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Collection Title:  USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) Memorabilia 
Creator:  Department of the Navy
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Abstract:  USS Richard B. Russell (SSN 687), the thirty-seventh and final Sturgeon class nuclear attack submarine to be built, had its keel laid at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia on October 19, 1971. The ship was christened Richard B. Russell (SSN 687) on January 12, 1974 by Elizabeth Talmadge and Herman Talmadge was the speaker at the launching ceremony. During its eighteen years of service USS Richard B. Russell was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, seven Navy Unit Commendations, and seven Battle Efficiency “E” awards. On June 24, 1994 the ship was decommissioned. This collection includes several flags, one model of the USS Russell, a scrapbook, stickers and patches, and inactivation ceremony programs.