|USS Bluefish (SSN-675)|
USS Bluefish (SSN-675) off Puerto Rico on 1 February 1991.
|Ordered:||15 July 1966|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut|
|Laid down:||13 March 1968|
|Launched:||10 January 1970|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. David Packard|
|Commissioned:||8 January 1971|
|Decommissioned:||31 May 1996|
|Struck:||31 May 1996|
|Motto:||Blue Thunder from Down Under!|
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 1 November 2003|
|Class & type:||Sturgeon-class attack submarine|
3,978 long tons (4,042 t) light|
4,270 long tons (4,339 t) full
292 long tons (297 t) dead
|Length:||292 ft 3 in (89.08 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)|
|Installed power:||15,000 shaft horsepower (11.2 megawatts)|
|Propulsion:||One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw|
15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced|
25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) submerged
|Test depth:||1,300 feet (396 meters)|
|Complement:||109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men)|
4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes amidships aft of bow|
• Mark 48 torpedoes
• UUM-44A SUBROC missiles
• UGM-84A/C Harpoon missiles
• Mark 57 deep-water mines
• Mark 60 CAPTOR mines
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Bluefish was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 15 July 1966 and her keel was laid down there on 13 March 1968. She was launched on 10 January 1970, sponsored by Mrs. David Packard, and commissioned on 8 January 1971 with Commander Richard A. Peterson in command.
Bluefish surfaced at the North Pole on 4 May 1975.
Decommissioning and disposal
Bluefish was decommissioned with Commander Richard C. West in command on 31 May 1996 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 1 November 2003.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive Bluefish (SSN-675)
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