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Albacore (AGSS-569)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Mike - Juliet

Albacore Class Submarine: Laid down, 15 March 1952, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH; Launched, 1 August 1953; Commissioned, USS Albacore (AGSS-569), 6 December 1953; Decommissioned, 9 December 1972; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1980; Final Disposition, dedicated as a memorial in 1985 at Portsmouth, NH.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,242 t., Submerged: 1,837 t.; Length 203' 10"; Beam 27' 4"; Draft 18' 7"; Speed, Surfaced 25 kts, Submerged 20+ kts; Complement 36; Armament, none; Propulsion, diesel-electric, single screw.
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Albacore 573k Albacore (AGSS-569) SUBMARINE DRAG TESTS IN THE FULL-SCALE WIND TUNNEL. - NASA Langley Research Center, Full-Scale Wind Tunnel, 224 Hunting Avenue, Hampton, Hampton, VA. Digital Source: Photocopy of photograph (original in the Langley Research Center Archives, Hampton, VA [LaRC]) (L64792) from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Albacore 361k (Original Caption) A one-fifth scale model of the Albacore (AGSS-569), believed to be the world's fastest submarine, is approached by a technician during wind tunnel tests at Langley Field. Scientists of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics are conducting the tests for the U.S. Navy to improve the operational qualities of the hull shape. The Navy has announced that the Albacore's shape has been selected for future atomic and conventional-powered subs. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Albacore 447k The Albacore (AGSS-569) slides down the launching ways at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH., 1 August 1953. National Archives photo 80-G-634686 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 38k Albacore (AGSS-569) being commissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH., 5 December 1953. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Albacore 51k Commissioning of the Albacore (AGSS-569) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH., 5 December 1953. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Albacore 839k The Albacore (AGSS-569) shortly after her commissioning. She still has her bow diving planes and stern appears to be off her original configuration (Propeller was surrounded by the rudder and stern plane control surfaces). I'm sure this is a National Archives photo. National Archives photo # 80-G-6XXXXX courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 542k Albacore (AGSS-569) at sea, 2 March 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6931409
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Photo added 07/28/17.
Albacore 409k Broadside view of the Albacore (AGSS-569) at sea, 2 March 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6931408
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Photo added 07/28/17.
Albacore 597k 2 photo PDF of Albacore (AGSS-569) showing antenna arrangements, March 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6931416
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PDF added 07/28/17.
Albacore 135k A colorized Offical USN photograph from Nabisco's Defenders of America Series of 1959. The cards were in packages of Nabisco Shredded Wheat from the National Biscuit Company of New York, N.Y.
The Albacore (AGSS-569) underway off the Isle of Shoals, 5 April 1954.
USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Albacore 236k Vertical view of the Albacore (AGSS-569) underway off the Isle of Shoals, 5 April 1954. National Archives Identifier: 6931415
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Photo added 07/28/17.
Albacore 1.34k 4 photo PDF mock up of Albacore (AGSS-569) auxiliary machinery spaces. National Archives Identifier: 6931420
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PDF added 07/28/17.
Albacore 575k Looking aft from the conning tower of the Albacore (AGSS-569). The fish-shaped body and blimplike tail leaves a narrow trail of foamy wake as the submarine knifes through the water off the Florida Keys. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, National Archives photo # 80-G-683398 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 625k Crewmen operate the manifold in the engine-room of the Albacore (AGSS-569), The Navy's high-speed experimental submarine. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, National Archives photo # 80-G-683399 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 625k Crewmen of the Albacore (AGSS-569) man the airplane-type controls of the Navy's experimental submarine. Besides these radical type controls, the submarine also has safety seat belts for the operators and hanging leather straps, similar to those on subways, which are necessary because of the sharp maneuverability. Note: White area on the right side top edge is likely covering the depth gauge. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, National Archives photo # 80-G-683404 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 137k A view of the Albacore (AGSS-569) submarine in December 1955 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. The submarine Sailfish (SSR-572) is under construction in the background. The Destroyer Escort Peterson (DE-152) is moored dockside behind the Albacore. Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of Life.
Albacore 228k (Original Caption) Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Albacore (AGSS-569) Off For Test Runs. Two sailors wave as the U.S. Navy's new model submarine, the Albacore, shoves off for the Isle of Shoals to make test sites and underwater speed runs. The submarine according to reports, is the world's fastest--so fast that she has to be guided by airplane controls. Jutting out of her back is a slender conning retractable periscope, radar and radio antennas. The fish-shaped body, about 70 yards long, is revolutionary in design and holds superstructure to a minimum, doing away with the flat deck customary to subs. The Albacore has a blimp like tail and a single five bladed propeller where conventional subs are built with twin screws. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Albacore 401k (Original Caption) Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Lt. Commander Jon L. Boyes, second from right, Captain of the Navy's new model submarine, the Albacore (AGSS-569), is shown giving orders during diving tests off the Isle of Shoals. The boat was taken down 350 feet during the test and was clocked upwards of 20 knots submerged. From left in the nerve center of the sub are: ET2 Richard E. Meagher; ET3 Theodore C. Clarke; Lt. Commander Boyes and Lt. Jack D. Venable, the Operations Officer. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Albacore 347k (Original Caption) The Control Center of the submarine Albacore (AGSS-569), is shown here. Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Albacore 559k The Albacore (AGSS-569) and Navy Blimp XL-3 in the Key West area on 27 October 1955. National Archives photo # 80-G-683395 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 605k An officer looks through the periscope in Albacore's (AGSS-569) control room, 27 October 1955. This photograph was released by the Department of Defense on 12 December 1955 as part of a press release announcing the use of the Albacore hull design for the new SSN-585 (Skipjack) class of nuclear-powered submarines. National Archives photo # 80-G-683397 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 1.40k Starboard view of the Albacore (AGSS-569), at sea, date unknown. Courtesy of chinfo.navy.mil.
