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Seadragon (SSN-584)

Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - India - Papa

Skate Class Submarine: Laid down, 20 June 1956, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 16 August 1958; Commissioned, USS Seadragon (SSN-584), 5 December 1959; Decommissioned, 12 June 1983; Laid up in the Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1986; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 1 October 1994 to 18 September 1995.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 2,570 t., Submerged: 2,861 t.; Length 267' 8"; Beam 25'; Draft 20'; Speed, Surfaced 23 kts, Submerged 18+ kts; Complement 8 Officers, 75 Enlisted; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes forward, two MK 37 asw aft. Propulsion, Swordfish and Seadragon (SSN-584) were S4W configurations with Reactor Compartment Upper Level, steam turbines, two propellers.

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Swordfish343kThe Seadragon (SSN-584) insignia. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon566kTwice as much fun.
Seadragon (SSN-584) was launched on 16 August 1958 & sponsored by Mrs. Robert L. Dennison. As photo #2 shows it was a swing and a miss; the bottle then bounced off the bow.
USN photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Swordfish140k Seadragon (SSN-584) is launched on 16 August 1958. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Swordfish915k Seadragon (SSN-584) on her trials, 13 November 1959.USN photo # NPC 1046421 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Swordfish305kA commissioned warship on 5 December 1959. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Steele 161k VADM. George Peabody Steele was the commanding officer of the Seadragon (SSN-584) from 5 December 1959 to 27 May 1961. Photograph from the Seadragon (SSN-584) website & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Submarine Silhouettes 1960179kSubmarine Silhouettes of 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575), Skate (SSN-578), Skipjack (SS-585), Triton (SSRN-586), Halibut (SSGN-587), Thresher (SSN-593), Tullibee (SSN-597), George Washington (SSBN-598), & Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) classes.
USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Nuclear Submarine Profiles187kNuclear Submarine Profiles 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Triton (SSRN-586),
Skate (SSN-578) & Skipjack (SS-585) classes,
Halibut (SSGN-587) & Tullibee (SSN-597) classes,
George Washington (SSBN-598) &
Thresher (SSN-593) classes.
USN photo courtesy of Ron Titus courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston
Seadragon534k1 August 1960: SEADRAGON (SSN-584) OFF FOR TRIP UNDER NORTH POLEA.P. Wirephoto courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Skate566kScientist Walter I. Whitman, Ice Forecaster, accompanying the crew of Seadragon (SSN-584) on its trans-polar voyage, stands on the bow of the submarine taking weather data in the middle ice pack of Davis Straits, August 1960.
Master caption: Seadragon (SSN-584) Polar Voyage. Seadragon become the first ship to negotiate the Parry Channel thorough the Canadian Archipelago. Seadragon left Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 1 August 1960 and went up the Greenland-Labrador slot through Davis Strait and Baffin Bay. She entered Parry Channel August 15 at Lancaster Sound, proceeded through Melville Sound and McClure Strait to complete the channel passage 21 August. Once through the Archipelago, the Seadragon continued northward to the pole, and then to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she will report for duty with the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force around 9 September 1960. The 2,360 ton ship is captained by Commander George P. Steele, II, USN. During her polar transit, Seadragon performed a "first" by going under an iceberg 879 feet wide and 1,470 feet long and more than 300 feet deep. The berg was located in Baffin Bay.
Insert photo from Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
USN photo # USN 710779, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Skate1.03kUnderwater TV Camera mounted on the bow of Seadragon (SSN-584) shows the ship's sail and periscope on closed circuit tv, just below the surface in the Parry Channel. White areas of the picture are bubbles of air rising to the surface, August 1960. USN photo # USN 710777, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Skate1.21kWith cold calculation, YNC (SS) Richard W. Caron, USN, unwinds the first toss in the historic premiere North Pole ball game. The umpire with the frozen stare and cold heart was HM1(SS) A.V. Jarvis, USN, 15 September 1960. Seadragon arrived at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 14 September 1960, after completing her voyage from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the North Pole, via the Parry Channel "Northwest Passage". While in the Arctic basin, Seadragon made hydrographic, oceangraphic, and other scientific observations. The submarine surfaced several times in Baffin Bay, the Parry Channel, Arctic Ocean and stopped at the North Pole on 25 August long enough for her crew to play the world's first polar ball game.USN photo # USN 1050056, c ourtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Seadragon 68k Sailors from the Seadragon (SSN-584), background, clowning around on the ice during the craft's August 1960 Arctic operation. The batter is ready to receive the first baseball ever pitched at the North Pole. USN photo from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar, submitted by Robert Hurst.
