USS LAFAYETTE Quarterdeck

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They weren't just hull numbers, they were our home addresses.
Now they are gone...all that is left is memories... ~ Dick Murphy, USS Tiru (SS 416)

 

Welcome aboard, shipmate!

This is your place, the USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN 616). The boat has been recycled, but she will never be forgotten. She pulled her weight and more, helping bring an end to the Cold War, and brought us home from every mission. It is for that, and a thousand other reasons, that we honor her memory.

This is a place to remember the boat, the exotic ports, the never-ending missions, and most of all, the iron men of the USS ASPRO.

 

Is this your first time aboard the USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN 616) on the coldwarboats.org website?

If so, there are a few things you need to know.

First, you're dink. Get hot, get qualified, and don't expect to see sunshine until you pin your dolphins on. Sound familiar? Well, I'm not your sea-daddy, but there really are a few things you need to know.

One, you need to REGISTER - that tells us who you are, how you are connected with Cold War submariens, and a gives us a way to contact you. We have a routine newsletter that goes out once or twice a month, so make sure you are signed up for it when you go through the registration process. We in the submarine community are pretty fussy about posers and pretenders, submarine life being a pretty good filter for those sorts of things, so we ask you use your real name and contact information. If we decide you're not being straight up with us, your access will disappear faster than a water slug.

 

When you are ready, lets take a quick tour. Face forward, grab this handle, and walk down the ladder facing forward, not aft, and you'll find it easier to drop into the boat.

Sound familiar? Think back to your first trip down the ladder into your first boat. Definitely a new experience, and not unlike your first visit into this website.

Navigating the site is a bit easier than your first time on board, but feel free to take off and explore at any time. Nothing will bite you, and you're unlikely to break anything, so let's get on with it.

On the QUARTERDECK, you'll find the VISITOR'S LOG, a guestbook where you can comment on the site.  Always check the P.O.D. for site information, current Association news, activities, reunion plans, and other items of general interest. You'll also be able to access recent FAMILYGRAMS, which are mailed to registered users periodically, and far more reliably than those we dreamed of receiving back on the boat.

 
Cold War Boats Association needs your help!

PHOTOGRAPHS: We need photos of your boat and crew. Photos of the boat specifically, in port or at sea, inside or out, with or without crew members. 

Images should be: 

    • Original (you took the photo, or public domain)
    • Digital - if prints or slides, contact the Ship's Photographer - we will scan them and return them unharmed, and pay for shipping both ways.
    • High resolution - 2000 x 1100 minimum for slideshows
    • Uncorrected - we will color-correct and eliminate dust and scratches using our photo editors.

SITE LEADS: No experience necessary - you are not responsible for the website template and coding, no knowledge of computer programming required.

Responsibilities include:

    • Managing content - articles, photo galleries, soliciting and uploading sea stories, etc.
    • Registering shipmates, vetting registrations, locating missing shipmates
    • Posting reunion information
    • Preparing your ship's newsletter

Please contact the Chief Archivist at chiefarchivist@coldwarboats.org if you have photographs to submit or the Fleet Detailer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to learn more about the responsibilities of the Site Lead for your specific boat.

 

 

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