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Today in Navy history -1959 1st fleet ballistic missile sub was commissioned. Do you know her name? Find it here

Today in Navy history -1959 1st fleet ballistic missile sub was commissioned. Do you know her name? Find it here

was the U.S. Navy’s first SSBN and, with her inception, submarines became a vital linchpin in the nuclear triad. Ballistic missile submarines’ groundbreaking capabilities would forever transform the U.S.’s land, air, and maritime forces. With George Washington ’s entry into service in December 1959, the U.S. Navy instantly gained a powerful deterrence weapon — a stealth platform with enormous nuclear firepower. As the first SSBN, George Washington ’s innovative concept and capabilities advanced U.S. Navy ballistic missile systems, paved the way for the rotating two-crew concept, foreshadowed the model of forward presence as a key part of U.S. maritime strategy, and laid the ground work for our present day SSBN to guided missile submarine (SSGN) conversions. The third ship named after the first U.S. president and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army embodied the ideal...

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