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Polaris A-1 Missle

 
 
Polaris A-1 Missle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
1. Polaris A-1 Missle Marker
Inscription.
Prime Contractor: Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
Type: Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM)
Diameter: 4 – 6”
Length: 28
Weight: 28,000 lbs
Wing or Fin Span: None
Power Plant: Solid Propellant
Speed: Hypersonic
Range: 1,380 miles
Guidance: Inertial, Celestial
Armament: Nuclear

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. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 52.835′ N, 74° 2.4′ W. Marker was in Hackensack, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of River Street and Bridge Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the New Jersey Naval Museum on the Hackensack River. Marker was at or near this postal address: 78 River Street, Hackensack NJ 07601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Polaris A-1 Missle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
2. Polaris A-1 Missle Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Lark Anti-aircraft Missile (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Regulus I SSM-N-8 (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Terrier SAM-N-7 (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Seehund (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Kaiten Type II (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); USS Gudgeon (SS-211) (within shouting distance of this marker); Submariners Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Underwater MK16 Mine (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hackensack.
 
Regarding Polaris A-1 Missle. The USS Ling Museum has been closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage. Virtually every marker has been removed and any remaining displays, including USS Ling, are in derelict condition.
 
Also see . . .  New Jersey Naval Museum. (Submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, Cold
 
Polaris A-1 Missle image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
3. Polaris A-1 Missle
Polaris A-1 Missle at the New Jersey Naval Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2013
4. Polaris A-1 Missle at the New Jersey Naval Museum
The Polaris A-1 Missile is seen here on the left.
The abandoned U.S.S. Ling Museum site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 11, 2017
5. The abandoned U.S.S. Ling Museum site
The USS Ling Museum has been closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage. Virtually every marker has been removed and any remaining displays, including USS Ling, are in derelict condition.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on September 20, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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