Bow view of the Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), probably during her shakedown trials off the Virginia coast, circa 1974.
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|Awarded:||25 July 1969|
|Laid down:||19 October 1971|
|Launched:||12 January 1974|
|Commissioned:||16 August 1975|
|Stricken:||24 June 1994|
|Length:||90.8 m (298 ft)|
|Beam:||31 feet 8 inches|
|Complement:||14 officers, 112 men|
|Armament:||4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes, SUBROC|
In August 1977, Russell was fitted with a large housing attached to the hull just aft of the sail, containing a tethered antenna buoy that was under development. (Later submarine classes would have such housing built into the hull fairing.) The housing gave the boat a unique profile and became known as the "Russell Bustle."
In 1980 she completed a five month Med Run. In 1981 she completed a Northern Run, for which the boat earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation. In 1982 she went through the Panama Canal to Mare Island for an extended overhaul. During her time there it was decided that she would become a special projects boat. After a short period of operations following overhaul, she underwent extensive ocean engineering modifications prior to commencing operations as a unit of Submarine Development Group 1. The ship received Navy Unit Commendation awards for several operations.
Richard B. Russell was placed in reserve, while still in commission, on 1 July 1993. She was both decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 24 June 1994, and stored in Bremerton, Washington, until 1 October 2001, when she entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. On 19 September 2002, she ceased to exist.