Skate848kSeadragon (SSN-584) divers prepare to explore under the North Pole taking the first photographs ever made of the underside of the Arctic Ice. Lieutenant G.M. Brewer, USN, (left), TM1 (SS) E.F. Crowley, and EN2 E.P. Quick, (right), found the 28.50 F water temperature rather comfortable.USN photo # USN 1050049, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Seadragon 63k Print of the Seadragon (SSN-584) passing through the Arctic Ocean ice pack in 1960. USN photo courtesy of USNI.
Seadragon 34k Commemorative post card marking the Seadragon (SSN-584) and the Navy's first submerged Northwest passage, 1960. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Seadragon 453k The Seadragon (SSN-584) arriving at Pearl Harbor via Northwest Passage. Photo dated 14 September 1960. USN official photo # 1050090, by PH2 C.L. Roberson, courtesy of David Buell.
Swordfish343kThe Seadragon (SSN-584) arriving at Pearl Harbor. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Swordfish116kSeadragon (SSN-584) arrives from the East coast, 14 September 1960.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Swordfish389kThree Skate class submarines churn the Pacific: Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583) & Seadragon (SSN-584) stand out for a family photo op on 3 December 1960.USN photo # NPC 1052413, courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon 31k Commemorative post card marking the Seadragon (SSN-584) & Skate (SSN-578) first rendezvous at the North Pole, August 1962. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Seadragon 29k Commemorative post card marking the Seadragon (SSN-584) at the North Pole, August 1962. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Skate1.72k Skate (SSN-578) and Seadragon (SSN-584) at the North Pole after a historic rendezvous under the North Pole. Photograph released 22 August 1962. USN photo # USN 711117, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Skate783kScuba diver going over the side of Skate (SSN-578) to conduct underwater inspection after a historic rendezvous with Seadragon (SSN-584) under the Polar ice pack. Photograph released 28 August 1962. USN photo # USN 711125, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Skate857k After historic rendezvous under the Polar Ice pack, crews of the nuclear-powered submarines Skate (SSN-578) and Seadragon (SSN-584) exchange colors and memorial plaques. In center, Commander Joseph L. Skoog, Jr., USN, Commanding Officer of Skate, (left), and Commander Charles D. Summitt, USN, Commanding Officer of Seadragon, exchange plaques. Photograph released 22 August, 1962. USN photo # USN 711118 & 711124, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Skate 40k Seadragon (SSN-584), in the background, and Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole, 1962. USN photo courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.
Skate1.30kSeadragon (SSN-584), foreground, preparing to moor at the North Pole after a historic rendezvous with Skate (SSN-578) under the Polar ice pack. Photograph released 28 August 1962. Master caption: The submarines surface together at the North Pole, carried out anti-submarine warfare exercises, collected scientific information, and established a new year-round submarine channel by exploring a passage through the Kennedy and Robeson Channels (between Greenland and Ellesmere Island). The two submarines proceeded to the historic meeting, operation independently, carrying out tests of electronic equipment and gathering scientific information. All tests of sonar capabilities, ASW capabilities, and underwater communications, proved highly successful. Skate departed on 2 July and Seadragon departed on 12 July.USN photo # USN 711123, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Skate774kRear Admiral Daniel F. Smith, Jr., USN, Navy Chief of Information, right, accepts the original oil painting from an RCA advertisement hailing Seadragon's (SSN-584) east-to-west voyage under the polar ice gap in 1960 from Max Lehrer, Manager, RCA's Washington Defense Office, 11 August 1961, at the Pentagon. Admiral Smith accepted in behalf of Seadragon's Commanding Officer, Commander Steele II, USN, and the submarine's crew. Mr. Lehrer expressed RCA's pride in having been associated with the Seadragon's voyage as supplier of a unique video tape recorder which rode a torpedo rack of the submarine during its historic voyage, recording and storing data on under-the-ice characteristics from externally installed TV cameras. The Seadragon's visit to the North Pole was the fourth by a United States nuclear submarine. It was the first, however, to be equipped with closed-circuit TV secured to its exterior. For 44 days, the submarine's television "eyes" helped guide it under icepacks too crowded to surface through, enabled it at one point to find passage under a mass of ice estimated at more than three million tones. When the 265-foot sub had completed it historic voyage, it held the distinction of having trail-blazed a possible new military and commercial route through the Northwest Passage.USN photo # USN 710955, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Seadragon566k3 photo PDF of First Rendezvous at the Pole in August 1962. Photos courtesy of Mr & Mrs Thomas Whitmer via Mark Howey.
