REUNION INFORMATION: GROTON, AUGUST 6,7,8 2010 AT THE GROTON INN & SUITES.
INFO--CONTACT ME FOR MORE DETAILS AND A REGISTRATION FORM AND MEMORABILIA ORDER FORM
- Registration: 1200-1700 Hospitality Room above Motel
- Welcome Cocktail Hour 1800-2100 same location
- Saturday AM-Memorial Service for departed Shipmates-Time and location in March newsletter
- Luncheon at Groton Inn & Suites
- Possible submarine visit to be announced later
- Saturday Evening Banquet: 1800. Details later. Less speakers and more fun planned.
- Sunday Farewell Breakfast at host hotel with coffee/pastries till 1130
PATRICK HENRY ASSOCIATION--If you belong great! If you don't you should! They get newsletters and info on reunions. Funds are for copying and postage.
If you think you belong and aren't sure, email me and I'll tell you. I have the spreadsheet for the Association and will
tell you when your dues expire.
(The Virginian Pilot)
BLOUNT, Robert Haddock, RADM, USN, Ret., 86, died May 4, 2009. He was born
December 8, 1922 in Miami, FL and served 38 years in the Navy. He was a
nuclear submariner. He served on the cruiser Rochester, the submarines
Cutlass, Tirante, Tunny, and was executive officer of Cusk. From July 1959
to December 1967, he commanded three submarines, the USS Barbero, a Regulus
missile ship; the USS Permit, a nuclear attack submarine; and the USS
Patrick Henry, a fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarine. He served on a
joint staff in Washington before reporting as chief of staff for Submarine
Flotilla Six in Charleston, S.C. He was commanding officer of the Charleston
Naval Station when he was selected to the rank of rear admiral in March
1973. In May 1973, he became Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command,
Commandant Fifteenth Naval District, Canal Zone. In May 1975, he returned to
Washington, D.C., to serve in the office of Research and Development of the
Chief of Naval Operations. He became Commander Operational Test and
Evaluation Force in August 1978 and retired from that position in September
1982. He served in business including Sippican and EDO until his retirement
May 1990. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the
Navy's highest peacetime award. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, was a 1947 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and was awarded a master's of business administration from George Washington
University. He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Blount Powell of
Gainesville, Fla., and Jennifer Blount Sanford of Norfolk, their husbands,
Dana Scott Powell and Stricker Coles Sanford IV, and four grandchildren,
Mary Peyton Blount Sanford, Virginia Reading Sanford, Barclay Blount Powell,
and Robert Skylar Powell. Adm. Blount was a member of the Episcopal Church
of the Good Shepherd, the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, the Rotary Club of
Norfolk, the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation Board, the Naval Submarine
League, the Navy League, past president of the Lochhaven Civic League and
formerly a member of the New York Yacht Club and Army-Navy Country Club. He
was also a proud member of the Friday Philosophers Family. A funeral will be
held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd by the
Rev. Robert Davenport. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery on a
date to be determined. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to
7:30 p.m. in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts
may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton
Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23505 or the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation, 4966 Euclid
Road, Suite 109, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Online condolences may be sent to
CREWMEMBERS LISTING-1365 NAMESDeck Log of 599
Did you know there is a SubVet Organization? At last count 106 guys off the 599 belong. U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc has 10,000 guys in 103 Bases/Chapters belong. Please take a look at: www.ussvi.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or where the nearest group is to you.
598 CLASS PAGE at: http://www.598class.us/home.asp
Picture from 1999 Reno USSVI Convention-Ron Martini (yellow shirt)-Bob Spide (gray beard/glasses)
Picture of 599 in Hood Canal, WA after 72 overhaul
Above from Gary Dressler
NEW PICS by Rob. Darrigo-Circa 1982-Decomm Crew photos
NEW PICTURE via Fred William
L to R-Jack Zollenger, Fred Williams, ?, Bill Lee Dunoon, Scotland 67-68
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I finally got the research redone on the urban legends that surround the early FBM construction.
The simple answer to what Skipjack type boats were cut apart to make what
Polaris boats is: One only, the hull that was to be Scorpion at EB. All
other of the first five Polaris FBMs were built from the keel up. That
being said, some explanation is in order.
1. It should be noted that even though a ship name is assigned, generally
on keel laying, there are occasions where the name is changed during
building. The name used on launching (christening) is the name the ship
carries throughout her life. There are, however, exceptions.
