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USS Gurnard (SSN-662)
USS Gurnard (SSN-662)
USS Gurnard (SSN-662) departing San Diego, California, on 1 February 1991.
Name: USS Gurnard (SSN-662)
Namesake: The gurnard, a food fish of the genus Trigla, a part of the sea robin family
Ordered: 24 October 1963
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California
Laid down: 22 December 1964
Launched: 20 May 1967
Sponsored by: Mrs. George P. Miller
Commissioned: 6 December 1968
Decommissioned: 28 April 1995
Struck: 28 April 1995
Motto: De Profundis
("From The Depths")
Fate: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 15 October 1997
General characteristics
Class & type: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
Displacement: 4,010 long tons (4,074 t) light
4,309 long tons (4,378 t) full
299 long tons (304 t) dead
Length: 292 ft (89 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Installed power: 15,000 shaft horsepower (11.2 megawatts)
Propulsion: One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw
Speed: Over 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Test depth: 1,300 feet (396 meters)
Complement: 109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men)
Armament: 4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Gurnard (SSN-662), a Sturgeon-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the gurnard, a food fish of the genus Trigla and part of the sea robin family.

Construction and commissioning[]

The contract to build Gurnard was awarded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, California, on 24 October 1963, and her keel was laid down there on 22 December 1964. She was launched on 20 May 1967, sponsored by Mrs. George P. Miller, and commissioned on 6 December 1968 with Commander William S. Cole, Jr., in command.

Service history[]

Gurnard operated in the Arctic Ocean under the polar ice cap from September to November 1984 in company with one of her sister ships, the attack submarine USS Pintado (SSN-672). On 12 November 1984 Gurnard and Pintado became the third pair of submarines to surface together at the North Pole.

Decommissioning and disposal[]

Gurnard was decommissioned on 28 April 1995 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 15 October 1997.


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