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Salmon (SSR-573) (SS-573) (AGSS-573)

Radio Call Sign: November - Mike - Yankee - Alpha

Sailfish Class Submarine: Laid down, 10 March 1954, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 25 February 1956; Commissioned, USS Salmon (SSR-573), 25 August 1956; Reclassified Attack Submarine (SS-573), 1 March 1961; FRAM II conversion, 3 June 1964 to 19 April 1965, at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point; Redesignated Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-573), 1 June 1968; Redesignated Attack Submarine (SS-573), 30 June 1968; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1977; Final Disposition, disposed of as a target, 5 June 1993.

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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Salmon 94k Salmon (SSR-573) underway in her original configuration as a radar-picket submarine sometime circa late 1950's. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Salmon 46k Salmon (SS-573) returned to San Diego on 20 December 1962 and became flagship of Submarine Flotilla 1; and, in addition to that distinction, was awarded the Golden "E" for excellence in battle efficiency for the past five consecutive years, which rated her as the leading submarine of her division. Salmon was the first submarine to earn a Golden "E" and was to better that record by winning hash-marks signifying retention of that status during 1963 and 1964. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Salmon 91k Salmon (SSR-573), at San Francisco, circa 1965. Courtesy of William J. Dougherty.
Salmon 280k Salmon (SSR-573) alongside for mail call, 14 November 1965. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Ballast Point 81k Ballast Point Nest 1967: Volador (SS-490), Redfish (SS-395), Salmon (SS-573) & Rock (SS-274). Photo by J.D. Decrevel EM2(SS).
Salmon 118k Broadside & stern view of the Salmon (SS-573),1/192 scale, solid cast resin, circa 1967-1969. Model & photo courtesy of Mel Douyette & coldwarsubmarines.com
Salmon67kSalmon (AGSS-573), moored in front of the Ajax (AR-6) in Sasebo harbor, Japan in 1970. Photo by William P. Jones, M.D. former Medical Officer, Niagara Falls (AFS-3).
Salmon 26k Salmon (SS-573), bow view underway, date and place unknown. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Salmon 763k Welcome Aboard Salmon (SS-573), 1973. PDF courtesy of Darryl Baker.
PDF added 05/12/11.
Salmon 1.38k Welcome Aboard Salmon (SS-573), 1976. PDF courtesy of Darryl Baker.
PDF added 05/12/11.
Salmon 183k Salmon (SS-573), at Groton, October 1993, rigged for remote control operation for use in SSN sonar exercises. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Salmon 165k Head-on view of Salmon (SS-573), tall Atlantic style sail at Groton, October 1993. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Salmon 318k A view of Salmon's (SS-573), forward deck from the bridge cockpit, October 1993. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Salmon 258k Salmon's (SS-573), bridge cockpit, showing fold-down lexan wind and spray shield, October 1993. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Salmon 228k A view inside Salmon's (SS-573) enclosed navigation bridge, October 1993. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Salmon 229k Salmon's (SS-573) forward deck, looking aft, October 1993. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Salmon 40k Salmon (SS-573), tied to pier at Nlon Naval Base, 1993. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.

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