USS Puffer (SSN-652)
USS Puffer (SSN-652) on her way to Guam in 1994.
|Name:||USS Puffer (SSN-652)|
|Ordered:||26 March 1963|
|Builder:||Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi|
|Laid down:||8 February 1965|
|Launched:||30 March 1968|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. John B. Colwell|
|Commissioned:||9 August 1969|
|Decommissioned:||12 July 1996|
|Struck:||12 July 1996|
|Motto:||Pride in Perfection|
|Fate:||Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 28 March 1997|
|Class and type:||Sturgeon-class attack submarine|
|Length:||292 ft (89 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draft:||29 ft (8.8 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:||109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men|
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Puffer was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 26 March 1963 and her keel was laid down there on 8 February 1965. She was launched on 30 March 1968, sponsored by Mrs. John B. Colwell, and commissioned on 9 August 1969 with Commander John M. Will, Jr., in command.
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On May 22, 1978 a valve was mistakenly opened releasing up to 500 US gallons (1,900 l; 420 imp gal) of radioactive water in the Puget Sound.
Prior to the filming of The Hunt for Red October Sean Connery was on board preparing for his role as Capt. Marko Ramius. He was given the status of a commander and was allowed (while the captain was next to him) give orders while the boat was underway.(Ref. IMDB.com)
Decommissioning and disposal
Puffer was decommissioned on 12 July 1996 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 at Bremerton, Washington, began on 20 October 1996 and was completed on 28 March 1997.
- 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 Puffer (SSN-652)
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- USS Puffer (SSN-652) Inactivation Ceremony Program
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