USS Billfish (SSN-676)
USS Billfish (SSN-676) early in 1971 (picture taken during first sea trial).
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Billfish (SSN-676)|
|Ordered:||15 July 1966|
|Builder:||The Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut|
|Laid down:||20 September 1968|
|Launched:||1 May 1970|
|Commissioned:||12 March 1971|
|Decommissioned:||1 July 1999|
|Struck:||1 July 1999|
|Motto:||Spirit of 76|
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 26 April 2000|
|Class and type:||Sturgeon-class attack submarine|
|Displacement:||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|
|Speed:||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)|
|Armament:||4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
USS Billfish (SSN-676), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the billfish, a name used for any fish, such as gar or spearfish, with bill-shaped jaws.
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Billfish was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 15 July 1966 and her keel was laid down on 20 September 1968. She was launched on 1 May 1970 sponsored by Mrs. Earle G. Wheeler, the wife of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Earle G. Wheeler (1908–1975), and commissioned on 12 March 1971 with Commander Richard M. Hughes in command.
|This section requires expansion with: history for 1971-1980s. (January 2010)|
Billfish was one of the few submarines fitted to carry Mystic class deep submergence rescue vehicle during the 1980s.
|This section requires expansion with: history for 1980s-1999. (January 2010)|
Decommissioning and disposal
Billfish was decommissioned on 1 July 1999 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 26 April 2000.
- 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 Billfish (SSN-676)
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- USS Billfish SSN 676 (Web site created by former USS Billfish (SSN-676) crew member)
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