Retired Ballistic Missile Submarine Profile Drawings by George E. Bieda
Acclaimed Naval Artist George Bieda has done profiles of the three classes of retired "Boomers" as well as the USS Halibut SSGN/SSN 587. As with the Ohio Class that would eventually replace them, these submarines formed the third leg of the US strategic nuclear triad. Upon leaving port on patrol, they sank beneath the waves and only Poseidon--and maybe King Neptune--knew where these Grey Ladies patrolled.
USS Halibut SSGN 587
USS Halibut SSGN 587 was the first boat built for the US Navy designed from the keel up as a platform to carry and launch ballistic missiles. HALIBUT was supposed to support the Regulus II missile, but just 17 days before she was commissioned, the program was dropped, so she carried the Regulus I, which was all ready in service. The initial design of the boat called for diesel-electric propulsion, but this was changed to nuclear power during construction. The image on the right show the HALIBUT with a Regulus I missile on its launching ramp, ready to go. This is as the boat appeard from commissioning in 1960 until conversion to attack submarine configuration late in 1975. When placing your order, be sure to give us your "Years Served Aboard" information, and we will configure the boat correctly. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.
We carry all the hull numbers in each class. Click on this sample thumbnail image of the USS George Washington (SSBN-598) for a larger view. Then click on your browser's BACK button to return here. All the boomer profiles will be very similar to this print. And remember, satisfaction is guaranteed.
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The Ethan Allen Class subs were larger then their predecessors, and could dive nearly twice as deep. They were equipped with 16 tubes for launching fleet ballistic missiles. Most of these boats were converted to attack submarines before their retirement. The lead boat in the class in shown on the right as she appeared in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image, then click BACK to return here.
Shown here is the USS Von Steuben (SSBN-632). Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Be sure to select a specific boat and print options when ordering!
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