USS Bergall (SSN-667)

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USS Bergall (SSN-667), possibly while on sea trials off New England in 1968-1969.
Name: USS Bergall (SSN-667)
Namesake: The bergall, a small fish found along the Atlantic coast of North America
Ordered: 9 March 1965
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 16 April 1966
Launched: 17 February 1968
Sponsored by: Mrs. Ray C. Needham
Commissioned: 13 June 1969
Decommissioned: 6 June 1996
Struck: 6 June 1997
Motto: Invisible, Invulnerable, Invincible
Fate: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 29 September 1997
General characteristics
Class and type: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
Displacement: 4,007 long tons (4,071 t) light
4,301 long tons (4,370 t) full
294 long tons (299 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 Bergall (SSN-667), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the bergall, a small fish found along the Atlantic coast of North America from the Chesapeake Bay to Labrador.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Bergall is launched at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Connecticut, on 17 February 1968.

The contract to build Bergall was awarded to General Dynamics Electric Boat on 9 March 1965 and her keel was laid down on 16 April 1966. She was launched on 17 February 1968, sponsored by Mrs. Ray C. Needham, and commissioned on 13 June 1969 with Commander Billy F. Tally in command.

Service history[edit]


1983 Deployed on North Atlantic Patrol for 3 months.

1983 Upon return to Norfolk, VA, SUBRON 6, she immediately resupplied then got underway for a second North Atlantic Patrol taking the billet left vacant by another sub, unable to leave the pier due to engineering difficulties.

Summer 1984 Compliment of ships divers is made ready with qualification of crew members Matthew Cronley MM1SSDV, Curt Escher RM2SSDV and David Finch ET2SSDV.

October 1984 CDR Steven V. Mladineo turns over command to CDR Stephen Gibbs.

January 1985 Deployed for the North Atlantic then after refit at Holy Loch, Scotland sailed for the Mediterranean where she performed several patrols in support of 6th fleet operations.

April 1985 Refit Sardinia, Italy then returned to operations in support of the 6th fleet.

June 1985 Bergall returned home to SUBRON 6 Norfolk, VA after 6 months away.

Collision with USS Kittiwake (ASR-13), 1984[edit]

On 23 April 1984, the submarine rescue vessel USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) collided with Bergall at Norfolk, Virginia, while Bergall was moored to the pier aft of Kittiwake. Kittiwake was getting underway for the first time since she had undergone maintenance, during which her main drive motor was re-wired improperly, causing it and the screw it drove to rotate in the opposite direction from that ordered by personnel on Kittiwake‍ '​s bridge. This was unknown to Kittiwake‍ '​s bridge personnel, who found that Kittiwake started to drift aft when they were expecting her to move forward. Noting the backward motion, they ordered an increase in the motor drive speed in order to correct it and get Kittiwake moving forward, but unwittingly caused Kittiwake to move further aft and at a higher speed. Still not realizing that Kittiwake‍ '​s main drive motor operating in reverse of what they expected, Kittiwake‍ '​s bridge personnel then ordered another increase in Kittiwake‍ '​s forward speed, which only served to increase her speed astern. This continued until Kittiwake‍ '​s stern backed into Bergall‍ '​s sonar dome.


Decommissioning and disposal[edit]

Bergall was decommissioned on 6 June 1996 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 June 1997. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 29 September 1997.


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