Seadragon 806k Seadragon (SSN-584), at Pearl Harbor on 11 May 1964, with the Arizona Memorial in the distance. The diagonal slots near the streamlined bow are for the bow planes, rotated and housed in the hull when surfaced. Text courtesy of Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)
USN photo # NPC 1103741 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon389kBow on view in a sea of foam. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon1.42kIn July 1968, Seadragon (SSN-584) started a 34-month overhaul and refueling period at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard; she is seen here on 18 June 1969.Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # NPC K-52774 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon301k Seadragon (SSN-584) undergoing overhaul on 9 January 1970. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon1.23k Seadragon (SSN-584) at DD#2, Pearl Harbor, August 1971. Photograph by Martin Longseth USCS, courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).
Seadragon 46k This picture was taken in late 1977 or early 1978, following Seadragon's (SSN-584) last refueling overhaul at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The boat is transiting Pearl Harbor north of Ford Island. The towers in the background to the left of the sail are in Aiea/Pearl City. The two men on the bridge are Cdr. Norman P. Emerson, Commanding Officer; and Ltjg Michael Fagerness, Officer of the Deck. Text courtesy of Donald L. Johnson, EM1(SS) USN, Retired. USS Seadragon SSN-584, 1975-1979.
USN photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Skate 71k Seadragon (SSN-584), in 1/400 scale solid cast resin.Model and photo by Ken Hart.
Seadragon468kEight page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Seadragon (SSN-584), circa 1981.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Seadragon1.29k13 page Decommissioning PDF of the Seadragon (SSN-584).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
PSNSY 683k An aerial view of a section of the Ship Intermediate Maintenance Facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 17 May 1993. One submarine tender and 16 decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are shown including the Seawolf (SSN-575); six George Washington, and Lafayette class SSBN's (with their missile sections cut out) plus several Skate, Skipjack, Permit and Sturgeon class SSN's. All are awaiting scrapping.
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583), Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598), Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
Official USN photo # DN-ST-95-01863, by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston.
PSNSY291k"Sign of the times." March 1994 photo of Nuclear submarines at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard waiting in line for scrapping.
Top row left to right are Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Seawolf (SSN-575) Plunger (SSN-595), Shark (SSN-591), Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636), Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) alongside Sperry (AS-12), with Triton (SSRN-586) across the pier from the Sperry .
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583), Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598), Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
There are so many submarines at PSNSY that the yard is running out of pier space.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Reactor Compartments83kTrench 94, Hanford Site, Washington, 1994. Hull sections containing defueled reactor compartments of decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are put in disposal trenches. Once full, the trench will be filled with dirt and buried. The compartments are expected to retain their integrity for more than 600 years. USN photo submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Spent Fuel569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).

Commanding Officers
01LCDR. Steele II, George Peabody, USN (USNA 1945) :VADM)05.12.1959 - 27.05.1961 First Date in Commission
02LCDR. Summitt, Charles Daniel, USN (USNA 1948-A)27.05.1961 - 01.12.1962
03LCDR. Guthe, Douglas Burden, USN (USNA 1949)01.12.1962 - 11.02.1965
04CDR. Engle, Raymond Edwin, USN (USNA 1950)11.02.1965 - 28.06.1967
05CDR. Glazier, Alvin Steuer, USN (USNA 1953)28.06.1967 - 11.08.1972
06CDR. Jacobs, Thomas Leroy, USN (USNA 1958)11.08.1972 - 19.02.1976
07LCDR. Emerson, Norman Perry, USN (USNA 1962)19.02.1976 - 15.08.1979
08CDR. Jordan, Jerry William, USN (USNA 1963)15.08.1979 - 25.09.1981
09CDR. Stein Jr., John Howard, USN (USNA 1965)25.09.1981 - 12.06.1984 Last Day in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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