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Growler (SSG-577)


Grayback Class Submarine: Laid down, 15 February 1955, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 5 April 1958; Commissioned, USS Growler (SSG-577), 30 August 1958; Decommissioned, 25 May 1964, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group; Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1980; Final Disposition, on permanent display, 29 September 1988, as a museum ship, Intrepid Park, New York, NY.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced, 2,670 t. Submerged, 3,650; Length 317'; Beam 25'; Test Depth 700': Complement 9 Officers, 75 Enlisted; Armament, four Regulus I missiles, or two Regulus II missiles, or two Regulus Is and one Regulus II, six 21" torpedo tubes, one Regulus launcher; Propulsion, diesel-electric, twin propellers.
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Grayback1.2kThe Growler (SSG-577) slides down the launching ways on 5 April 1958 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.USN photo # USN 1039790, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/11/11.
Grayback172kStern view of the Growler (SSG-577) on 28 November 1958.USN photo # USN 1039790, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/11/11.
Growler226kGrowler (SSG-577), cut out detailing her Regulus missle and launcher guise, circa 1959-60.Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Growler241kGrowler (SSG-577) looking over her bulbious missle hanger, underway, with a Regulus missle in the launcher pod. Circa 1959-60.Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Growler17kGrowler (SSG-577) launching a Regulus missle at sea, circa 1959-60.Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Growler43kGrowler (SSG-577) with a Regulus missle and launcher appearing in front of the sail, circa 1959-60.Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Growler177kGrowler (SSG-577) with a Regulus missle and launcher appearing in front of the sail, circa 1959-60.Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Growler170kGrowler (SSG-577) in her Regulus missle and launcher guise, circa 1959-60.Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Growler25kPort side view of the Growler (SSG-577), underway, circa 1958-64.Courtesy of goatlocker.org.
Growler & Grayback76k Grayback (SSG-574) and Growler (SSG-577) alongside each other at Mare Island shortly before both boats were decommissioned on 25 May 1964 and were placed in reserve. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst. Photo i.d. courtesy of Darrly Baker.
Grayback497kGrayback (SSG-574) and Growler (SSG-577) alongside each other.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/11/11.
Regulus Deterrent Patrols1.3mRegulus Deterrent Patrols by the following submarines from September 1959 to July 1964:
Tunny (SSG-282),
Barbero (SSG-317),
Grayback (SS-574),
Growler (SSG-577),&
Halibut (SSGN-587).
Photograph courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Growler464kFirst of three photos of a transfer at sea between the Growler (SSG-577) to Barbero (SSG-317), circa 1959-60.Photograph courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Growler545kSecond of three photos of a transfer at sea between the Growler (SSG-577) to Barbero (SSG-317), circa 1959-60.Photograph courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Growler533kThird of three photos of a transfer at sea between the Growler (SSG-577) to Barbero (SSG-317), circa 1959-60.Photograph courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Growler71k Oil on canvas by the artist John Meeks entitled Growler (SSG-577). Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Growler94kGrowler (SSG-577), underway, port side view, circa early 60's. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Growler80kThe Tugboat Hackensack YTM pushing the Ex-Growler (SSG-577) up to the Intrepid Museum in 1988. Fresh from the refit at Tampa Ship. Photo courtesy US Navy, ussnewyork.com. & subpride via Scott Koen.
Growler248kThe Tugboat Hackensack pushing the Ex-Growler (SSG-577) up to the Intrepid Museum in 1988. Fresh from the refit at Tampa Ship. Photo courtesy US Navy, ussnewyork.com. & subpride via Scott Koen.
Growler83kShip Dry Dock flooding.Photos courtesy US Navy, ussnewyork.com. & subpride via Scott Koen.
Growler378kIntrepid Museum complex 1996; Intrepid (CVA-11), Growler (SSG-577), Slater, Edson, Tamaroa, Nantucket, Hackensack.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Growler79kGrowler (SSG-577), at Intrepid Park, New York, circa post 1988.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Growler131kGrowler (SSG-577) control room passageway, circa post 1988.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Growler78kGrowler (SSG-577) forward torpedo room, circa post 1988. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Growler266k Growler (SSG-577) and the Intrepid (CV-11) moored at N.Y. City harbor, 2006. Photo courtesy of Michael Carey.
Growler80kThe Growler (SSG-577) being tugged up the East River 25 September 2009, on its way to GMD Shipyard Corp. facilities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Growler is in dry dock for a hull scrape, some minor exterior repairs and a full, historically accurate paint job that will see the sides painted grey and the top painted black. Photo courtesy of Jen Carlson & gothamist.com via thesubreport.com.

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