Uss Francis Scott Key Ssb (n) 657 Submarine Naval Cover 16 October 1973 For Sale
USS NAVY COVER
Date / Era:Cover:16 October1973
Ship Name: USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
Ship Number:SSB (N) 655
Country Flag:UNITED STATES
Item Type:NAVAL CACHET COVER
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE FLPOSTMARK
USUAL NON DETRACTING POSTAL USE
Conditon:SEE SCAN - ANY SHADING IS DUE TO MY RELUCTANCE TO PRESS ON THE SCANNER LID NOT THE COVER/S
USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657), a Benjamin Franklin class ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Francis Scott Key (1779–1843), an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet who wrote the poem "The Defense of Fort McHenry", which became the words to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Francis Scott Key was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 29 July 1963 and her keel was laid down there on 5 December 1964. She was launched on 23 April 1965, sponsored by Mrs. Marjory Key Thorne and Mrs. William T. Jarvis, and commissioned on 3 December 1966, with Captain Frank W. Graham in command of the Blue Crew and Lieutenant Commander Joseph B. Logan in command of the Gold Crew.
The Submarine was part of SUBRON 16 and based in Rota, Spain. It then moved to Kings Bay, Georgia.
Decommissioning and disposal
Francis Scott Key was decommissioned on 2 September 1993 with Commander Carl D. Olson in command, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the U.S. Navy's Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 1 September 1995.
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