The Navy, inspired by German successes with the V-2 rocket and experimentation with an underwater V-2 launching system in World War II, worked to develop conventional and nuclear ballistic missile systems for American submarines. Under Vice Admiral William Raborn's direction, a 130-foot midsection for missile tubes was added to the already designed Skipjack-class nuclear submarines. Patrick Henry, the second of these new submarines, was commissioned 11 April 1960. Based continuously overseas at Holy Loch, Scotland, she completed 17 deterrent patrols from December 1960 to December 1964. Read more »
L: 381' 8". Beam: 33'. Draft: 29'. Speed: 20+ knots (surfaced), 25+ knots (submerged).
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