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Patch on left contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (ret.), other patches contributed by Mike Smolinski

Trout (SS-566)

Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - Mike - Zulu

Tang Class Submarine: Laid down, 1 December 1949, at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 21 August 1951; Commissioned, USS Trout (SS-566), 27 June 1952, at Sub Base New London, CT.; Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to Iran, 19 December 1978, renamed Kousseh; Abandoned by her Iranian crew at New London in March 1979 following the Iranian revolution; Returned to US Navy custody in 1992; Final Disposition, used as an experimental ship in 1994 and a target sub at NAWCAD Key West. Scrapped at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Texas. Scrapping was completed 27 February 2009.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 2,100 t., Submerged: 2,700 t.; Length 287'; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 19'; Speed, Surfaced 20 kts, Submerged 18 kts; Complement 8 Officers 75 Enlisted; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes forward & 2-19 torpedo tubes aft for Mk 37 torpedoes, eight MK-49/57 mines; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Fairbanks-Morse Type 3 diesel engines, HP 4500, two electric motors, HP 5600, 2 shafts/propellers .
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Trout 119k The Trout (SS-566) slides down the launching ways at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Co., Groton, CT., 21 August 1951. Photo courtesy of All Hands Magazine , November 1951 & submitted by Stanley Svec.
Trout 49k The newly completed Trout (SS-566) shows her GUPPY-like sail (the raised forward part helped to protect the periscopes when they were raised at speed). The open bridge was soon raised to the level of the top of the sail and the raised portion cut down.
The sonar dome on deck covers a QHB-1 transducer. A retractable keel dome covered another QHB-1 transducer and a QXB-1 "sonarmic" passive torpedo-detection set. Abaft the deck dome is the trainable array of the JT passive attack sonar.
Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Since 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman & James L. Christley. Naval Institute Press.
Submarine Squadron TEN 263k December 1953 photo of four boats, among them the Cobia (SS-245), outboard, unidentified boat, the Trout (SS-566) and another unidentified boat tied up alongside the submarine tender Fulton (AS-11) during her role as the tender for Submarine Squadron TEN at New London, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of All Hands Magazine & submitted by Ric Hedman TN(SS). Text courtesy of cshore.com.
Trout 80k Trout (SS-566), underway circa 1955. US Navy photo courtesy of Stanley Svec.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Trout 47k Trout (SS-566), port side view, 1956. Courtesy of usstroutss566.com.
Groton 226k Busy piers at lower base in Groton shows a few SSKs, 1957.
From left to right, unidentifed sub,
Toro (SS-422),
Irex (SS-482),
unidentified sub,
Trout (SS-566),
Bergall (SS-320),
Sea Owl (SS-405),
Cavalla (SS-244),
& Sea Robin (SS-407), & Piper (SS-409).
The rest of the subs are too far away for positive identification.
Text courtesy of Dave Johnston. Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Brood. USN photo courtesy of Submarine Force Library, courtesy of Ken Hart.
Trout 145k Film & swim star Esther Williams (R) in sophisticated pose as she interviews Capt. Maurice Rindskopf aboard Navy submarine Trout (SS-566), for segment in NBC TV series "Omnibus" in November 1958 at New London, CT. Photo courtesy of time.com. via Life.
Trout 778k Surfaced Trout (SS-566). U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Trout 32k In 1960, LCDR.William James Crowe received his first command: the Navy's newest diesel submarine, the Trout (SS-566), based in Charleston, South Carolina. Promoted to commander in 1962, he was selected that year as one of the Navy's first candidates for a doctorate in the social sciences. Even the possibility of joining the prestigious nuclear submarine program did not dissuade him from his decision to pursue graduate studies. Crowe received a master's and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University. U.S Navy photo from the United States Naval Academy, Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen Biography,courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Trout 893k Trout (SS-566) 5 July 1961. USN photo # NPC KN 2708, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 394k Trout (SS-566), moored in Key West, FL. US Navy photo courtesy of Bob Hall.
Trout 24k Trout (SS-566), port side view, 1962-64. Courtesy of L. Waters QM3(SS) 1962-64.
Harder & Trout 118k Harder (SS-568) & Trout (SS-566) taken in 1965 through 8B periscope of Redfin (SS-272) by John Hummel at the sub piers in Charleston SC, home of Submarine Squadron 4. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Trout 712k The Trout (SS-566) at Genoa Italy, 31 December 1967.
Trout made three Mediterranean deployments as a unit of the 6th Fleet. Between deployments, she participated in training and developmental exercises off the east coast and in the Caribbean.
Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Trout 642k The Trout (SS-566) dockside at Genoa Italy, 31 December 1967. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martelli.
Trout 186k Cachet on the occasion of Trout (SS-566) undergoing overhaul at Norfolk, 1968. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 893k Trout (SS-566) trails. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 70k Trout (SS-566) underway, circa 1969. USN photo courtesy of ssn583.com.
Trout 390k Five page COC PDF on the Trout (SS-566), 15 July 1972. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trout 721k Eight page Welcome Aboard PDF on the Trout (SS-566), circa 1972. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Trout & Gudgeon 84k The Trout (SS-566), left and the Gudgeon (SS-567) right are in dry dock #4 at Mare Island in Feb 1973. Both boats were in dock from 22 Feb until 3 October 1973. Gudgeon was in overhaul from 22 Feb until 21 Dec 1973 and Trout from 22 Feb 1973 until 28 Jan 1974. Photo from the 9 Mar 1973 edition of Mare Island's newspaper "Grapevine". Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo50kWahoo (SS-565), Trout (SS-566) & Albacore (AGSS-569) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trout has been overhauled for Iran. Wahoo had not, and wasn't overhauled due to the revolution in Iran in 1979. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Trout 2.17k Fifty one page decommissioning PDF on the Trout (SS-566). Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Trout 71k A standard early postwar sonar space is shown on Trout (SS-566) at the Phila. Naval Shipyard, 1993. With the elimination of the conning tower, the eyepieces of the periscopes were brought down into the former control room, which was split into a diving station (to port, with ballast and plane controls) and an attack center (to starboard) with a raised periscope stand between them.
The sonar space (shown here) was in the forward battery compartment. As you stepped into the forward battery compartment from the control room, the radio shack was on the starboard side and then the sonar shack. On the port side was the goat locker.
Text i.d. courtesy of Allen (Ben) Beaton, STS2.
Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Since 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman & James L. Christley. Naval Institute Press.
Trout 880k The Edward E. McDonnell (FF-1043) with Trout (SS-566) in 1995 at the Naval Base Philadelphia-Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Reserve Basin & Marine Railway, League Island. Photo # LOC 359947 pu courtesy of Stephen Gower.
Photo added 03/15/13.
Trout 608k At Philadelphia, the Trout (SS-566) in 2006. Courtesy of William Meredith.
Trout 38k Trout (SS-566) under tow in Philadelphia, 2007. Photo courtesy of Mike Wheeler via Jack Treutle.
Trout 242k Recycling of Trout (SS-566) at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Texas. Scrapping was completed 27 February 2009. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Trout 297k Tubes # 7 & 8 of the Trout (SS-566) at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Texas. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Trout 260k Trout (SS-566) torn apart at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Texas. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Trout 323k Trout (SS-566) torn apart at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, Texas. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.

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