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During the Jimmy K.’s  illustrious 33 year career she was home to many submariners. Her missions were diverse and ever-changing over her many years of service. Her young crews, from the first sea trials to her final cruise, continually brought merit upon the ship, the fleet, and the nation they served.

Named after the 11th President of The United States the USS James K. Polk was commissioned as SSBN 645 on April 16, 1966 as one of the 41 for Freedom boomers. She finished her long and colorful career as a SPECOPS boat having undergone a conversion and recommissioning as SSN 645 in the early 1990s. She was as the next to the last of the original 41 for Freedom boomers to be removed from service. You can read more of her service in the Ship’s History section.

The USS James K. Polk Veterans Association is a chartered and incorporated non-profit 501(c) (19) organization organized exclusively and specifically for the pleasure, recreation, and fellowship of the men who served aboard the United States submarine USS James K. Polk (SSBN/SSN 645) and their families.