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Pollack (SSN-603)

Thresher Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 14 March 1960, at New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ; Launched, 17 March 1962; Commissioned, USS Pollack (SSN-603), 26 May 1964; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1989; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 17 February 1995.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,540 t., Submerged: 4,200 t.; Length 278' 6"; Beam 31' 8"; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 30 kts; Test Depth 1300'; Complement 143; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes, UUM-44A SUBROC, UGM-84A/C Harpoon, MK57 deep water mines, MK60 CAPTOR mines, Sensors: Raytheon BQS-6A or -6B active/passive systems BQQ-1 and the Edo BQR-7 passive, conformal array, TB-16 Towed Sonar Array; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, single propeller, 15,000 shp.
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Thresher50kPlatform plan of Thresher (SSN-593) class submarines. PDF courtesy of 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.
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 Dave Johnston (USNR)
Pollack198kPollack (SSN-603) on the shipway as preparations were being made for her launching ceremony on 17 March 1962.
I believe the Haddo (SSN-604) is under construction to the left of the Pollack.
Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Pollack62kPollack (SSN-603), sponsored by Mrs. John Pastore, the wife of the Rhode Island governor and U.S. senator (with hat in hand), gets a taste of Champagne across her bow on 17 March 1962. Photo courtesy of New York Shipbuilding.,
Pollack489kPollack (SSN-603) sliding down the ways.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 06/03/19.
Pollack77k Pollack (SSN-603), probably off the Mid-Atlantic coast during her sea trials, 1963.Photo courtesy of New York Shipbuilding.,
Pollack45kPollack (SSN-603), probably off the Mid-Atlantic coast during her sea trials, 1963.Courtesy of
Pollack340kPhoto of the commissioning ceremonies of Pollack (SSN-603) at Camden, NJ on 26 May 1964. AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).
Pollack975k12 page PDF Welcome Aboard the Pollack (SSN-603). USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen &
Pollack598kPhoto of the silver tray presented to the officer and crew of the Pollack (SSN-603) upon her commissioning by Mrs. John O. Pastore on 26 May 1964.USN photo # 230190-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack200kStarboard broadside view of the Pollack (SSN-603) underway in this undated photo.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Pollack81kPollack (SSN-603), at NavSta Charlston, SC, 1966.© Richard Leonhardt.
GNATS1.70kThis shows the submarine tender Fulton (AS-11) alongside the State Pier, New London, CT. The date is approximately 1967-69. At the end of the pier is the submarine rescue vessel Skylark (ASR-20). Aft of the Fulton is the Gato (SSN-615), and moored in the nest next to the Fulton is Dace (SSN-607), Jack (SSN-605), and an unknown Thresher/Permit class boat (inboard in the nest). The unknown boat has a teardrop shaped sonar dome on the bow, an unusual installation for a 593 class boat. It is for the General Noise and Tonal System (GNATS), a jamming/decoy sonar system. Normally the dome is found mounted aft. A rough guess as to the identity of the unknown boat is Pollack (SSN-603). USN photo courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR)
Ric Hedman and Jim Christley contributed information for this photo.
Pollack108kThe Pollack (SSN-603) at her berth during her overhaul at Mare Island in May 1980. USN photo # 167967, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
798kPollack (SSN-603) and Gudgeon (SS-567) tied up at Ballast Point, San Diego in late 1981. Courtesy of Roderick Lusted.
