gibbes Museum of Art courtesy of 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.
John C. Calhoun321kMiss Rosalie J. Calhoun, great great granddaughter of John C. Calhoun, launches his namesake, the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 22 June 1963.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
John C. Calhoun112kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the John C. Calhoun's (SSBN-630) launching at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
John C. Calhoun117kThe nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) underway, possibly during her seatrials off the Virginia coast circa June 1963 - September 1964. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
John C. Calhoun104kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the commissioning of the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), 15 September 1964. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
John C. Calhoun2.44kTwenty three page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), 28 March 1994.U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
John C. Calhoun782kJohn C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), in the Atlantic prior to her arrival at Cape Caneveral for a practice launch of a Polaris A-3 missle on 24 September 1964. Her hull number will be painted out before she goes to her first deterrent patrol.US Navy Photo # 1105437, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
John C. Calhoun616kForward port quarter photo of the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), circa 1964.USN photo # 93425, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
John C. Calhoun165kEmergency blow test aboard the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John C. Calhoun112kCommemorative post mark issued on the occasion of the initial submerged firing of a Polaris missle aboard the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) by the Blue crew, 15 February 1965.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
John C. Calhoun410kThe John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) as she arrives at Mare Island to start her C-3 Poseidon conversion at the yard on 2 August 1969. Tug at the bow is DeKaury (YTM-178). The stern of YTL-435 is just visible forward of the sail and the mast of Santana (YTB-270) is visible aft of the sail. YD-172 is alongside of the Sperry (AS-12) to the left.USN photo # 93424, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
John C. Calhoun348kThe John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) as she arrives at Mare Island to start her C-3 Poseidon conversion at the yard on 2 August 1969. Tug at the bow is DeKaury (YTM-178) The bow of YTL-435 is visible forward of the sail and the mast of Santana (YTB-270) is visible aft of the sail.USN photo # 93420, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
John C. Calhoun297kThe John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) is moored at Mare Island on 2 August 1969 ready to start her C-3 Poseidon conversion at the yard. Tug Santana (YTB-270) is at the stern and the mast of YTL-435 is visible aft of the sail. USN photo # 93425, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill663kBow view of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) during her commissioning at Mare Island on 4 February 1971. YR-78 is aft of Hawkbill.
The John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) is aft of YR-78. John C. Calhoun entered MINSY in August, 1969 for a refueling overhaul and conversion from Polaris A-3 to Poseidon C-3 missile systems. Her overhaul was nearly complete at the time the photo was made, and she departed from the yard two weeks later enroute to the Atlantic for missile testing and deployment.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Vanderveen, SSBN-634 and SSBN 630.
USN photo # 102436-2-71 TH 01, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
John C. Calhoun496k Commanding Officer's of the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) at a farewell luncheon on 18 February 1971 in Vallejo at the completion of the submarine's overhaul at Mare Island. Left to right CDR Thomas Jewell (Blue Crew) and CDR John Apple (Gold Crew).Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 03/23/14.
John C. Calhoun406kJohn C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) on 18 May 1972.USN photo NPC K-93965, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John C. Calhoun436kThe nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) enters port, accompanied by the large harbor tug Saugus (VTB-780) on 1 February 1991.Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-91-05226, by PH3 A.H. Jones, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
John C. Calhoun27k John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) transiting the Panama Canal during the summer of 1993.USN photo courtesy of Dave Langley.
John C. Calhoun46kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of deactivation of the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 3 July 1993.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
John C. Calhoun727kA starboard bow view of the nucelar-powered strategic missile submarines Nebraska (SSBN-739), left, and John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) in Port Canaveral, Florida, 22 August 1993. USN photo # DN-SC-93-06094, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
John C. Calhoun778kA port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) in port. Moored behind the John C. Calhoun is the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Nebraska (SSBN-739), in Port Canaveral, Florida, 22 August 1993. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SC-93-06087, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Nebraska242k A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Nebraska (SSBN-739) in port. Moored in front of the Nebraska is the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630). USN photo # DN-SC-93-06086, by OS2 John Bouvia, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
John C. Calhoun1.10kSeven page PDF Deactivation pamphlet for the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), 3 July 1993.U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
John C. Calhoun180kDecom Plan of Day for the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) on 28 March, 1994.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
John C. Calhoun3.30kEleven page PDF Decommissioning pamphlet for the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), 28 March 1994.U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
John C. Calhoun293kDecommissioning article on the John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) from the 7 April 1994 edition of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard newspaper "Signal".USN photo # 93425, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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.

View the John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630)
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
USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) Veterans Association
FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines


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