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Sculpin (SSN-590)

Radio Call Sign: November - Zulu - Tango - Mike

Skipjack Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 3 February 1958, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.; Launched, 31 March 1960; Commissioned, USS Sculpin (SSN-590), 1 June 1961; Decommissioned, 3 August 1990; Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1990; Laid up at Bremerton Naval Shipyard; Final Disposition, disposed through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., completed 23 March 1999.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 2,880 t., Submerged: 3,500 t.; Length 251' 9"; Beam 32'; Draft 28 ft.; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 30+ kts; Depth Limit 700'; Complement 118; Combat Systems, Sonar, BQR-12, BQR-2 passive, BQS-4 (modified) active/passive; Radar BPS-12; Fire Control, MK-101 torpedo FCS, ASW MK-48; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes, forward; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two Westinghouse steam turbines, one propeller 15,000 shp.
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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.
U.S. Navy Photograph 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.
US Navy photo courtesy of Ron Titus courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp. Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Sculpin 394k Launching of the Sculpin (SSN-590) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS., on 31 March 1960. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 10/01/13.
Sculpin 33k Mrs. Connaway prepares to break the traditional bottle of champagne on the bow of Sculpin (SSN-590) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS., on 31 March 1960.
She was the wife of Lieutenant Commander Fred Connaway, USN. He and 62 other crewmen were lost with the first Sculpin (SS-191) when it was sunk on 19 November 1943 in action against the Japanese.
Courtesy of home.cshore.com / Stanley J. Bice.
Sculpin 285k Bunting billows the bow of Sculpin (SSN-590), first Atomic submarine built in the Deep South, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS. 31 March 1960. US Navy photo # NPC 1047446 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sculpin 51k All wrapped up in bunting, the Sculpin (SSN-590) is about to get that sweet taste of champagne across her bow at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS., on 31 March 1960. Courtesy of home.cshore.com / Stanley J. Bice.
Sculpin 29k Sculpin (SSN-590) is waterborne following her launching at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS. Courtesy of home.cshore.com / Stanley J. Bice.
Sculpin 329k Commemorative post card marking the Sculpin's (SSN-590) launching, 31 March 1960 at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 97k Commemorative Illustrated emblem / logo of the Sculpin (SSN-590), first Atomic submarine built in the Deep South, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 89k Sculpin (SSN-590), underway in the Gulf of Mexico during her alpha trials, 9-1-1961. USN photo.
Sculpin 304k Sculpin (SSN-590), underway in the Gulf of Mexico during her alpha trials, 9-1-1961. US Navy photo # NPC 1047446 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sculpin 338k Commemorative post card marking the commissioning of the Sculpin (SSN-590), 1 June 1961.
The signature is that of the sponsor of the boat, Mrs. Connaway, the wife of Lieutenant Commander Fred Connaway, USN. He and 62 other crewmen were lost with the first Sculpin (SS-191) when it was sunk on 19 November 1943 in action against the Japanese.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 452k Sculpin (SSN-590) with Admiral Rickover waiting on her wings. US Navy photo # NPC 1047446 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Halibut 334kThe Sculpin (SSN-590) was in Pearl Harbor, in early December, en route to the western Pacific, when defective piping forced her to sail back to Mare Island for repairs. She returned to San Diego on 25 February 1964, and operated from that port until early April. On the 8th, The Sculpin sailed for duty with the 7th Fleet. Prior to reporting, she made port calls at Pearl Harbor, Sydney, and Subic Bay. For the remainder of her deployment, SCULPIN operated in and out of Subic Bay, and Naha, Okinawa, with the 7th Fleet. She returned to her home port on 20 October 1964.
She is seen here approaching Garden Island Naval Dockyard, Sydney, and my recollection is that it was 1964, and by the look of the weather probably our southern hemisphere winter months June-August or thereabouts.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Kim Dunstan via Fabio Pena.
Sculpin 1.27k Sculpin (SSN-590) exercises with other elements of the fleet. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 10/01/13.
Sculpin 1.32k Port side of Sculpin (SSN-590). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 10/01/13.
Skipjack Class 60k Watercolour and gouache on paper painting by the artist Viktor Stepansky entitled "Diving Skipjack Class".
The Skipjack Class (SSN-585 / 88-92) - clearing showing the tear-drop shape adopted by many of the submarine's successors. The Scorpion (SSN-589) is pictured here underway.
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Sculpin 331k Commemorative post card marking the visit of the Sculpin (SSN-590) to Australia 2 - 18 May 1964 & the 22nd anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 53kSculpin (SSN-590), underway on 6 July 1965.
Operations and exercises along the west coast, from San Diego to Bangor, Wash., occupied the submarine for the next 25 months.
Photo from Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995 and submitted courtesy of Robert Hurst. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Sculpin 1.48kSculpin (SSN-590) Welcome Aboard pamphlet. PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Sculpin 259k Commemorative post card marking the 5th anniversary of the Sculpin's (SSN-590) commissioning, 1 June 1966. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 20k Broadside view of the Sculpin (SSN-590), possibly while on her 2nd visit to Japan, 23 November 1967. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 103k With the engineering "E" for excellence on her sail, the Sculpin (SSN-590), makes her way on the surface, possibly outside Pearl Harbor after her first major overhaul and refueling since commissioning. She was in drydock from 30 January 1968 to 22 January 1969. Sea trials and training lasted until 26 July when she sailed to Pearl Harbor on a shakedown training cruise. US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Sculpin 29k Commemorative post card marking the inactivation ceremony of the Sculpin (SSN-590), at Norfolk Naval Base, 3 November 1989. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Sculpin 296k Commemorative post card marking the decommissioning ceremony of the Sculpin (SSN-590) at Newport News VA., 3 August 1990. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sculpin 334k Commemorative post card marking the completion of scrapping of the Sculpin (SSN-590) at Puget Sound Naval Base, Bremerton, Washington, 30 August 2001. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

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