Albacore 104k Men operating the Albacore (AGSS-569) submarine. Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of Life.
Albacore 114k Men operating the Albacore (AGSS-569) submarine. Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of Life.
Albacore 177k A view of the Albacore (AGSS-569) submarine. Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of Life.
Albacore 70k Supervisory Naval Architect Morton Gertler directs Instrument Maker Carson W. Caudle in preparing a model of the submarine for further tests at the David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, Maryland, 1 March 1956. "This new type of submarine hull design was selected from a systematic series of streamlined bodies developed by Mr. Gertler, who also supervised the thorough development testing program that resulted in the hull and appendages as they now exist on the submarine Albacore (AGSS-569)." (quoted from the original picture caption). Official USN photo USNHC # NH 97665, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Zech 388k VADM Lando William Zech, Jr. was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941. At Annapolis, he played varsity baseball and basketball. In his senior year, he captained the baseball team. Admiral Zech served 39 years in the Navy after his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1944 with the World War II Class of 1945. His first assignment was to the destroyer John D. Henley (DD-553) in the western Pacific where he participated in the second battle for the Philippines, the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and on picket station duty off the coast of Japan during the last days of the war. After the war and a second destroyer tour on the Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), Admiral Zech volunteered for submarine duty and subsequently commanded four submarines, Sea Robin (SS-407) [January 1956 to November 1956], Albacore (AGSS-569) [15 January 1957 to 15 January 1958], and after nuclear power training, Nautilus (SSN-571) [22 June 1959 to 20 April 1962] and John Adams (SSBN-620) [12 May 1964 to 2 March 1965]. He later commanded the guided missile cruiser Springfield (CLG-7) [12 July 1968 to 9 February 1970]. Upon his selection to flag rank, he served as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District in Seattle, WA, the Chief of Naval Technical Training in Memphis, TN and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan in Yokosuka. After his selection to Vice Admiral he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training and Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy in 1983. USN photo & text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Albacore 71k Albacore (AGSS-569) underway off Newport, Rhode Island, 11 March 1957. Official USN photo USNHC # 80-G-K-22262, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Albacore 913k The Albacore (AGSS-569) Flies Under Water, Sperry ad 1957. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Albacore 673k 2 photo PDF of March 1955 Collier's photos of Albacore (AGSS-569) entering or leaving port. These two photos may appear in the 1 April 1955 issue of Collier's (I don't have a copy of the magazine). Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Albacore 124k Albacore (AGSS-569) at sea, 3 August 1960. Official USN photo USNHC # HN 97663, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Albacore 194k Albacore (AGSS-569) view showing the "X" configuration tail planes fitted in 1960-61. This photograph was received by "All Hands" magazine on 26 March 1965. Official USN photo USNHC # HN 97664, now in the collections of the National Archives.
569 260k Four page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Albacore (AGSS-569), circa 1967. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Albacore 333k Albacore (AGSS-569) orange with envy alongside Atule (SS-403). USN photo courtesy of subasepearl.com.
Albacore 100k Front cover of the Decommissioning program of the Albacore (AGSS-569), 1 September 1972. From the collection of Edmund H. Cokely, CWO2, USN retired, courtesy of John Dupre'.
Albacore 388k Albacore (AGSS-569) taken 18 December 1972, from Shows the "X" arrangement of the twin rudder assembly..... This was taken during her inactivation. Digital Source: Photocopy of photograph (from NBP-PNSY, CSF-5445-12-72) photographer unknown,(Haer no. Pa-387-W). - Naval Base Philadelphia-Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, League Island, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA from lcweb2.loc.gov. courtesy of Ron Reeves.
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.
Clamagore28kClamagore (SS-343) against pier, Tiru (SS-416), Blenny (SS-324) & Albacore (AGSS-569), circa early 80's at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.Courtesy of John Hummel. Photo I.d. submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Albacore 24k The Albacore (AGSS-569), heading to her new home, May 1985. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Albacore 90k Albacore (AGSS-569) emergency messenger buoy, sitting upside-down outside the park facility at Albacore Park, Portsmouth, NH., in August of 1999. Photo by Ken Hart.
Albacore 298k Vintage postcard showing the Experimental Submarine, the Albacore (AGSS-569). The submarine was available for tours when this postcard was published. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Albacore 304k Albacore (AGSS-569) in Albacore Park, Portsmouth, NH., November 2007. Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Albacore 272k Stern view of the Albacore's (AGSS-569) Phase IV contra-rotating propeller arrangement at the park facility at Albacore Park, Portsmouth NH., in November 2007. Photo courtesy of John MacKay.

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