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Permit (SSN-594)
Keel Laying - Commissioning

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Victor - Echo

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Active Service - Decommissioning


Thresher Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 16 July 1959, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 1 July 1961; Commissioned, USS Permit (SSN-594), 29 May 1962; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 12 June 1991; Laid up at Bremerton Naval Shipyard; Final Disposition, entered the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 30 September 1991 and completed 20 May 1993.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,540 t., Submerged: 4,200 t.; Length 278' 5"; Beam 31' 8"; ; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 28+ kts; Operating Depth 400'; Complement, 143; Sensors, Raytheon BQS-6A or -6B active/passive systems BQQ-1 and the Edo BQR-7 passive, conformal array, TB-26 Towed Sonar Array; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, forward, MK 48 torpedoes, UUM-44A SUBROC, UGM-84A/C Harpoon, MK 57 deep water mines, Mk 60 CAPTOR mines; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two Westinghouse steam turbines, one propeller 15,000 shp.
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Sargo132kSargo (SSN-583) is seen departing Mare Island on 3 August 1958 for trials.
The object in the left hand corner is a temporary building and the hull sections that line the dockyard are either for Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) or Permit (SSN-594).
US Navy photo # NY9 40452-8-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Thresher50kPlatform plan of Thresher (SSN-593) class submarines. PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Permit204kHull section 2 of the Permit (SSN-594) is shown under construction at Mare Island on 19 January 1959. The hull section was under construction at berth 15 at the North end of the shipyard.USN photo # NY9 42819-1-59, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit271kFirst section on the Permit (SSN-594) is placed on the building ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 25 June 1959. This in bulkhead 52. USN photo # NY9 45039-6-59, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit38k Close-up of Permit (SSN-594) insignia taken on 7/16/59. USN photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit97k RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN, Shipyard Commander, authenticates the keel of the Permit (SSN-594) at Mare Island on 16 July 1959. USN photo # NY9-45325-7-59, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit258k The volunteer civilian band is shown in the foreground during the keel laying ceremony on the Permit (SSN-594) on 16 July 1959 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.USN photo # NY9-45322-7-59, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit77k RADM Leroy V. Hunsinger, USN, Shipyard Commander, speaks at the keel laying of the Permit (SSN-594) on 16 July 59 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The Permit was Mare Island's 5th nuclear submarine.USN photo # NY9-45323-7-59,contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit96k VIPs at the keel laying of Permit (SSN-594) at Mare Island on 16 July 1959. From left to right: CDR E. E. Kintner, USN, Nuclear Power Supt, and honorary keel layers Henry A. McKenna, Master Machinist; Florie A. Braghetta, Head of Laboratory Branch; and Walter R. Suess, Head of Reproduction Center. USN photo # NY9-45328-7-59,contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit986kFull size mockup of the machinery spaces looking forward of the Permit (SSN-594) at Mare Island on 17 July 1959. USN photo # 45280-7-59, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit986kFull size mockup of the machinery spaces looking aft of the Permit (SSN-594) at Mare Island on 17 July 1959. USN photo # 45285-7-59, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
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.
Permit240kSection number for Permit (SSN-594) is shown being prefabricated in Mare Island's shipfitter shop on 25 January 1960.USN photo # NY9 46866-1-60,contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit182kPermit (SSN-594), Hull section 3 (Aft section of submarine) is show being placed on the building ways at Mare Island on 18 February 1960.USN photo # NY9 47152-2-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit406kHull section of the Permit (SSN-594) being placed on the ways by YD-33 at Mare Island on 29 March 1960.USN photo # 47551-3-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit406kStern of Permit (SSN-594) on its way to the building ways at Mare Island on 1 April 1960.USN photo # 48065-6-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit1.1mProgress view of the Permit (SSN-594) on the building ways at Mare Island on 6 April 1960. View is looking aft.USN photo # NY9 47620-4-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit198kStern hull section of Permit (SSN-594) being transported from structural shop to the building ways at Mare Island on 23 June 1960.USN photo # 48065-6-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit420kBow view of Permit (SSN-594) on the ways at Mare Island on 6 July 1960. USN photo # 48262-7-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit462kStern view of Permit (SSN-594) on the ways at Mare Island on 6 July 1960. USN photo # 48263-7-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit620kBow compartment of Permit (SSN-594) being landed on the building ways at Mare Island on 20 July 1960. USN photo # 48357-7-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit388kBow view of Permit (SSN-594) on the ways at Mare Island on 4 October 1960.USN photo # 49122-10-60, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit225k Photo of the installation of engine room patch of Permit (SSN-594), at Mare Island on 26 January 1961.USN photo # 50216-1-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit191k The BQQ-1 sonar sphere is being ready for installation on the Permit (SSN-594) at