USS Dace (SSN-607)

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USS Dace (SSN-607)
United States
Name: USS Dace
Namesake: The dace, any of various freshwater fishes
Awarded: 3 March 1959
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 6 June 1960
Launched: 18 August 1962
Sponsored by: Betty Ford
Commissioned: 4 April 1964
Decommissioned: 2 December 1988
Struck: 2 December 1988
Fate: Recycling via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program completed 1 January 1997
General characteristics
Class and type: Permit-class submarine
  • 3,070 tons surfaced,
  • 3,500 tons submerged
Length: 278 ft 5 in (84.86 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m)
Propulsion: S5W reactor
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced
  • greater than 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph) submerged
Test depth: Deeper than 400 feet (120 m)
Complement: 105 officers and men
Sensors and
processing systems:

4 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes

Notes: YUK 27 FC

USS Dace (SSN-607), a Permit-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the dace, any of several small North American fresh-water fishes of the carp family. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi on 3 March 1959 and her keel was laid down on 6 June 1960. She was launched on 18 August 1962, sponsored by Betty Ford, wife of future President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, Jr., and commissioned on 4 April 1964, with Commander John A. Walsh in command.

History from 1964 to 1988 needed.

Dace was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 2 December 1988. Ex-Dace entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington and on 1 January 1997 ceased to exist.

See also[edit]

During portions of the 1960s and 1970s, Dace conducted classified operations in several oceans. Read Blind Man's Bluff (The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage), Sontag and Drew, 1998 for examples of these types of operations and the men who served.