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Contributed by Steve Rakers.

Richard B. Russell (SSN-687)

Radio Call Sign: November - Golf - Echo - Mike

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 19 October 1971, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 12 January 1974; Commissioned, USS Richard B.Russell (SSN-687), 16 August 1975; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 24 June 1994; Final Disposition, disposed of through the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. 31 October 2002.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,640 t., Submerged: 4,640 t.; Length 292' 3"; Beam 31' 8"; Draft 28' 8"; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 25 kts; Depth limit 1,300'; Complement 108; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes amidships aft of bow, MK 48 Torpedoes, UUM-44A SUBROC, UGM-84A/C Harpoon, MK 57 deep water mines, MK 60 CAPTOR mines; Combat Sensors, Radar, BPS-14/15 surface search, Sonars, BQQ-5 multi-function bow mounted, BQR-7 passive in submarines with BQQ-2, BQS-12 active 7, TB-16 or TB-23 towed array, EW Systems, WLQ-4(V), WLR-4(V), WLR-9 ; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one propeller, 15,000 shp.
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Richard B. Russell14kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the keel laying of the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), 19 October 1971, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Richard B. Russell32kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the launching of the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), 12 January 1974.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Richard B. Russell71k Bow view of the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), probably during her shakedown trials off the Virginia coast, circa 1974.
Courtesy of USNI.
Sturgeon Class43k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Jim Christley entitled "Trailing".
During the Cold War the US Naval Submarine Force was tasked with keeping tabs on Soviet Naval movements in particular, the Soviet Submarine Force. Submarines of the Sturgeon Class were well suited to this task and often trailed Soviet submarines for days reporting on their movements and recording noise signatures. In this image, such a trailing has turned into a close aboard encounter as a Soviet Viktor III Class has turned to port to check his baffles (to listen to see if anyone is immediately astern). A trailing Sturgeon has stopped his screw and gone quiet. Extending far behind the US submarine is its towed array sonar which assists in giving a clear picture of the ocean’s acoustics
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Richard B. Russell20kRear Admiral Arlington “Arlie” Campbell became the second Commanding Officer of the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) in April 1977. After two and one-half years in command, he attended several TRIDENT Class submarine design courses and reported in January 1980 to the Pre-commissioning Unit of the first TRIDENT submarine, Ohio (SSGN-726). At commissioning on 11 November 1981, he became the first Commanding Officer of the GOLD crew. On board Ohio, he completed shakedown operations, post shakedown availability, the transit to the Pacific Ocean, initial strategic missile load out and the first GOLD crew TRIDENT deterrent patrol. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command via Bill Gonyo.
Richard B. Russell85kOriginally from Doylestown, Ohio, Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. After nuclear power and submarine training, he served his junior officer tour aboard Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619G), his department head tour in Submarine NR-1 as engineer officer, and his executive officer tour aboard William H. Bates (SSN 680). Command assignments include Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) and Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5. Following selection to flag rank, he has twice been assigned as commander, Submarine Group 8; commander, Submarine Force 6th Fleet (CTF 69); commander, Submarines Allied Naval Forces South; and commander, Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine Force (CTF 164).U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 04/29/11.
Richard B. Russell68kAdmiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr commanded the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), where the crew was awarded three consecutive Battle Efficiency “E”s, three Navy Unit Commendations, and two Fleet Commander Silver Anchors for excellence in enlisted retention in the late 1970’s.Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Richard B. Russell151kCDR. Walter Henry Peterson was the commanding officer of the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) from 22 November 1983 to 15 July 1987.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Richard B. Russell461kA port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), underway. Note the "bustle" behind the sail, January 1984.
USN photo # DN-SC-88-09124, by PH1 Wiggins, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Richard B. Russell231k The Los Angeles Class nuclear-powered attack submarines Cincinnati (SSN-693) and Memphis (SSN-691) display ensigns and union jacks during the commissioning ceremony for their sister ship, the Salt Lake City (SSN-716). Moored alongside the submarine tender L.Y. Spear (AS-36) is the nuclear-powered attacks submarine Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) on 12 May 1984.
USN photo # DN-ST-84-09330, by PH1 Wujcik, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Richard B. Russell340kAerial view of Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) berth at pier 21 North Mare Island in October 1985.
The break in the seawall to the right is the former site of the shipyard's south ways. Wahoo (SS-238) was launched from those ways.
US Navy photo # 211100, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Richard B. Russell64kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), receiving the "skunk and hammer" while preparing for DSRV operations out of Mare Island Shipyard (CA), circa 1985.
Courtesy of Steve Rakers.
Richard B. Russell100kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), underway, circa 1974-86, location unknown.
Courtesy of Chris Calnan, USS Richard B. Russell, 1986-1989.
Richard B. Russell101kA starboard view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), and the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake (ASR-13), tied up at a pier at NAS Norfolk, VA. on 1 Dec 1986.
USN photo # DN-ST-87-06725, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Richard B. Russell109kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), anchored off Maui in 1987.
Courtesy of Chris Calnan, USS Richard B. Russell, 1986-1989.
Richard B. Russell70kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), underway in 1989 pulling out of Mare Island Straits.
Courtesy of Chris Calnan, USS Richard B. Russell, 1986-1989.
Richard B. Russell73kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), underway in 1989 pulling out of Mare Island Straits.
Courtesy of Chris Calnan,USS Richard B. Russell, 1986-1989.
Richard B. Russell127kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), underway, starboard view, date and location unknown.
Courtesy of John Hummel.
Richard B. Russell85kRichard B. Russell (SSN-687), cutting a wide swath through the ocean, date and place unknown.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Richard B. Russell192kVice Admiral Charles L. Munns first command assignment was as Commanding Officer of Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) from April 1990 to October 1992. During his command, the ship was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, two Navy Unit Commendations and three consecutive Battle "E" Awards.
USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Drum27k From left to right, Drum (SSN-677), Bluefish (SSN-675), Ray (SSN-653), Lapon (SSN-661) and Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) await scrapping at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 8 October 2001.
Courtesy of Don Sheldon.
Richard B. Russell & Boston70kCommemorative post mark issued on the occasion of Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) & Boston (SSN-703) after finishing the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program), September 2002.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

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