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Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 18 August 1962, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 2 November 1963; Commissioned, USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN 631), 17 July 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 12 June 1992; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 29 March 1993 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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Ulysses S. Grant149k Ulysses S. Grant, victorious commander of the Union Army during the Civil War, and 18th President of the United States, was born 1822 at Point Pleasant, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1843; served under Taylor and Scott in the Mexican War; resigned his commission 1854.
On the outbreak of Civil War he was commissioned Colonel of the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later Major General of Volunteers. His wise use of power afloat in combined operations, commencing with the occupation of Paducah, Ky., won impressive victories at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga. His determination to win prompted Lincoln to appoint him supreme commander of the Union forces. His relentless campaign against Richmond, in which he continued to take full advantage of the North's control of the sea, forced Lee to surrender at Appomattox.
In 1867 Grant received an interim appointment as Secretary of War. In 1868 he was elected to his first of two terms as President. He devoted his later years to the writing of his "memoirs," which were published in 1885, the year of his death.
Photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540, 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.
Ulysses S. Grant409k Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) on the ways at Electric Boat on 1 November 1963. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 11/06/13.
Ulysses S. Grant244kCover of the launching program of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) on 2 November 1963.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Ulysses S. Grant149kThe launching of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), 2 November 1963.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Ulysses S. Grant31kCommemorative post mark honoring the launching of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), 2 November 1963. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Ulysses S. Grant57kCommemorative post mark honoring the commissioning of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), 17 July 1964. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Ulysses S. Grant130kUlysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), during her shakedown cruise off the New England coast, August 1964. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Ulysses S. Grant117k Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) underway off the coast of Virginia, probably during her shakedown cruise circa August 1964.Photo by Lloyd Everton, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydocking Company, submitted by Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Ulysses S. Grant2.42kTwenty eight page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Ulysses S. Grant30kCommemorative post mark honoring the first launching of a Polaris missle of the Blue crew of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), 5 September 1964. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Ulysses S. Grant34kCommemorative post mark honoring the first launching of a Polaris missle of the Gold crew of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), 21 September 1964. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Lafayette-class283k Following shakedown, the fleet ballistic missile (FBM) submarine got underway from Groton in early December 1964, bound for the Pacific. Transiting the Panama Canal on New Year's Eve, Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) arrived at Pearl Harbor in January 1965.
An aerial view of the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. At center, a US Navy Lafayette-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, (Not necessarily the Ulysses S. Grant) waits in one lock while a container ship enters the other.
USN photo # DA-ST-90-07096, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Partial text courtesy of DANFS & dodmedia.osd.mil.
Ulysses S. Grant150kThe Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) probably off of Pearl Harbor on 16 January 1965.US Navy photo # NPC KN-11606, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Ulysses S. Grant612kApril 1965 finds the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) alongside her tender while assigned to Guam.US Navy photo # NPC 1113229, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Ulysses S. Grant123kA quick look a like of his namesake aboard the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) is betrayed by his real name on his uniform, 1 March 1969.US Navy photo # NPC K-6869, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Ulysses S. Grant186kThe Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) in one of the bodies of water that her first two initials dominates.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Ulysses S. Grant640kUlysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), most likely during a cruise by her Blue crew. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Ulysses S. Grant40kCommemorative post mark honoring the first patrol of the Gold crew of the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), 25 June 1965. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Ulysses S. Grant279kPoseidon Missle DASO launch from the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) off Cape Caneveral, Florida. US Navy photo courtesy of CDR M.J. Holden / cs.nps.navy.mil.
Ulysses S. Grant229k A Poseidon C-3 (UGM-73A) fleet ballistic missile lifts off after being launched from the submerged nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) on 26 May 1979. This is the 70th test launch of a Poseidon C-3. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DF-SC-84-05193 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Ulysses S. Grant417k A view of a mock-up of a Trident I C-4 missile, right, and its predecessor, the Poseidon C-3 missile, at Sunnyvale, CA. The Trident is used on the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine. In the foreground is a model of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) showing a simulated launching of a Poseidon missile on 2 October 1981. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-82-00006 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Captain Bruce L. Bullough92kCaptain Bruce L. Bullough commanded Jack (SSN-605) from November 1988 until Jack was decommissioned on 11 July 1990. Bruce assumed command of Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) (BLUE) in August 1990, completing two patrols in command. US Navy photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Ulysses S. Grant568kA port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) entering port at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1 February 1991.Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-91-05227 by PH2 Dextradeur, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Ulysses S. Grant77kUlysses S. Grant (SSBN-631), at Groton, 13 December 1991.Photo by Ken Hart.
Ulysses S. Grant630kSix page PDF Decommissioning pamphlet for the Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631) on 12 June 1992.U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Lafayette class611k 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.
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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