POLARIS BASE - USSVIUnited States Submarine Veterans Inc.



Formation Meeting 12 March, 2005

Creed of USSVI:
"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyality and patriotism to the Unites States of American and it's Constitution."

    BASE HISTORYY
    Polaris Base was formed in Rapid City, SD March 12, 2005. It is a Base of USSVI within Western District Seven/Western Region of USSVI. Base Logo is that Polaris missile as depicted above. Design by Art Randall-Central Region Director. Plank Owners of the Base will be all those who join before the finalizaton of the Base Constitution and Bylaws which should occur on or near the September 2005 meeting. Formation witnessed by D7-George St. Martin, Past Minn-St. Paul Base CO ,Ron Martini-Base CO Wyoming Base Commander and Western District Seven (WD7) Commander
    Base Officers are:

BASE OFFICERS 2005

    3rd Saturday of the odd numbered months at 1:30 pm Meets at: VFW Post, 420 Main St., Rapid City, SD 57701-2732 --Summer meetings are pot-luck affairs. Contact Base Officer for details

  • Ships: George Washington Class
  • Ships: Ethan Allan Class
  • Ships: Lafayette Class
  • Ships: Benjamin Franklin Class
  • Ships: Ohio Class
  • Polaris Missile A1 Had a length of 32.3 feet and a diameter of 54 inches. The missile had a pre-launch weight of 28000 pounds and was powered by a 2-stage solid rocket motor with a range of 1200 miles and carried a singel EC47 (W47) Nuclear Weapon warhead. A Mk 80 Mod 2 fire control system was used by the missile and launch platform. This was the first sea-launche ICBM. Fitted on the first five Polaris boats (598 class above). These boats were refitted to fire Polaris A3 starting in 1964. The George Washington fired the first missile at sea. The Patrick Henry was the first go on a Deterrent Patrol.
  • Polaris Missile A2 Had a length of 32.2 feet and a diameter of 54 inches. The missile had a pre-launch weight of 30000 pounds and was powered by a 2-stage solid rocket motor with a range of 1500 miles and carried three W47 Nuclear Weapon warheds of 200 kilo-tons each. Fitted on the five Ethan Allen-class boats plus the first 13 Lafayette-Class boats. These boats were refitted with A3s starting in 1968.
  • Polaris Missile A3 Had a length of 32.2 feet and a diameter of 54 inches. The missile had a pre-launch weight of 35000 pounds and was powered by a 2-stage solid rocket motor with a range of 2000+ miles and carried a W58 Nuclear Weapon warhead. A Mk 80 Mod 2 (in 598 Class), Mk 80 Mod 3 in 608 Class, and Mk 84 in 616 Class fire control system used by missile and launch platforms. Fitted on the last 18 Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin-class boats.
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