DIESELS TO BOOMERS
Some info from COMSUBLANT
"The first strategic deterrent patrol by a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine was made in November 1960 by the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. The 3000th strategic deterrent patrol was made in April 1992 by USS TENNESSEE.From CHINFO: The SSBN in NATIONAL SECURITY - Includes national security commentary and also excerpts of General Colin Powell's remarks upon the completion of the 3000th FBM submarine patrol by the USS TENNESSEE.
25 June 1999 - Many thanks to Hugh Smith for ferreting out the following updated FBM statistics.
Hugh obtained them from:
Ms Judy Hallmark Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) Public Affairs Officer SP-20022 - (703) 607-0723
|C-4 BACKFIT||397 Patrols|
|41 For Freedom total||2824 Patrols|
|TRIDENT I||387 Patrols|
|TRIDENT II||186 Patrols|
|Trident total||573 Patrols|
|Grand total||3397 Patrols|
|Assuming 65 days per Patrol,
that is 604.9 YEARS of Patrol
[ These stats are current as of 3 May 1999 ]