Daniel Boone, The Boat

The nuclear powered, Fleet Balisitic Missile Submarine USS DANIEL BOONE was the first ship of the United States Navy to bear the name of this famous American pioneer and frontiersman.

The construction of USS DANIEL BOONE was authorized by Congress in 1961, and the keel was laid in February 1962 at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. The ship was launched on 22 June 1963, christened by Mrs. James H. Wakelin, the ship's sponsor.

The ship was commissioned on 23 April 1964, the nation's 22nd Polaris submarine. Admiral U. S. Grant Sharp, USN the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, was the principal speaker at the commissioning ceremony. Immediately upon being placed in commission, DANIEL BOONE reported to Admiral Sharp for duty as the first Polaris firing submarine in the Pacific Fleet.

DANIEL BOONE sailed from Pearl Harbor on 23 November 1964 for Guam, Marianas Islands, where she moored alongside the submarine tender USS PROTEUS (AS-19) for the first complete Polaris Missile loadout from a tender.

After nineteen successful Polaris deterrent patrols over a period of five years continuous service, DANIEL BOONE again sailed through the Panama Canal and to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in May 1969 for overhaul and refueling.

As a result of her long and continuous service to the Pacific and highly successful operations, USS DANIEL BOONE was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation by the Secretary of the Navy, at ceremonies held in Holy Loch, Scotland on 27 June 1972.

The ship underwent final missile loadout in her new homeport at Charleston, South Carolina, deployed on 26 April 1971 and commenced conducting deterrent patrols from Holy Loch, Scotland as a unit of Submarine Squadron FOURTEEN. On 5 December 1975, DANIEL BOONE returned to Charleston, South Carolina upon completion of her thirty-seventh patrol to prepare for the ship's second overhaul.

In March 1976, the ship headed for Pourtsmouth Naval Shipyard for an overhaul. March 24, 1978, marked the completion of the second overhaul for USS DANIEL BOONE.

The ship underwent post-overhaul shakedown sea trials and DASO at Port Canaveral, Florida, where DANIEL BOONE successfully launched a C-3 missile on 15 May 1978.

DANIEL BOONE returned to her homeport of Charleston, South Carolina, underwent Poseidon tactical loadout and deployed on deterrent patrols. She was under the operational control of Submarine Squadron FOURTEEN in Holy Loch, Scotland, through December 1979. In January 1980, DANIEL BOONE was transferred to operational control of Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN in Kings Bay, Georgia. DANIEL BOONE was converted to carry the Trident I, C-4 missile in the spring of 1980.

After certification and loadout the ship got underway in September 1980, for her first Trident (C-4) patrol. Subsequently, the ship completed 13 patrols out of Kings Bay, Georgia. In April 1984 Blue and Gold crews combined and completed patrol 57 in September 1984. The ship transited to Norfolk, Virginia in October 1984 in preparation for refueling overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. The overhaul commenced in January 1985 and was completed in June 1987.

The ship underwent post-overhaul shakedown and DASO at Port Canaveal, Florida, where DANIEL BOONE successfully launched a C-4 test missile on 24 August 1987. In March 1990, USS DANIEL BOONE successfully launched four Trident I C-4 missiles as part of a CINCLANTFLT operational test of the Trident I missile system.

USS DANIEL BOONE is recipient of the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for service from December 1964 through February 1968, the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service from January 1991 through December 1992, the United States Navy League 1992 Ballistic Submarine Outstanding Performance Award, Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN's Battle Efficiency Award winner for 1992, the National Defense Service Medal (two awards for 1964-1974, 1990-1994), as well as the Omaha Trophy winner for 1992 for strategic excellence, the first Navy unit to recieve this award. She faithfully served the United States Submarine Force for thirty years and completed 75 successful deterrent patrols.