Kings Bay in Camden County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
USS George Bancroft
Forty-one for Freedom Cold War Warrior
Peace through Deterrance
USS George Bancroft SSBN- 643
Commissioned 22 January 1966 Decommissioned 21 September 1993
(Associated Sponsor plaque excerpt)
USS George Bancroft SSBN- 643 was a 640-class Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) submarine homeported in Charleston, South Carolina and Kings Bay, Georgia. Built in Groton, Connecticut the boat was launched 20 March 1965 and commissioned 22 January 1966. The boat completed 19 deterrent patrols with the Polaris A-3 missle, 27 deterrent patrols with the Poseidon missile and 13 deterrent patrols with the Trident I missile. The boat was decommissioned 21 September 1993. The crew earned two Meritorious Unit Commendations and four Battle Efficiency "E" awards.
"So Rests A Good Ship"
Erected 2000 by Centennial Celebration of the United States Navy Submarine Force and Sponsors.
Location. 30° 46.912′ N, 81° 34.551′ W. Marker is in Kings Bay, Georgia, in Camden County. Marker is at the intersection of Charlie Smith Sr Highway and USS Benjamin Franklin Drive on Charlie Smith Sr Highway. Touch for map. Located near the Main Gate to Kings Bay Submarine Base. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys GA 31558, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Tabby Sugar Works of John Houston McIntosh (approx. 0.8 miles away); Point Peter (approx. 3.4 miles away); Point Peter Battery and the War of 1812 (approx. 3.9 miles away); Spanish Occupation of Georgia (approx. 4.2 miles away); City of St. Marys (approx. 4.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Washington Pump & Oak (approx. 4.3 miles away); George Washington Oak Tree Site (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Regarding USS George Bancroft.
•The Polaris A3 missile was the first to have a range for 2,500 miles...
•The two-stage Poseidon had about the same range as its predecessor (2,800 miles), but it could carry up
to 14 independently targetable nuclear warheads and deliver them with twice the accuracy.
• The Trident I is a three-stage, solid-fuelled missile range of 4,600 miles, with multi-warheads
Also see . . .
1. USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643),. Commissioned, 22 January 1966; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 21 September 1993 (Submitted on September 21, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Naval History and Heritage- George Bancroft. Secretary of the Navy 1800 - 1891 (Submitted on September 21, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, Cold • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 568 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.