2. The submarine launched missile program generated some interesting ship
designations until things got formalized.
The first was the SSG(N) (FBM) which generally was used to describe the
concepts associated with the Jupiter missile projects although it carried
over to the early Polaris designs.
The next was SSG(N) which was used throughout 1957 and into 1958. This was
changed to SSB(N) in 1959. The George Washington was launched as
(SSBN-598). The use of parentesis around the N was not always used,
especially in signs.
3. What follows is general run of events that led to the USS George
Washington and a general accounting of all the Skipjacks and the first 5
An SSGN,was similar in concept to the Halibut, but with the improved S5W
reactor plant the basic Thresher class hull was in the works. SSGN 600 was
to be one of these. It was to have four hangers each carrying one or more
missiles. At the same time, a separate path of missile design was ongoing.
This path was to use a modified Jupiter missile in a configuration which
had four missile tubes in an enlarged sail. A Jupiter equipped SSBN was
included in the FY 1959 budget. This plan was scrapped when in 1956, the
Jupiter equipped submarine program was scrapped and work turned to using a
solid fueled missile (to become the Polaris). The Secretary of Defense
required the Navy to make a definitive choice in the programs. It should be
remembered that this was at the time that there was a real battle between
the Navy and the Air Force about control of strategic forces. The Navy
scrapped the Regulus development program, stopped Regulus I production and
cut Regulus II production and ended the Triton development program. All the
efforts were to be used in development of the Polaris.
The Polaris program accelerated and the plan of putting 16 missile tubes
in two rows of eight on a Skipjack or Thresher class hull and have it ready
by 1963. By year's end the Special Projects Office (SPO) had a way to get
everything put together (lightweight warhead, submarine, navigation system,
and missile) by late 1960. To do this a submarine had to be designed.
Rather than use the Thresher design for the first five of the new SSBN's,
the Skipjack design was far enough along to allow it to be used with
significant modifications. It was also decided to spread the work load
around to get faster results. EB had a hull on the ways which was to become
the USS Scorpion and the USS Skipjack was nearly ready for launch. The
Scorpion hull was selected as the first conversion. At the same time, Mare
Island which was getting ready to build the boat which was to become the USS
Scamp, and Newport News which had parts and sections for the boat which was
to be the USS Shark got orders to build SSBNs, one each. Neither had laid
the keels for the Skipjack class boats (which were actually to be a separate
(SSN 588) class. Portsmouth had no Skipjacks being built, but with
available space, got orders to built two of the Polaris boats as soon as the
design was finalized.
The conversion from Scorpion to George Washington was not as simple as
slicing the hull forward of the reactor compartment and inserting a missile
compartment. The control planes had to be enlarged, the hydraulics plant
beefed up, the air systems enlarged and so on. Berthing and stowage spaces
had to be redesigned.
Many of the long lead time items could be used for both types (Skipjack and
George Washington) and orders went out to double the orders for these. For
example, there were 6 torpedo tubes in the bow of a Skipjack class. Given
that 5 boats were on order, there were five shipsets of tubes on order.
This was doubled to ten shipsets to have enough for the five new Polaris
boats also. When a shipset was ready to deliver, it might have been
originally assigned to a Skipjack class boat at one shipyard, but may have
been actually diverted to one of the Polaris boats at another yard. Some of
these long lead time items had already been delivered or were being
fabricated at the building yards. What boat they went into depended on
which boat needed them first.
At EB, the Scorpion was cut apart and used to constuct the George
Washington. The Patrick Henry was laid down in the ways vacated by the
launch of the Skipjack, within 18 hours of the launching. At Mare Island,
the Roosevelt was laid down on empty ways vacated by the launch of Triton.
Scamp (588) was laid down in the building ways vacated by the launch of
Halibut. The R. E. Lee (Newport News hull number 546) at Newport News was
also laid down in an empty building way. The Shark was under construction,
at Newport News, (Newport News hull number 545) having been laid started the
previous February. She was launched three months after the R.E. Lee.
Undoubtly some parts originally destined for Shark went into Lee to speed
Lee's construction, but the Shark remained intact. Ingals had the contracts
to build two Skipjacks, Sculpin and Snook. Portsmouth got the contracts for
one Polaris boat, the Abraham Lincoln.
