U.S.S. Patrick Henry



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U.S.S. Patrick Henry

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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. After an 18-month overhaul in 1965, which included the firing of new Polaris A-3 missiles, Patrick Henry was assigned to Submarine Squadron 14. Patrick Henry continued deterrence patrols in submarine squadrons 16, 16, 17, and 1, in both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans until January 1961 when she offloaded her missiles during her conversion to a nuclear attack submarine. Patrick Henry was armed with sixteen Polaris missiles and six 21-inch torpedo tubes. She was decommissioned in 1985.

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L: 381' 8". Beam: 33'. Draft: 29'. Speed: 20+ knots (surfaced), 25+ knots (submerged).

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