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USS Lafayette (SSBN-616)

Ballistic Missile Submarine

The USS Lafayette was named after American Revolutionary War supporter and French war hero Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 8/17/2017
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Year: 1963
Ships-in-Class: 9
Named Ships: 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)
Complement: 143
Length: 425 ft (129.54 m)
Width: 33 ft (10.06 m)
Height: 31.5 ft (9.60 m)
Displacement (Surface): 7,370 tons
Displacement (Submerged): 8,380 tons
Propulsion: 1 x S5W nuclear reactor; 2 x General Electric geared turbines delivering 15,000 shaft horsepower to 1 x screw.
Speed (Surface): 20 kts (23 mph)
Speed (Submerged): 25 kts (29 mph)
Range: Essentially Unlimited
Operators: United States


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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