Then the question came up; "I was an MT on the 599. One of the qual oolies had to do with the frame#s in the Missile Compt. Just inside the forward WTD there was this curious frame arrangment where the two frames were about 12" apart. I was told that's because the 599 was a cut apart Fast Attack with the Missile Compt added."
The answer; "The missile compartment was 33' in diameter and the operations compartment, forward, and the reactor compartment, aft, was 31'7" in diameter. The bottom centerlines of the cylinders were matched and flush. That left a 17" jog in the top centerlines. There were conical fairing sections to the pressure hull fitted forward and aft of the missile compartment. The jog was hidden under the missile deck superstructure and the fairing was barely visible from the outside. However, it left a very weak structural element where these fairing pieces fit. The frames in both the forward and after end of the missile compartments would have been spaced closer together to compensate. Forward they might have been visible, but aft they would have been part of the heavier structural portion of the forward reactor compartment bulkhead. I haven't seen an unclassified inboard profile of the 598 class to know for sure, but I would bet a couple of Groton Base beers on it.
In addition, as I said before, it is not a done deal that hull sections for a Skipjack class weren't used in the 599's construction. What I am certain of is that a boat was not cut apart to build 599.
U.S.S Patrick Henry SSBN-599
Author Ron Martini ex EM1(SS) 62-68
Capt. Shear on top of the world!
This page written by Ron Martini ex-EM1(SS) on both B&G crews of the Patrick Henry for 13 patrols from 1962 to mid 1968. Currently living in Sheridan, Wyoming. Please direct your attention to my main page on the Submarine force atRon Martini's Submarine Fleet Page
9-22-59 Groton, Ct
Facts, pictures, links, crew list:
Interesting article on Adm. Shear
Important: Patrick Henry Alumni Association needs your help. Jim Warrick does the newsletter for the group. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send a letter. His address has recently changed to Jim Warrick-135 S. 530 W. Hurricane, UT 84737.
Also, please take a look at the crew list and if you know of anyone who is not listed or whose information is incorrect please email me.
Welcome to the Home Page of the USS Patrick Henry SSBN 599. The 599 was the second SSBN ever constructed and was the first to pull into Holy Loch, Scotland. The following is quoted from the Launching Program of 9-22-59: "The Patrick Henry is a nuclear powered submarine designed specifically to fire Polaris ballistic missiles from underwater or surface positions. The 599, sister-ship of the recently-launched George Washington, is the second submarine launched in the Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine program.
A Tear-drop hull design will enable the Patrick Henry to achieve high submerged speeds and improve maneuverability. The Patrick Henry is 380-feet long and displaces 5,400 tons on the surface. The ship has 16 tubes for launching the Polaris intermediate range (1,500 mile) missile and will also have torpedo-firing capabilities. In addition, the latest scientific advances in navigation have been incorporated to enable the submarine to cruise underwater for almost indefinite periods of time."
- Keel Laid 05-27-58 (one day after the Skipjack was launched) on building way #12
- Launched 09-22-59. Six months later on 7 March, 1960, Patrick Henry begain her sea trials to test operation of the nuclear power plant and handling characteristics of the ship. These trials were successfully completed, and marked the shortest construction time from keel laying to initial sea trials for any boat built since the end of WW II. After the initial series of sea trials, work continued in testing the Polaris Weapon System consisting of fire control, missile and navigation systems.
- Commissioned 04-09-60
This Poem-Prayer was found recently and I decided to share it with you. It was written specifically for the Patrick Henry's Dedication:
Immediatedly after the commissioning, the ship conducted Preliminary Acceptance Trials and continued proving the weapons systems. Two more series of sea trials immediately followed for testing numerous intricate details of equipment installed in the ship, and to conduct many successful launchings of dummy missiles from submerged tubes. These tremendous efforts were directed toward making the ship completely ready for sea by August 1960, when she proceeded to Cape Canaveral for submerged firings of missiles in the Atlantic Missile Range. During the eight weeks period of operation in the Range area, she had five highly successful submerged launchings. On 20 October, 1960, she returned to New London for post shakedown availability and final preparations for deployment on her first patrol. This fitting out period continued until 12 December, 1960, when the ship departed New London for Charleston, SC where she received her first load of 16 Polaris missiles. When Patrick Henry arrived in the Holy Loch after her first patrol, she had been submerged and completely isolated from the earth's atmosphere for a period of nearly sixty-seven days since departure from Charleston on 30 December, 1960. The highly successful patrol set a new world record for continuous submergence in the ocean depths under "sealed boat" conditions. Patrick Henry was the first SSBN to enter the Holy Loch, and first to go alongside USS Proteus AS 19 for replenishment and routine repair. On June 11, 1962, after completion of her first six deterrent patrols, Captain Harold Shear was relieved as Commanding Officer of the Blue Crew by Frank McMullen. This was the first Change of Command in the Holy Loch.
