USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600)

Roosevelt's launch ceremony on 3 October, 1959. The submarine was christened by the President's daughter, Alice. US Navy photo.

Laid Down
1958
Launched
1959
Commissioned
1961
Decommissioned
1981
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) was the third of five George Washington-class ballistic missile submarines built for the US Navy. Commissioning 13 February, 1961, TR was deployed in the Atlantic, but, on 7 March, 1961, became the first Boomer (ballistic missile sub) to transit the Panama Canal. Most of her early career saw TR operating out of Holy Loch in Scotland. From 1965-67 she underwent a major overhaul, including refueling her reactor, and upgrading her missiles to the Polaris A3. Redeploying to Scotland, TR ran aground in March, 1968, necessitating her return to the US for repairs. TR continued her deterrent patrols through the 1970s, until she was decommissioned 1 December, 1982. She was broken up and her parts were recycled in the early 1990s under the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program.