Keel laid by the Electric Boat
Division of General Dynamics Co., Groton, CT 15 March 1960.Launched
15 June 1961,sponsored by Mrs. John E. Sloane.Commissioned
10 March 1962 with Capt Charles M. Young (Bue Crew), Cdr
Walter Dedrick ( Gold Crew) in command.
Decommissioned and struck from the Navy List 01 December
Following shakedown training off
the eastern coast of the U.S., USS THOMAS A. EDISON
(SSBN-610) loaded Polaris missiles at Charleston, S.C., and
embarked upon her first deterrent patrol on 7 November 1962.
She concluded that patrol at the base at Holy Loch, Scotland,
whence she operated for the next four years and 17 deterrent
patrols. In September 1966, her official home port was
changed from New London, Connecticut to Charleston, South
Carolina, in preparation for her first major overhaul. She
end her 17th patrol at Charleston on 15 October 1966 and
began her overhaul on the 28th. She completed repairs on 9
May 1968; and, after post-overhaul sea trials and shakedown,
she embarked upon her 18th deterrent patrol on 22 September
1968. Over the next five years, she operated out of New
London and Rota, Spain, from which ports she conducted
another 19 patrols in the Atlantic.
In June of 1973, she was
transferred to the Pacific Fleet, arriving in San Diego on
11 July. After a short period of operations with Submarine
Group 5, she moved to Vallejo on 6 August to begin another
overhaul, this time at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. On 30
November 1974, the fleet ballistic missile submarine
completed repairs and, following shakedown in January and
February of 1975, she transited the Panama Canal again in
March to fire test missiles near Cape Canaveral, Florida.
She concluded that mission in July and retransited the canal
on 8 August. THOMAS A. EDISON carried out operations
along the west coast until December at which time she headed
for her new homeport, Guam and continued to conduct
deterrent patrols from her base in Apra until 1980 when she
was reclassified an SSN. She was decommissioned 30 November
1983 and transferred to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where she
was disposed of through the SRP 1 December 1997.