USS Henry L Stimson

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Henry L. Stimson SSB(N)-655

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Henry L. Stimson

( SSB (N)-655: dp. 7250; 1. 425'; b. 33'; dr. 32'; s. over 20 k.; cpl. 122: a. lfi A 3 Polaris missiles, 4 21" tt.; cl.Lafayette )

Henry L. Stimson (SSB(N)-655) was laid down 4 April 1964 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Conn., launched 13 November 1965, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas J. Dodd, wife of Senator Dodd of Conn.; and commissioned 20 August 1966, Captain Richard E. Jortberg (blue crew) and Comdr. Robert H. Weeks ( gold crew ) in command.

Following shakedown, Henry L. Stimson prepared for her role as one of the Navy's nuclear-powered submarines silently and invisibly roving the seas as a mighty deterrent against aggression, preserving peace and protecting freedom.

Assigned to Submarine Squadron 16, Henry L. Stimson departed Charleston, S.C., 23 February 1967 on her first deterrent patrol. After successfully completing patrols in her assigned areas with each of her two crews, she continues in mid-1967 to serve the Nation as part of the first line of defense against any hostile power.