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Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635)


Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 3 December 1962, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 20 December 1963; Commissioned, USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635), 2 December 1964; Decommissioned, 31 July 1989 and retained as a Moored Training Ship; Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1989; Awaiting disposal through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program 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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Sam Rayburn24kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the keel laying of the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635), 3 December 1962, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
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.
Photo added 04/17/12.
Poker82kUncle Sam wants you: Invitation for the commissioning of the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) on 2 December 1964.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 04/17/12.
Sam Rayburn92k The officers & crew of the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) salute the national ensign as she starts making her way down the launching ramp 20 December 1963, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of pelicanharborsubvets.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Sam Rayburn94kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the launching of the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635), 20 December 1963, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sam Rayburn323kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) during her trials on 12 November 1964.USN photo # NPC KN-12851, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sam Rayburn124kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) makes her way off the Atlantic coast, probably during her Alpha sea trials. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Sam Rayburn75k Commissioning Invitation for the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) on 2 December 1964. Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Sam Rayburn2.58kFourteen page PDF Commissioning pamphlet for the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
PDF added 04/17/12.
Sam Rayburn103kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) prepares to moor alongside a submarine tender at Holy Loch, Scotland.
USN photo from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar, submitted by Robert Hurst.
Sam Rayburn108kAdmiral Carlisle Albert Herman Trost graduated first in his U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1953 and was commissioned as an Ensign. He volunteered and was accepted to begin submarine training in 1954 and once again graduated first in his class from Submarine School in New London, CT. During his more than thirty-seven years of commissioned service, Admiral Trost served at sea in destroyers and diesel-powered and nuclear submarines, including tours as executive officer of two nuclear-powered submarines and as commanding officer of a Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) July 1968 to September 1969. Photo # DN-SC-86-01979 courtesy of Department of Defense Imagery submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Sam Rayburn73kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) with Polaris missle tubes open for inspection, July 1969.Courtesy of Nova/PBS.
Sam Rayburn161kSee Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) circle at sea in 1970. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sam Rayburn666kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) at sea April 1970. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sam Rayburn553kSome T.L.C. from a tug as the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) comes home.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sam Rayburn300kNo one following!USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sam Rayburn66kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) with her eight starboard Polaris missle tubes open with the usual request for the Army-Navy football game where Army gets nuked.USN photo.
Sam Rayburn834kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missle submarine Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) being dismantled prior to decommissioning, circa 31 July 1989.
Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-86-00575, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Sam Rayburn67kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) as a towed trainer.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sam Rayburn28kThe Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) at NPTU Goosecreek, South Carolina.
She is there with the Daniel Webster (SSBN-626) and they are moored for training in the Cooper River; the Sam Rayburn is up river, with the Webster down river and behind.
Photo courtesy of Lew Kennedy / James K. Polk Veteran's Association.
Sam Rayburn & Daniel Webster21kThe Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) at NPTU Goosecreek, South Carolina, December 2005.
She is there with the Daniel Webster (SSBN-626) and they are moored for training in the Cooper River; the Sam Rayburn is up river, with the Webster down river and behind.
Photo courtesy of Lew Kennedy / James K. Polk Veteran's Association.
Sam Rayburn930kSam Rayburn (SSBN-635) gets a loving tug from the Christoper B. Turecavo on 16 September 2010 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Zane Johnston from flickr.com via Steven Gower.

View the Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635)
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
Welcome Aboard the USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN 635)
SSBN 635 Sam Rayburn
FAS - SSBN-616 Lafayette Class FBM Submarines


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