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USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619)

USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619)
USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619)
United States of America
Name: USS Andrew Jackson
Namesake: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh President of the United States (1829-1837)
Ordered: 23 July 1960
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Laid down: 26 April 1961
Launched: 15 September 1962
Sponsored by: Mrs. Estes Kefauver
Commissioned: 3 July 1963
Decommissioned: 31 August 1989
Struck: 31 August 1989
Motto: One man with courage is a majority
Fate: Scrapping via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 30 August 1999
Status: Recycled
General characteristics
Class & type: Lafayette-class submarine
Type: Ballistic missile submarine (hull design SCB-216)[1]
  • 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)
  • 20 knots (37 km/h) surfaced
  • 25 knots (46 km/h) submerged
Complement: Two crews (Blue and Gold), 13 officers and 130 enlisted men each
Sensors and
processing systems:
BQS-4 sonar[1]

USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) was a Lafayette-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, it was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), the seventh President of the United States (1829-1837).


  • Construction and commissioning 1
  • Operational history 2
  • Decommissioning and disposal 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5

Construction and commissioning

The contract to build Andrew Jackson was awarded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, on 23 July 1960 and her keel was laid down on 26 April 1961. She was launched on 15 September 1962 sponsored by Mrs. Estes Kefauver, and commissioned on 3 July 1963, with Commander Alfred J. Whittle, Jr. in command of the Blue Crew and Commander James B. Wilson in command of the Gold Crew.

Operational history

Following commissioning, Andrew Jackson sailed via the Panama Canal to the United States East Coast. On 1 October and 11 October 1963, during shakedown training out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, she successfully launched Polaris A-2 ballistic missiles; and, on 26 October 1963, she sent Polaris A-3X missiles into space in the first submerged launching of its type; and she repeated the feat on 11 November 1963. On 16 November 1963, six days before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy—embarked in the missile range instrumentation ship USS Observation Island (EAG-154)—observed Andrew Jackson launch another Polaris A-2 ballistic missile from a point off Cape Canaveral and congratulated Commander Wilson and his crew for "impressive teamwork."

Decommissioning and disposal

Andrew Jackson was decommissioned on 31 August 1989 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on the same day. Ex-Andrew Jackson entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington. Recycling of Ex-Andrew Jackson was completed 30 August 1999.


  1. ^ a b c d Adcock, Al. (1993), U.S. Ballistic Missile Submarines, Carrolltown, Texas: Squadron Signal, p. 22 


  • NavSource Online Submarine Photo Archive: Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) Keel Laying - Launching, retrieved 24 September 2011 
  • NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) Sea Trials / Decommissioning, retrieved 24 September 2011 
  • Kennedy Presidential Library Andrew Jackson Polaris Launch Photos, retrieved 26 April 2014 

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