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New Review: USS Richard B. Russell SSN-687

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"They saved the best for last."  The USS Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), named for the Georgia senator who served his state from 1933 to 1971, was the 37th and final boat of the Sturgeon class, and was the ninth long-hull version of the class.  Built in the Newport News Shipyard, her keel was laid 19 October 1971; she was launched 12 January 1974, and was commissioned 16 August 1975.  She was decommissioned 24 June 1994, and was scrapped through the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program between 1 October 2001 and 3 January 2003.  Powered by an S5W reactor, the boat could travel at speeds of 15 knots surfaced, and 25 knots while submerged.  The crew complement was 126, and she was armed with four 21-inch torpedo tubes.


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