41 for Freedom Submarines
Model showing the interior of the first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine George Washington (SSBN-598).
From 1959 to 1967, the Navy commissioned 41 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), each capable of carrying 16 Polaris missiles. Known as the 41 for Freedom submarines, these vessels comprised five classes of submarines: the Washington-class, the Ethan Allen-class, the Lafayette-class, the James Madison-class, and the Benjamin Franklin-class.
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657)
Published: Thu Mar 04 17:38:58 EST 2021