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USS Lafayette (SSBN-616)


Ballistic Missile Submarine


United States | 1963



"The USS Lafayette was named after American Revolutionary War supporter and French war hero Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/17/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for USS Lafayette (SSBN-616).
1 x S5W nuclear reactor; 2 x General Electric geared turbines delivering 15,000 shaft horsepower to 1 x screw.
Propulsion
20.0 kts
23.0 mph
Surface Speed
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Submerged Speed
Essentially Unlimited
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of USS Lafayette (SSBN-616).
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Personnel
Complement
425.0 ft
129.54 meters
O/A Length
33.0 ft
10.06 meters
Beam
31.5 ft
9.60 meters
Draught
7,370
tons
Displacement
8,380
tons
Displacement (Submerged)
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of USS Lafayette (SSBN-616).
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.
Ships-in-Class (9)
Notable series variants as part of the USS Lafayette (SSBN-616) family line as relating to the Lafayette-class group.
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)
Operators
Global operator(s) of the USS Lafayette (SSBN-616). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of the United States

[ United States ]
Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
SUBMERGED ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
FLEET SUPPORT
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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