- This Poem-Prayer I dedicate
To the U.S.S. Patrick Henry
To its officers and to its men
As they sail beneath the sea.
- O'God, Our Father, hear my plea
As I offer up this prayer
To ask in all Thy Holiness
Sail with them everywhere.
- As they explore the boundless depths
Thou are their mighty Captain
Above and beneath the sea.
- During their silent vigil
Under waters dark and deep
Give strength to Thy courageous Sons
While a constant watch they keep.
- Directed by Thy Holy Hand
Their course shall always be
Deterrence of oppression
And to keep Thy children free.
- By deeds of all these valiant men
War and hate may one day cease
The four winds will carry forth Thy words
"Peace My Children, Peace."
- If ever despair befall these men
In their home made of steel
Send forth the words of its Namesake
His love of freedom make them feel.
- "Give me Liberty or Give me Death,"
Thy son Patrick did once say
His words give birth to a greater love
For our land, that very day.
- I pray these fervent words, My God
To these men, be Heaven's Might
As they sail alert and ready
Shielded by Thy Holy Light.
- O'Gracious God, I end this prayer
For these crusaders of Liberty
Bestow Thy Heavenly Blessing
Guide them through Thy boundless sea.
- by SB Curiale
- Commanding Officer-Cdr. Harold E. Shear(B) Cdr Robert Long (G)
- Christening-Mrs Leslie Arends
- Length 381.6, Beam 33, Displacement 5959/6709, (Janes quotes 6019/6888), test Depth 700, 6 Torpedo tubes/ MK 59, 16 Missile tubes and Mk 80 Fire Control System (Updated from Mk 80 during the 65-66 overhaul, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, 2 geared turbines at 15,000 shp to one shaft. Speed (Janes) 20 surfaced, 31 submerged. All ships in the class were fitted with Mk 2 mod 4 SINS navigational system and WSC-3 satellite communications transceivers. This class was the only class to received the A-1 Polaris missile system and was updated to the A-3 during the initial overhaul.
- Class of Ship-George Washington
- Overhaul/missile conversion/core change at EB 4-Jan-65 to 21-July-66.
- Decommissioned 05-24-84
- Disposition at SRP-Puget Sound to be started 1-97 and scrapping completed 31 August 1997. See picture at bottom of this page for the 599 (sans missile compartment) one year prior to disposition.
- Other ships in Class:
George Washington was the West's first ship to be armed with ballistic missiles. A supplement to the FY 1958 new construction programming signed on 11 February 1958 provided for the construction of the first three SSBNs. The navy ordered the just-begun attack submarine Scorpion (SSN 589) to be completed as a missile submarine on 31 December 1957. This hull was actually cut apart to install the missile compartment. The hull was redesignated SSGN 598 and completed as George Washington. Patrick Henry similarly was re-ordered on the last day of 1957, her materials having originally been intended for the the not-yet-started USS Sculpin, SSN590. These submarines and three sister ships (two authorized in FY 1959) were built to a modified "Skipjack " class design with almost 130 ft being added to the original design to accommodate two rows of eight missile tubes, fire control and navigation equipment, and auxiliary machinery. All are depth limited compared with later designs.
All ships in the class has been decommissioned and have had their missile compartments removed as a result of SALT 1 provisions. The 598 is still afloat at Puget Sound and is scheduled for scrapping 1-Mar-99, The 599 is recently completing the scrapping process. (lower right of photo) The 600 was decommissioned 28-Feb-81 and was disposed of at Puget on 3-apr-95. The 601 was decommissioned 30-Nov-83 and it's disposal was completed at Puget 23-Sept-91. The 602 was decommissioned the same day as the 600 and it's disposal was completed 10-May-94.
- George Washington SSBN598 SSBN598 Home Page.
