USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686)
|Name:||USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686)|
|Namesake:||L. Mendel Rivers (1905-1970), U.S. Representative from South Carolinas 1st Congressional District (1941-1970)|
|Ordered:||1 July 1969|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company|
|Laid down:||26 June 1971|
|Launched:||2 June 1973|
|Sponsored by:||Margaret Rivers Eastman and Marion Rivers|
|Commissioned:||1 February 1975|
|Decommissioned:||10 May 2001|
|Stricken:||10 May 2001|
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 19 July 2002|
|Class and type:||Sturgeon-class attack submarine|
|Length:||302 ft 3 in (92.13 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)|
|Installed power:||15,000 shaft horsepower (11.2 megawatts)|
|Propulsion:||One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw|
|Test depth:||1,300 feet (396 meters)|
|Complement:||126 (14 officers, 112 enlisted men)|
|Armament:||4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine in commission from 1975 to 2001, is the only ship of the United States Navy thus far to have been named for L. Mendel Rivers (1905-1970), U.S. Representative from South Carolinas 1st Congressional District (1941-1970).
The contract to build L. Mendel Rivers was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 1 July 1969 and her keel was laid down there on 26 June 1971. She was launched on 2 June 1973, sponsored by L. Mendel Rivers two daughters, Margaret Rivers Eastman and Marion Rivers, and commissioned on 1 February 1975 with Commander Roderic L. Wolfe in command.
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her first deployment was to the mediterranean sea from jan-jul 1976.
L. Mendel Rivers was decommissioned on 10 May 2001 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 19 July 2002.
L. Mendel Rivers ships plaque is on display at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. the L. Mendel Rivers ships patch is on display at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut, with the patches of all Sturgeon-class attack submarine.
Archive Footage of the vessel was used in the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, Starring Lee Majors as Col. Steve Austin, Season Six opener 'Sharks
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