USS Daniel Webster (SSBN-626)
|Namesake:||Daniel Webster (1782-1852), an American statesman|
|Ordered:||3 February 1961|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut|
|Laid down:||28 December 1961|
|Launched:||27 April 1963|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. W. Osborn Goodrich, Jr.|
|Commissioned:||9 April 1964|
|Decommissioned:||30 August 1990|
|Motto:||Liberty and Union|
|Nickname(s):||"Old Funny Fins"|
|Fate:||Became moored training ship MTS-626|
|Class and type:||Lafayette-class submarine|
|Type:||Ballistic missile submarine (hull design SCB-216)|
|Length:||425 ft (130 m)|
|Beam:||33 ft (10 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)|
|Complement:||Two crews (Blue and Gold), 13 officers and 130 enlisted men each|
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Daniel Webster was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 3 February 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 28 December 1961. She was launched on 27 April 1963, sponsored by Mrs. W. Osborn Goodrich, Jr., and commissioned on 9 April 1964, with Commander Marvin S. Blair in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Lloyd S. Smith in command of the Gold Crew.
Webster was originally built with diving planes mounted on a "mini-sail" near the bow, leading to her nickname "Old Funny Fins". This configuration, unique to US submarines, was an attempt to reduce the effect of porpoising. While successful, the "mini-sail" required to contain the operating mechanism reduced hydrodynamic efficiency and lowered her overall speed. During a mid-1970s overhaul, these unusual planes were removed and standard fairwater planes were installed.
Patrol history includes: Patrol 50 (Gold Crew) July, 1982 from Holy Loch, port calls Groton, CT, and Kings Bay, GA; Patrol 52 Feb 1983 ERP Holy Loch; Patrol 56 March 1984 from Holy Loch, port call Naples, Italy; Patrol 60 April 1985 ERP Charleston; Patrol 66 (Gold Crew) December 1986 - March 1987; Patrol 68 June 1987 from Holy Loch, port call Lisbon, Portugal.
Decommissioning and Conversion
Daniel Webster was decommissioned on 30 August 1990 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. She was converted to a moored training ship (S5W Prototype facility) by the Charleston Naval Shipyard at Charleston, South Carolina. Upon completion and designated MTS-626, she was towed up-river to her permanent berth at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston.
- Adcock, Al. (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. p. 22.
- Adcock, Al. (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. pp. 22, (4 also credits mythical interwar Albacore and Trout classes, however).
- Adcock, Al. (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. pp. 29, (Adcock, p.28, contradicts himself, saying there was no benefit).
- Daniel Webster at NavSource.org
- Adcock, Al. (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. p. 29.
- Photo gallery of USS Daniel Webster at NavSource Naval History
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