- Patrick Henry SSBN 599
- Blue Crew Commanding Officers
- Shear, Harold Edson, CAPT :ADM 1 09.04.1960 21.07.1962 FDC
- McMullen Jr., Frank Day, CDR :VADM 2 21.07.1962 04.09.1964
- Blount, Robert Haddock, CDR :RADM 3 04.09.1964 12.11.1967
- Lewis, James R., CDR :RADM 4 12.11.1967 22.07.1969
- Test, Richard Z., CDR 5 22.07.1969 19.03.1973
- Chanslor, Richard Maurice, CDR 6 19.03.1973 04.05.1976
- Ferrier, Donald Robert, CDR 7 04.05.1976 18.09.1978
- Hux, Edgar Douglas, CDR 8 18.09.1978 21.07.1980
- Weaver, Charles Thomas, CDR 9 21.07.1980 00.05.1981
- Gold Crew Commanding Officers
- Long, Robert Lyman John, CDR :ADM 51 09.04.1960 16.08.1963 FDC
- ) Cramer Jr., Shannon Davenport, CAPT :VADM 52 16.08.1963 15.12.1964
- ) Mayfield III, Stanwix Greenville, CDR
53 15.12.1964 28.08.1966
- Cole Jr., William Sterling, CDR
54 28.08.1966 02.09.1966
- ) Barunas Jr., George Aloysius, CDR
55 02.09.1966 03.10.1970
- Test, Richard Z., CDR
56 03.10.1970 19.11.1971
- Harner Jr., Charles F., CDR
57 19.11.1971 22.02.1975
- Bacon, Roger Francis, CDR :VADM 58 22.02.1975 06.05.1976
- Ferrier, Donald Robert, CDR
59 06.05.1976 23.03.1978
- Grise, James Edward, CDR
60 23.03.1978 19.01.1980
- Kreinik, Eugene Gerard, CDR
61 19.01.1980 24.10.1981 24.10.82: SSN-599
- SSN599 Commanding Officers
- Commander E.G. Kreinik October 1981-January 1983
- Captain L.J. Kramer January 1983-September 1983
- Commander R.E. Fast September 1983-May 1984
- Theodore Roosevelt SSBN 600
- Robert E. Lee SSBN 601 SSBN601 Home Page.
- Abraham Lincoln SSBN 602 Home Page
- "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" were words spoken by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 to the Virginia Assembly. The entire last paragraph: "It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field. Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know now what course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty or give me Death!
- The first launching of a Polaris test vehicle from a submerged submarine (SSBN 598) took place on July 20, 1960, about 30 miles at sea off Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:39 pm EST. Four months later the Navy was testing the next generation Polaris (the A-2). The Patrick Henry received a new core and the A-3 missile system in 1964-65 at Electric Boat.
>599 Arrives at Pearl Harbor for first time. by: Dean Hebert
Gold Crew picture supplied by:Glen Duncan
Patrick Henry arrives at Pearl Harbor---------------------Last Gold Crew firing at the Cape
>Mike Lame and Midshipman at Panama
****The below pictures were submitted by Herb Pasteur-Gold Crew from the 1963 time frame****Thanks
***The pictures are numbered 1-2, next row down 3,4, etc. Descriptions are at the bottom for all shots***
#1Gold Patrol #5 4-63. L to R Tom Russell IC1, ?, Jules Greuttner, Carl Hill SK1, ?
#2While shirt is James Warrick
#3Left is Tom Russell, Warrick in white t-shirt
#4Left is James Warrick, Right is Prescott Parker
#5Warrick with Pie in face
#6Blue Nose Gold #5-=4-63- Left Prescott Parker, Middle Charles Davis CS2, King Neptune?
#8Left is Cmdr RL Long, Middle is XO William Miller, Right is ?
#9Holy Loch-USS Hunley
#10Holy Loch from Hunley
#11 to #14 USS Hunley with 599 inboard and Ethan Allen outboard and forward
If you are looking for 599 Mugs: contact Byron Smith in the "Crew Listing."
Current Crew listing
Special thanks to the following who have contributed so that the 599 might live on. Jim Warrick and Vince Toomey for help on the Crew list, Mike Lame for pictures (will be added shortly) and Phil Giambri for pictures..Phil also has copies of the Breakfast News that he helped with in a major way and we will attempt to show you some of those in the future. If you were on in 62-63, you might see your name. Not wise in all cases to show the wife some of this stuff...If you can identify anyone in the "Ice Cream Eating Contest" picture; let me know and I'll add their names. I even worked with one back aft and can't for the life of me get his name