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Von Steuben (SSBN 632)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 4 September 1962, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 18 October 1963; Commissioned, USS Von Steuben (SSBN 632), 30 September 1964; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1994; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 1 November 2001 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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Von Steuben 73kBaron Frederick Wilhelm von Steuben. Copy of painting by Ralph Earl. (George Washington Bicentennial Commission).
NARA FILE #: 148-GW-76A. USN photo # HD-SN-99-01718, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
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.
Von Steuben 413k Mrs. Fred Korth does the honors on Von Steuben (SSBN-632).Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Von Steuben 380k Von Steuben (SSBN-632) crew salutes the national ensign as she heads (or tails) towards the sea.UPI Telephoto courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Von Steuben 102kCommemorative post card marking the launching of the Von Steuben (SSBN-632), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 18 October 1963.Photo courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Von Steuben 431kCommissioning ceremonies aboard the Von Steuben (SSBN-632) on 30 September 1964.USN photo courtesy # NPC 1106831 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Von Steuben 267kVon Steuben (SSBN-632), taken September 1964, on her shakedown cruise off the Virginia coast.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # USN 1106820, courtesy of David Buell.
Von Steuben 125kThe Von Steuben (SSBN-632) on her shakedown cruise off the Virginia coast, 1964.Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Von Steuben 303kCommissioning ceremony for Von Steuben (SSBN-632) at Newport News Shipbuilding on a rainy day on September 1964.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Von Steuben 17kCommemorative post card marking the commissioning of the Von Steuben (SSBN-632), 30 September 1964.Photo courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Von Steuben 97kCommemorative post card marking the commissioning of the Von Steuben (SSBN-632), 30 September 1964.Photo courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Von Steuben841kTen page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Von Steuben (SSBN-632).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Von Steuben335kThe Von Steuben (SSBN-632) makes way in June, 1965.USN photo courtesy # NPC 1111256 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Von Steuben33kCommemorative post card marking the firing of a Poseidon missle by the Von Steuben (SSBN-632), on 16 March 1970.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Von Steuben 112kVon Steuben (SSBN-632), as "JAWS" in dry dock during the first non-CONUS, non-refueling, overhaul in Holy Loch Scotland, circa 1970's.Photo courtesy of Walt Specht / USS Von Steuben SSBN-632 web page.
Von Steuben 341kAn aerial starboard quarter view of the Lafayette class nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Von Steuben (SSBN-632), underway, 6 July 1976. USN photo # DN-SN-85-04125, by Kenneth Litwiller, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Von Steuben 227kAerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Von Steuben (SSBN-632) at sea on 6 July 1976.USN photo # DN-SN-85-04126 by Kenneth Litwiller, courtesy of John Hummel, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Von Steuben 928kThe Von Steuben (SSBN-632) in 1984. Newport News Shipbuilding photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 06/20/13.
Von Steuben 304kA starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Von Steuben (SSBN-632) moored near the Soviet transport ship Maxim Gorky, 6 February 1984. USN photo # DN-SC-85-06282, by Carlos C. Campbell, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Von Steuben 599kAn aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-propelled strategic missile submarine Von Steuben (SSBN-632) underway, 15 May 1985. USN photo # DN-SC-86-00447, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

View the Von Steuben (SSBN 632)
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 Von Steuben SSBN-632
FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines


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