Mare Island on 19 March 1961. USN photo # 50731-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit544k Permit (SSN-594) sonar sphere being lifted off the dual trailers at Ways One South at Mare Island on 19 March 1961. USN photo # 50735-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit456k Permit (SSN-594) bow is ready for installation of sonar sphere at Mare Island on 19 March 1961. USN photo # 50737-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit206k Permit (SSN-594) sonar sphere being lifted off the dual trailers at Ways One South at Mare Island on 19 March 1961 with the submarine in the background. USN photo # 50738-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit394k Permit (SSN-594) sonar sphere being fitted aboard at Mare Island on 19 March 1961. USN photo # 50739-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit341k Permit (SSN-594) sonar sphere being fitted aboard at Mare Island on 19 March 1961. USN photo # 50740-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit290k Bow view of Permit (SSN-594) on the ways at Mare Island on 4 April 1961.USN photo # 50829-4-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit314kStern view of Permit (SSN-594) on the ways at Mare Island on 4 April 1961. USN photo # 50830-4-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit392k Fairwater of Permit (SSN-594) is landed on board at Mare Island on 2 May 1961.USN photo # 51146-5-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit717kCapt. Karl R. Wheland (Commander Submarine Group San Francisco Bay Area) presents LT Hugh A Benton, prospective engineering officer of Permit (SSN-594), a Navy Unit Commendation award earned while LT Benton was servicing in Skipjack (SS-585) at Mare Island on 24 June 1961.A Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, MINSY #51750-6-61, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit435kPermit's (SSN-594) launch cradle in the bottom of Mare Island's dry dock # 3 in July 1961. USN photo # 50740-3-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit44kPermit (SSN-594), launching invitation ceremony, 1 July 1961. Courtesy of Dave Stoops EM2(SS) Permit (SSN-594) and webmaster of the Permit (SSN-594) homepage.
Permit270kFront cover of Permit's (SSN-594) launching program on 1 July 1961 at Mare Island. Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Permit850kPermit's (SSN-594) launching program on 1 July 1961 at Mare Island. Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Permit245kBack cover of Permit's (SSN-594) launching program on 1 July 1961 at Mare Island. Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Permit373kMrs. John A. McCone christens the Permit (SSN-594) on 1 July 1961 at Mare Island. Photo # NY9-51975-7-61, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Permit145kA carving of the Permit (Fish) is presented to the Commanding Officer of Permit (SSN-594) prior to her launching at Mare Island on 1 July 61. The carving was done by Chief Torpedoman R. L. Seay and he has resented a commendation medal from Asst. SECNAV K. E. Belieu. Left to right: RADM L. V. Honsinger (Shipyard Commandant), CDR E. R. Barrett (Commanding Officer), LT A. S. Cabot, Chief R. L. Seay and Asst. SECNAV K. E. Belieu.USN photo # 51907-7-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit714kRADM Hyman G. Rickover at the launching of the Permit (SSN-594) at Mare Island on 1 July 1961. USN photo # 51978-7-61, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit125k Commemorative postal cover marking the Permit's (SSN-594) launching, 1 July 1961. Courtesy of Dave Stoops EM2(SS) Permit (SSN-594) and webmaster of the Permit (SSN-594) homepage.
Permit685kPermit (SSN-594) waterborne for the first time on 1 July 1961 at Mare Island. Photo # NY9-51928-7-61 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Permit466kPermit (SSN-594), launching, bow view, waterborne at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1 July 1961.Navy Photo # NY9-51981-7-61 courtesy of Dave Stoops EM2(SS) Permit (SSN-594) and webmaster of the Permit (SSN-594) homepage.
Permit2.25kThe Permit (SSN-594) is waterborne on 1 July 1961.Photo # NY9-51931-7-61 scanned by Ryan Crierie, via flickr, courtesy of Stephen Gower.
Permit241k Forward plan view of Permit (SSN-594) at her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 15 January 1962. The Plunger (SSN-595) is aft of Permit.USN photo # 53561-1-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit222k Aft plan view of Permit (SSN-594) at her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 15 January 1962. USN photo # 53562-1-62, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit2.50kPDF file of Permit's (SSN-594) commissioning program. PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Permit1.10kView of the commissioning ceremonies of the Permit (SSN-594) in dry dock 3 at Mare Island on 29 May, 1962.USN photo # 55162-5-62, courtesy of the Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum. Photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit90k Permit (SSN-594), first day commemorative post card, 29 May, 1962. Courtesy of Dave Stoops EM2(SS) Permit (SSN-594) and webmaster of the Permit (SSN-594) homepage.
Permit283kPermit (SSN-594), sea trials at flank speed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1 June 1962.Navy Photo # NY9-55179-6-62, courtesy of Dave Stoops EM2(SS) Permit (SSN-594) and webmaster of the Permit (SSN-594) homepage.
Permit98kClipping from the 8 June 1962 edition of Mare Island's newspaper the "Grapevine" showing the flag raising aboard Permit (SSN-594) during her commissioning ceremonies.USN photo # 55162-5-62, courtesy of the Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum. Photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Permit709kRADM Eugene B. Fluckey (COMSUBPAC) (left) presents the Navy "E" plaque to LCDR David Boyd commanding officer of the Permit (SSN-594) (center) at Mare Island on 6 August 1964. RADM Edward J. Fahhy (shipyard commander) is on the left. USN photo # 64547-8-64, from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 08/30/13.

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