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Benjamin Franklin Class
Quieter Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines
Model featured: SSBN-640 USS Benjamin Franklin circa 1966

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Any Benjamin Franklin Class - custom model
* configured as per your boat and circa *

Scale 1:192 / 27"
Price: $1299

1/3 deposit $433

Scale 1:150 / 34"
Price: $1599

1/3 deposit $533

Scale 1:120 / 43"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

We'll contact you for preferences after you order.

Prices include free world-wide shipping

Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

SSBN-640 USS Benjamin Franklin was the lead ship of her class. Similar to the Lafayette Class, the twelve Benjamin Franklin Class subs (SSBN-640 to SSBN-659) had quieter machinery and were thus considered a separate class.

Two of these submarines (SSBN-642 Kamehameha and SSBN-645 James K Polk) were later converted to SEAL mission capable attack submarines. The 19-month long conversions from ballistic missile submarines to attack/special warfare submarines occurred in the mid 1990s.

The inactivation of the James K Polk in January 1999 leaves the Kamehameha as the Navy's only former ballistic missile submarine equipped with Dry Deck Shelters.

Benjamin Franklin Class specifications

Length

425 feet
Beam   33 feet
Displacement 6,650 tons, 8,250 tons submerged
Power One S5W nuclear reactor
15,000 shp, 1 screw
Speed 20+ knots, submerged 25 knots
Dive depth 1,300+ feet
Complement 13 officers, 130 enlisted men
Missiles 16 launch tubes for Polaris or Poseidon
Torpedoes Four bow tubes with Mk-48 torpedoes

Submarine Pictorial

Benjamin Franklin Class Boats
Submarine Commissioned Decommissioned
SSBN-640 Benjamin Franklin 22 Oct 65 23 Nov 93
SSBN-641 Simon Bolivar 29 Oct 65 24 Feb 95
SSBN-642 Kamehameha - converted to SSN 10 Dec 65 active
SSBN-643 George Bancroft 22 Jan 66 21 Sep 93
SSBN-644 Lewis and Clark 22 Dec 65 01 Aug 92
SSBN-645 James K Polk - converted to SSN 16 Apr 66 08 Jan 99
SSBN-654 George C Marshall 29 Apr 66 24 Sep 92
SSBN-655 Henry L Stimson 20 Aug 66 05 May 93
SSBN-656 George Washington Carver 15 Jun 66 18 Mar 93
SSBN-657 Francis Scott Key 03 Dec 66 02 Sep 93
SSBN-658 Mariano G Vallejo 16 Dec 65 09 Mar 95
SSBN-659 Will Rogers 01 Apr 67 12 Apr 93

Museum quality display models of American USN fleet ballistic missile (FBM) submarines custom built and hand crafted from mahogany wood.
Every sub model is meticulously researched in the initial construction phase to fit your chosen circa and lovingly handcrafted to become a timeless work of art.
The full line of SSBN missile submarines includes George Washington class, Ethan Allen class, Lafayette class, Benjamin Franklin class, and Ohio class. We have plans for all.

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