Nathan Hale SSB(N)-623


Nathan Hale
(SSB(N)-623:dp. 7,250 (surf.), 8,250 (subm.),1.425';b.33',dr. 31'5"; s. 20+k.; cpl. 168; a. Polaris mist; cl. Lafayette)

Nathan Hale (SSB(N)-623) was laid down 2 October 1961 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamies Corp. Groton, Connectieut, launched 12 Jam~ary 1963, sponsored by Mrs. George W. Anderson, Jr.; and commissioned 23 November 1963, Comdr. Joseph W. Russel (Blue Crew) and Comdr. Samuel S. Ellis (Gold Crew) in command.

Following shakedown and demonstration-and-system operations, in the Atlantic Missile Range, Nathan Hale was assigned to SubRon 16 and homeported at Charleston, S.C., 21 May 1964. With two complete, equally trained crews, rotated at regular intervals to maximize patrol "on station" time, Nathan Hale has, since that time, conducted deterrent patrols as a unit of the Atlantio Fleet.