USS George Washington (SSBN 598)

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The goal of this project is to document the stories of the men who served on the submarine USS George Washington (SSBN 598) from 1958 to 1985.

Right now this project has two members: Gary Becker, who served at E-Division Officer and RCA from May 1983 to January 1985, and Gary Christopher, who served on the USS Lafayette (SSBN 616) from April 1979 until June 1982.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Locating and linking profiles of men who served
  • Gathering stories of those who are still alive
  • Gathering the obituaries of those who have passed away

Did you or a family member serve on the USS George Washington? Please post a message and link their profile to this page. If you have any photos or memories to convey, please do!

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!


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Hello, Gary.

I served as an engineering division officer (E Div, RCA) aboard USS George Washington from May 1983 until decommissioning the boat in January 1985, and that's where I earned my dolphins. During my time aboard, we participated in the UNITAS joint exercises from about June to October 1983, which involved a trip entirely around South America, including a transit through the Panama Canal and the Strait of Magellan. As I recall, we made port calls in Willemstad, Curacao; Cartagena, Colombia; Rodman, Panama; Manta, Ecuador; Callao/Lima, Peru; Valparaiso, Chile; Talcahuano/Concepcion, Chile; and Punta del Este/Montevideo, Uruguay. I was fortunate to spend almost two weeks as a liaison officer aboard the ARC Pijao (S-28), a Colombian Navy Type 209 diesel submarine built in Germany.

Subsequent to UNITAS, we participated in a variety of exercises in the Atlantic, generally acting as a target for surface ships, P-3s and other submarines. In about May/June 1984, we again transited the Panama Canal to bring the boat from Groton to the Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington for decommissioning, which required drydocking, removing all the reactor fuel, cutting out the missile compartment, rewelding the remaining fore and aft sections together, and refloating the boat. After decommissioning, I was transferred to the USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) Gold Crew.

If I can assist you in this project, I am happy to help.

Gary Becker

posted by Gary Becker
edited by Gary Becker
In order to add you to the project I need your email address. Send via private message.
posted by Gary Christopher
I have added you as a project manager for the GW and the GWC.
posted by Gary Christopher