The USS Lafayette was named after American Revolutionary War supporter and French war hero Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette.
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Ship Class [ Lafayette-class ] Ships-in-Class [ 9 ] : USS Lafayette (SSBN-616); USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617); USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619); USS John Adams (SSBN-620); USS James Monroe (SSBN-622); USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623); USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624); USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625); USS Daniel Webster (SSBN-626)
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
425 ft (129.54 m)
Width / Beam:
33 ft (10.06 m)
Height / Draught:
31.5 ft (9.60 m)
1 x S5W nuclear reactor; 2 x General Electric geared turbines delivering 15,000 shaft horsepower to 1 x screw.
20 kts (23 mph)
25 kts (28.77 miles)
4 x 21-inch (530mm) Mark 65 torpedo tubes supporting Mark 48 series torpedoes.
16 x Polaris / Poseidon nuclear ballistic missiles in vertical launch tubes.
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