USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was the first BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - class nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarine. Generally similar to the LAFAYETTE - class, the twelve BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - class submarines had a quieter machinery design, and were thus considered a separate class. The BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was the sixth ship in the Navy to bear the name although the previous ships only carried the name FRANKLIN. The first four ships of the name honored Benjamin Franklin; the aircraft carrier FRANKLIN (CV 13) perpetuated the names of these ships.
Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on November 23, 1993, the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN subsequently entered the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington. Recycling was finished on August 21, 1995.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: November 1, 1962|
|Keel laid: May 25, 1963|
|Launched: December 5, 1964|
|Commissioned: October 22, 1965|
|Decommissioned: November 23, 1993|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.|
|Propulsion system: one S5W nuclear reactor|
|Length: 425 feet (129.6 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 31.5 feet (9.6 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 7,250 tons; Submerged: approx. 8,250 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: 16 - 20 knots;Submerged: 22 - 25 knots|
|Armament: 16 vertical tubes for Polaris or Poseidon missiles, four 21" torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Mk-14/16 torpedoes, Mk-37 torpedoes and Mk-45 nuclear torpedoes|
|Crew: 13 Officers and 130 Enlisted (two crews)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN:
|April 11, 1972||Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.||USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN collides with and sinks a tugboat at the Electric Boat Division dock. The submarine, being overhauled at the shipyard, was not damaged.|
About the Ship's Name:
Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was born in Boston but moved at an early age to Philadelphia where his countless talents and unlimited energies found expression in successful contributions as a statesman, diplomat, scientist, editor-author, and philosopher. During the Revolution he was appointed American Minister Plenipotentiary to the French Court enabling him to function also as the Navy's representative in Europe. He promoted the plan to bring the war to British shores, supporting Lambert Wickes' spectacular raids and enabling John Paul Jones to perform his daring feats by providing funds, attending to purchases and repairs, and determining questions of authority and discipline. His astute and visionary policies merit for him deserved recognition in the annals of the United States.