USS Hammerhead (SSN-663)
USS Hammerhead (SSN-663)
|Name:||USS Hammerhead (SSN-663)|
|Namesake:||The hammerhead shark|
|Ordered:||28 May 1964|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia|
|Laid down:||29 November 1965|
|Launched:||14 April 1967|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. O. Clark Fisher|
|Commissioned:||28 June 1968|
|Decommissioned:||5 April 1995|
|Struck:||5 April 1995|
|Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for U.S. Atlantic Fleet 1981|
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 22 November 1995|
|Class & type:||Sturgeon-class attack submarine|
|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 megawatts)|
|Propulsion:||One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw|
|Test depth:||1,300 ft (396 m)|
|Complement:||109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men|
USS Hammerhead (SSN-663), a Sturgeon-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the hammerhead shark, a voracious fish found in warm seas, with a curious hammerlike head.
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Hammerhead was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company at Newport News, Virginia, on 28 May 1964 and her keel was laid down there on 29 November 1965. She was launched on 14 April 1967, sponsored by Mrs. O. Clark Fisher, and commissioned on 28 June 1968 with Commander E. Frederick Murphy, Jr., in command.
|This section requires expansion with: history from 1968 to 1981. (January 2010)|
In 1981, she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
|This section requires expansion with: history from 1981 to the late 1980s. (January 2010)|
Tom Clancy, author of the 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October, was given a brief ride into port aboard Hammerhead in the late 1980s prior to the filming of the 1990 film adaptation of the novel, also entitled The Hunt for Red October. After spotting a mounted roll of toilet paper in Hammerhead's sonar room used for wiping grease pencil markings off the screens in the rooms, he proclaimed his intention to write the contrasting image of the low-technology toilet paper mount among all of the complicated electronics and other equipment aboard Hammerhead into the film. True to his word, he did.
|This section requires expansion with: history from the late 1980s to 1995. (January 2010)|
Decommissioning and disposal
Hammerhead, under the command of Commander Forest Novachek, was decommissioned on 5 April 1995 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 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 22 November 1995.
- 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 Hammerhead (SSN-663)
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