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Andrew Jackson SSBN-619

Andrew Jackson


(SSBN-619: dp. 7,250 (surf.), 8,250 (subm.); 1. 425'; b. 33'; dr. 31'6"; s. 20 + k.; cpl. 145; a. 16 Polaris, 4 21" tt.; el. Lafayette)

Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) was laid down on 26 April 1961 at Vallejo, Calif., by the Mare Island Naval Shipyard; launched on 15 September 1962; sponsored by Mrs. Estes Kefauver, the wife of Senator Kefauver of Tennessee; and commissioned on 3 July 1963, Comdr. Alfred J. Whittle, Jr., (Blue crew) and Comdr. James B. Wilson (Gold crew) in command.

Following commissioning, the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarine sailed via the Panama Canal to the east coast. On 1 and 11 October, during shakedown training out of Cape Canaveral, Fla., she successfully launched A-2 Polaris missiles; and, on 26 October, she sent A-3X Polaris missiles into space in the first submerged launching of its type; and she repeated the feat on 11 November. Five days later and six days before his assassination, on 16 November 1963, President John F. Kennedy-embarked in Observation Island (EAG-154)-observed Andrew Jackson launch another A-2 polaris missile from a point off Cape Canaveral and congratulated Comdr. Wilson and his crew or "impressive teamwork." In late November, Andrew Jackson entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., for post-shakedown availability.

The yard work was completed on 4 April 1964, and Andrew Jackson was assigned to Submarine Squadron 16, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet. In May, she departed her home port, Charleston, for her first patrol and continued to conduct deterrent patrols from the advanced base at Rota, Spain, thr gh 1973. On 19 March of that year, the submarine arrived at he Electric Boat Division, General Dynan-des Corp., Groton, Conn., for a conversion to Poseidon.

This modernization and repair task was completed on 7 August 1975, and the ship sailed to Exuma Sound, Bahamas, for acoustic trials. Next she reported to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for Poseidon missile tests. In December Andrew Jackson returned to Groton, her new home port, for the Christmas holidays.

Post-shakedown operations continued in 1976. During Feb conducted nuclear weapons acceptance tests its at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, nd Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She sailed to Charles- entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard on 8 March for an availability period. Andrew Jackson was underway ' ain on 9 May and returned to New London, Conn., in June. The next four weeks were spent in midshipman training cruises in the New London operating area. In late July' she left New London for her first strategic deterrent patrol after her Poseidon conversion. When the patrol was completed, Andrew Jackson entered her advanced base at Holy Loch, Scotland. In 1977, patrols from Holy Loch were interspersed with port visits at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and New London. In September, a refit was conducted at Charleston, then the submarine returned to Holy Loch. Andrew Jackson continued her deterrent patrols from Holy Loch through 1985.