Nuclear-Powered Sub 'Dallas' Joins The Fleet

The nuclear-powered attack submarine Dallas (SSN-700) was commissioned recently during ceremonies held at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.

William P. Clements Jr., Governor of Texas, was principal speaker during the ceremonies.

Mrs. Clements was the ship's sponsor.

The Dallas is the first U.S. Navy ship named in honor of the city in Texas, county seat of Dallas County and the second largest city in the state. Dallas also commemorates the name of Vice President George Mifflin Dallas.

Used primarily for antisubmarine warfare, the Dallas is a Los Angeles-class submarine and has an overall length of 360 feet (109.7 m), a beam of 33 feet (10.1 m), and a submerged displacement of 6,900 tons.

The submarine's complement will be 12 officers and 115 enlisted men. Armament includes includes four 21-inch torpedo tubes for MK 48 torpedoes and SUBROC missiles. The tubes are also designed to launch Harpoon missiles.

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