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Sailfish (SSR-572) (SS-572)

Radio Call Sign: November - India - Kilo - Oscar
Voice Call Sign: CUPGRASS

Sailfish Class Submarine: Laid down, 8 December 1953, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 7 September 1955; Commissioned, USS Sailfish (SSR-572), 14 April 1956; Reclassified Attack Submarine (SS-572), 3 February 1961; FRAM II conversion, January 1965 to February 1966, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.; Decommissioned, 29 September 1978, Submarine Support Facility, San Diego, CA.; Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1978; Final Disposition; sunk by a Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo fired from the Topeka (SSN-754).
The location of Sailfish is 47-05.783N 127-23.133W. 121.2 nautical miles (139.5 statute miles) from land at a depth of 1451 fathoms (8700 feet).

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 2,334 t., Submerged: 3,168 t.; Length 350' 5" ; Beam 29' 1"; Draft 16' 4"; Speed, Surfaced 20.5 kts, Submerged 15 kts; Complement 10 Officers, 85 Enlisted; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes, Propulsion, diesel-electric, twin propellers.
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Sailfish 12k Istiophorus platypterus, a Sailfish. Illustrated by Diane Rome Peebles. Photo courtesy of myfwc.com.
Sailfish 338k Sailfish (SSR-572), launching, 7 September 1955, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sailfish 129k Sailfish (SSR-572), prior to commissioning, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME. The Destroyer Escort Peterson (DE-152) is moored dockside behind the Sailfish. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
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.time.com
Sailfish 86k Sailfish (SSR-572), underway during builders sea trials, early 1956.
US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 90k Sailfish (SSR-572), off Kittery ME, photo dated 11 May 1956.
US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 83k Sailfish (SSR-572), at sea, 1956.
US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 92k Sailfish (SSR-572), underway circa 1956-1958. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 400k 1957 4 page PDF Sailfish (SSR-572) history as a Radar Picket. Photo courtesy of Thomas Becher.
PDF added 11/11/12.
Sailfish 81k Sailfish (SSR-572), date and place unknown. Photo from "Our Navy" Magazine 15 February, 1958, courtesy of Stanley Svec.
Sailfish 80k Sailfish (SSR-572), on the Thames River in New London, CT., heading out of the Sub Base toward the open sea, circa 1959 or 1961. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 84k Sailfish (SS-572), circa 1961, place unknown. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 195k Sailfish (SS-572) in December 1962, in Genoa, Italy while backing into the pier before heading for Rota Spain, en route to New London, Conn. The Photograph was taken by an Italian photographer and a postcard produced and sold to crew members. USN photo courtesy of Paul Kelley, IC1(SS). Photo i.d. courtesy of David Yoh (USN retired).
Angler271kSailfish (SSR-572) & Angler (SSK-240) at Genoa, Italy on 29 December 1962. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Sailfish 88k Sailfish (SS-572), underway. Photo from Subron 10 Cruise Book, 1964-1965. US Navy photo courtesy of Fred Willshaw.
Sailfish 84k Sailfish (SS-572), getting underway to lay a wreath over the last known location of Thresher (SSN-593). Photo from Subron 10 Cruise Book, 1964-1965. US Navy photo courtesy of Fred Willshaw.
Sailfish 265k Sailfish (SSR-572) sails in February 1966. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 11/11/12.
Sailfish 326k Portside view of the Sailfish (SSR-572) circa 1966. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 11/11/12.
Sailfish 101k Sailfish (SS-572) arriving at Pearl Harbor, August 1969. This was the day Sailfish arrived in Pearl Harbor from SubRon 8 in New London, CT. The Lei is made from GDU bags. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 101k Sailfish (SS-572) at Pearl Harbor, August 1969. This was the first official Navy picture taken in Pearl Harbor after she was attached to SubRon 7. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 68k Sailfish (SS-572), in dry dock Yokosuka Naval Shipyard, Japan, 1970. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 200k Sailfish (SS-572), in dry dock Yokosuka Naval Shipyard, Japan, 1970. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 160k Sailfish (SS-572), in dry dock Yokosuka Naval Shipyard, Japan, 1970. US Navy photo courtesy of Glenn Jackson, former crew member.
Sailfish 72k Sailfish (SS-572), at Kaoshuing, 1970. Photo by William P. Jones, MD, Medical Officer, USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3).
Sailfish 52k Sailfish (SS-572), tied to USCGC Taney (37) at the anchorage in Kaoshuing. Photo by William P. Jones, M.D. 1969.
Sailfish 152k Sailfish (SS-572), underway 1972. Attached here is a PDF during her period in Submarine Group 5. Photo courtesy of Chuck McGowen.
PDF courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Sailfish 83k Sailfish (SS-572) in the Philly yards 1967-68. Fletcher class destroyers in mothballs in background. Photo i.d. courtesy of Glenn Jackson EM2(SS) USS Sailfish SS572, 1967-1960. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sailfish 1.3m Sailfish (SS-572) Welcome aboard pamphlet, circa 1975. PDF courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Sailfish 100k Sailfish (SS-572), quietly sitting under the port flight deck overhang of the Midway (CV-41) at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in July 1997. Photo taken from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner & submitted by Robert Hurst.
Sailfish 127k The Sailfish (SS-572), berthed at Bremerton, WA., 18 October 2002, stripped of electronics and weapons, awaiting disposal. She is moored starboard side to, under the angled flight deck of Midway (CV-41). Photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS).
Sailfish 133k Sailfish (SSR-572) on 25 October 2003, getting ready for sinkex. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sailfish 97k Sailfish (SS-572) sinkex location. Photo courtesy of mysite.verizon.net/gjack572/ via Eric H. Ericson III, TM3(SS) Bang (SS-385).

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