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USS James Monroe (SSBN-622)
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USS James Monroe (SSBN-622)
Career (United States of America)
Namesake: James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States (1817-1825)
Ordered: 3 February 1961
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
Laid down: 31 July 1961
Launched: 4 August 1962
Sponsored by: Mrs. Roswell L. Gilpatric
Commissioned: 7 December 1963
Decommissioned: 25 September 1990
Struck: 25 September 1990
Motto: "Watchful Waiting"
Fate: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 10 January 1995
Status: Recycled
General characteristics
Class & type: Lafayette-class submarine
Type: Ballistic missile submarine (hull design SCB-216)[1]
Displacement: 7,250 long tons (7,370 t) surfaced
8,250 long tons (8,380 t) submerged
Length: 425 ft (130 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
Propulsion: 1 × S5W reactor
2 × Westinghouse geared turbines 15,000 shp (11,000 kW)[1]
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h) surfaced
25 knots (46 km/h) submerged
Complement: Two crews (Blue Crew and Gold), 13 officers and 130 enlisted men each
Sensors and
processing systems:
BQS-4 sonar[1]
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) Mark 65 torpedo tubes with Mark 113 firecontrol system,[1] for Mark 48 torpedoes
16 × vertical tubes for Polaris or Poseidon ballistic missiles

USS James Monroe (SSBN-622), a Lafayette-class ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for James Monroe. She served with the United States Navy from 1963 to 1990.

Construction and commissioning

The contract to build James Monroe was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 3 February 1961 and her keel was laid down there on 31 July 1961. She was launched on 4 August 1962 sponsored by Mrs. Roswell L. Gilpatric, and commissioned on 7 December 1963, with Commander William H. Sandford in command of the Blue Crew and Commander Warren R. Cobean, Jr., in command of the Gold Crew.

Operational history

Following shakedown off Cape Kennedy, Florida, James Monroe spent the early months of 1964 in ballistic missile tests. She departed for her first deterrent patrol in June 1964. On 17 January 1967, James Monroe completed her twelfth deterrent patrol, having operated from both Holy Loch, Scotland, and Rota, Spain.

Decommissioning and disposal

James Monroe was decommissioned on 25 September 1990 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Ex-James Monroe entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington. Recycling of Ex-James Monroe was completed on 10 January 1995.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Adcock, Al (1993). U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines. Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal. p. 22. 

External links

  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
  • Photo gallery of USS James Monroe (SSBN 622) at NavSource Naval History

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