Hackensack in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Polaris A-1 Missle
Prime Contractor: Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
Type: Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM)
Diameter: 4’ – 6”
Weight: 28,000 lbs
Wing or Fin Span: None
Power Plant: Solid Propellant
Range: 1,380 miles
Guidance: Inertial, Celestial
The Navy ordered five existing submarines to be modified to carry the Polaris Missile. The first of the modified subs was called SSBM 598 George Washington, (originally the SSN 598 Scorpion). All five of the renovated subs became known as George Washington Class.
During a Polaris launch, the missile was ejected vertically through a hatch on the deck of the sub. The Polaris A-1 was officially retired from service in October 1965 when the last George Washington class sub, the Abraham Lincoln, returned to port.
Location. 40° 52.835′ N, 74° 2.4′ W. Marker is in Hackensack, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Street and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the New Jersey Naval Museum on the Hackensack River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78 River Street, Hackensack NJ 07601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Lark Anti-aircraft Missile (here, next to this marker); Regulus I SSM-N-8 (a few steps from this marker); Terrier SAM-N-7 (a few steps from this marker); Seehund (within shouting distance of this marker); Kaiten Type II (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Gudgeon (SS-211) (within shouting distance of this marker); Submariners Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Underwater MK16 Mine (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hackensack.
Also see . . . New Jersey Naval Museum. (Submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, Cold •
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