USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656), 1966-1993



USS George Washington Carver, a Benjamin Franklin class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine, was built at Newport News, Virginia. Commissioned in June 1966, she commenced strategic deterrence patrols soon thereafter with the Polaris missile. In 1972-74, she was refitted with the larger Poseidon missile. Operating out of Holy Loch, Scotland, George Washington Carver carried out a total of 73 patrols in the Atlantic area up to mid-1991, when she was transferred to the Pacific for final operations. In October 1992, she began inactivation preparations and was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in March 1993.

USS George Washington Carver was named in honor of the African-American scientist George Washington Carver (1864-1943).

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USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)


Underway at sea, circa June 1966

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USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)


In the Atlantic Ocean, 13 July 196.

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USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)


Launching, at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, on 14 August 1965.

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USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)


Is christened by Marian Anderson, at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, on 14 August 1965.

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USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)


Ship's insignia, adopted in 1966 when she was first commissioned.

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