USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630)
USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) on 1 February 1991
|Career (United States of America)|
|Namesake:||John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), American legislator and Statesman|
|Ordered:||20 July 1961|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia|
|Laid down:||4 June 1962|
|Launched:||22 June 1963|
|Sponsored by:||Miss Rosalie J. Calhoun|
|Commissioned:||15 September 1964|
|Decommissioned:||28 March 1994|
|Struck:||28 March 1994|
|Motto:||For Peace, Ready|
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 18 November 1994|
|Class & type:||James Madison-class submarine|
|Displacement:||7,300 long tons (7,417 t) surfaced
8,250 long tons (8,382 t) submerged
|Length:||425 ft (130 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draft:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Installed power:||S5W reactor|
|Propulsion:||2 × geared steam turbines 15,000 shp (11,185 kW), one shaft|
|Speed:||Over 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Test depth:||1,300 feet (400 m)|
|Complement:||Two crews (Blue and Gold) of 13 officers and 130 enlisted men each|
|Armament:||16 × ballistic missile tubes (originally for Polaris missiles, later for Trident C-4 missiles)
4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes (all forward) with Mark 48 torpedoes
USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630), a James Madison-class fleet ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), the distinguished legislator and statesman.
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build John C. Calhoun was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 20 July 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 4 June 1962. She was launched on 22 June 1963 sponsored by Miss Rosalie J. Calhoun, and commissioned on 15 September 1964, with Commander Deane L. Axene in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Frank A. Thurtell in command of the Gold Crew.
- History from 1965 to 1994 needed.
From 1979-1982, John C. Calhoun received upgrades necessary to enable her to carry the new Trident I ballistic missiles.
Pulled into Agadir, Morocco in 1984
Decommissioning and disposal
John C. Calhoun was decommissioned on 28 March 1994 at Bremerton, Washington, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 18 November 1994.
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- Photo gallery of USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) at NavSource Naval History
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