USS Queenfish (SSN-651)
USS Queenfish (SSN-651) at the North Pole on 6 August 1970.
|Name:||USS Queenfish (SSN-651)|
|Ordered:||26 March 1963|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia|
|Laid down:||11 May 1964|
|Launched:||25 February 1966|
|Sponsored by:||The Honorable Julia Butler Hansen (1907-1988)|
|Commissioned:||6 December 1966|
|Decommissioned:||14 April 1992|
|Struck:||14 April 1992|
|Motto:||La Reine de la Mer
(French for "Queen of the Sea")
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program begun 1 May 1992, completed 7 April 1993|
|Class & type:||Sturgeon-class submarine|
|Displacement:||4,060 long tons (4,125 t) light|
|Length:||292 ft (89 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft (7.6 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:||105 (14 officers, 99 enlisted men|
|Armament:||4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
• UUM-44A SUBROC missiles
USS Queenfish (SSN-651), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the queenfish, a small food fish found off the Pacific coast of North America.
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Queenfish was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 26 March 1963 and her keel was laid down there on 11 May 1964. She was launched on 25 February 1966, sponsored by the Honorable Julia Butler Hansen (1907–1988), U.S. Representative from Washington's 3rd Congressional District (1960–1974), and commissioned on 6 December 1966 with Commander Jackson B. Richard in command.
|This section requires expansion with: History for 1966-1970. (January 2010)|
In 1970, Queenfish operated below the polar ice pack in the Arctic, mapping the Arctic Ocean's surface for potential military purposes in the event of a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.
|This section requires expansion with: History for 1970-1991. (January 2010)|
Decommissioning and disposal
Queenfish was decommissioned on 8 November 1991 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 14 April 1992. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Washington, began on 1 May 1992 and was completed on 7 April 1993.
- WILLIAM J. BROAD (18 March 2008). "Queenfish: A Cold War Tale". New York Times.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- 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 Queenfish (SSN-651)
- "Unknown Waters" by Captain Alfred S. McLaren
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