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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Sturgeon Class Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
    Keel Laid 19 October 1971 - Launched 12 January 1974

    Commissioned 16 August 1975 - Deactivated 2 July 1993
    Decommissioned 24 June 1994

    Struck from Naval Register June 24 1994
    Disposed of through NPSSRP October 31 2002

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Richard B. Russell SSN-687 Covers Page 1     (1974-1994)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
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Cover Image


Pictorial Postmark

Richard B. Russell

Mare Island, CA


Decommissioning. Cachet by Robert D. Rawlins, sponsored by the USS Saginaw Chapter No. 59, USCS.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Richard B. Russell (November 2 1897 - January 21 1971)
Russell graduated from Gordon Institute in Barnesville, Ga., in 1915 and received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Georgia in 1918. He served in the enlisted ranks of the United States Naval Reserve Forces in 1918 and, in 1919, set up law practice in Winder. Prior to entering the United States Senate in 1933, Russell served as county attorney for Georgia’s Barrow County, as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, its Speaker, and finally, he was Governor of Georgia from 1931 to 1933. Russell served in the United States Senate from 1933 to 1971. He received an LL.D. from Mercer University in 1957. During the 91st Congress, he was president pro tempore of the Senate, a member and former chairman of the Armed Services Committee, a member of the Space and Aeronautics Sciences Committee and of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. He was also a member of the commission which investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While still in office, Senator Russell died January 21 1971 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

USS RICHARD B. RUSSELL earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ one silver star, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Battle Efficiency Award Ribbon (7 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Herman E. Talmadge, wife of Herman E. Talmadge (1913–2002), U.S. Senator from Georgia (1957–1981).



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