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|Awarded:||22 July 1960|
|Laid down:||17 January 1961|
|Launched:||8 May 1962|
|Commissioned:||23 April 1963|
|Stricken:||12 August 1991|
|Displacement:||6650 tons light, 7250 tons standard, 8250 tons submerged|
|Power Plant:||S5W reactor|
|Speed:||16-20 knots surfaced, 22-25 knots submerged|
|Complement:||two crews of 13 officers and 130 men each|
|Armament:||16 Polaris missiles or Poseidon missiles, four 21-inch torpedo tubes|
After a shakedown in the Caribbean Sea, Lafayette loaded missiles at Charleston, South Carolina, and during June sailed to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for ballistic missile maneuvers. Four missiles were fired, two by each crew, after which the nuclear submarine steamed to Groton, Connecticut, arriving there 2 August. For the rest of the year her two crews alternately took her through a series of exercises before she took her place in the Navy's expanding Polaris Fleet.
Lafayette departed Charleston 4 January 1964 for her first deterrent patrol in the Atlantic. During the next four years, Lafayette made 16 deterrent patrols out of Rota, Spain. Her 15th patrol, the 400th of the Polaris submarine fleet, won Lafayette special commendation from Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze. She returned to Charleston from her 16th patrol on 23 August 1967. A week later, she arrived Newport News, Virginia, for a major overhaul by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company to prepare for future service. On 28 December 1968, Lafayette's overhaul officially ended and in January 1969, she once again took up her position with the fleet.
See USS Lafayette for other ships of the same name.