Pollack121kThe Pollack (SSN-603) arriving at Pearl Harbor, possibly from 21 March to 9 May 1983, when Pollack participated in Fleetex 83 - 1. The exercise, involving six submarines and three carrier battle groups, took Pollack from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, then to Yokosuka, and back to San Diego Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr. Text courtesy of
Ballast Point, San Diego48kAn Oil on Masonite painting by the artist John Charles Roach, entitled "Ballast Point, San Diego", depicts sub base with subs and tenders at the pier in San Diego during mid 1986. The tenders were possibly the McKee (AS-42) for Subron 7:
Dixon (AS-37) for Subron 3:
Among the subs were the:
Dolphin (AGSS-555):
Gudgeon (SS-567):
Albacore (AGSS-569):
Blueback (SS-581):
Permit (SSN-594):
Plunger (SSN-595):
Pollack (SSN-603)
Haddo (SSN-604):
Guardfish (SSN-612):
Haddock (SSN-621):
Sturgeon (SSN-637):
Gurnard (SSN-662) :
Hawkbill (SSN-666):
Pintado (SSN-672):
Drum (SSN-677):
William H. Bates (SSN-680):
La Jolla (SSN-701):
Portsmouth (SSN-707) &
Salt Lake City (SSN-716).
Ballast Point, San Diego
John Charles Roach 1986.5
Oil on Masonite, 1986, courtesy of the USNHC, # 88-163-CR.
Text contributed by OMC J. Reid Pallady USNR-RET & QM2(SS) Dave Johnston (USNR)
Pollack883k Pollack (SSN-603) entering Pearl Harbor, date unknown. Photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack177kNavy tug Skenandoa (YTB-835), assists the Pollack (SSN-603), arriving off Mare Island in January 1988 for inactivation. USN photo # 228496-8-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack578kHonors are being rendered during the playing of the National Anthem during the deactivation ceremonies for the Pollack (SSN-603) in the field house at Mare Island on 16 November 1988. The Combat Systems Technical Schools Command Color Guard presented the colors.USN photo # 230166-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack359kCDR Prentice "Lee" House, Commanding Officer of Pollack (SSN-603) is at the speaker stand during the deactivation ceremonies for the submarine at Mare Island on 18 November 1988.USN photo # 230168-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack372kRadm D. R. Oliver Jr., Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative, West Coast is at the speaker during the deactivation ceremonies for the submarine at Mare Island on 18 November 1988.USN photo # 230171-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack359kThe Chief of the Boat presents the commissioning pennant to CDR Prentice "Lee" House, Commanding Officer of Pollack (SSN-603) during the deactivation ceremonies for the submarine at Mare Island on 18 November 1988.USN photo # 230174-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack400kCDR Prentice "Lee" House, Commanding Officer of the Pollack (SSN-603) departs during the deactivation ceremonies for the submarine at Mare Island on 18 November 1988.USN photo # 230176-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack560kThe crew of Pollack (SSN-603) is seen at quarters during the deactivation ceremonies for the submarine at Mare Island on 18 November 1988.USN photo # 230179-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack731kCDR Prentice "Lee" House, Commanding Officer of Pollack (SSN-603) and Dr. William M. Wilson holding a copy of the war time insignia for the submarine at Mare Island on 18 November 1988.USN photo # 230190-11-88, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pollack979kPDF Welcome Aboard the Pollack (SSN-603). PDF courtesy of Scott Koen &
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 & partial text courtesy of & 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).
As time passes & more boats are retired from service and their reactors are brought here, so the numbers rise. In this photo dated November 2009, 98 nuclear submarines and six nuclear cruisers have been recycled. For an up to date view, click here
USN photo & partial text courtesy of & submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Insert link courtesy of

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Lyon, Harvey Eugene, USN (USNA 1946) :RADM26.05.1964 - 13.09.1965 First Date in Commission
02CDR. McDonald, Robert Patrick, USN (USNA 1952)13.09.1965 - 11.12.1967
03CDR. Boyle, Darrell Duane, USN (USNA 1953)11.12.1967 - 10.04.1971
04CDR. Chester, Scott Albert, USN (USNA 1956)10.04.1971 - 28.10.1975
05CDR. Asher III, John Wilson, USN (USNA 1963)28.10.1975 - 24.04.1978
06CDR. Raggett, Michael Mark, USN (USNA 1962)24.04.1978 - 13.03.1982
07CDR. Field, Richard Johns, USN (USNA 1967)13.03.1982 - 30.07.1985
08CDR. House, Prentice Lee, USN30.07.1985 - 01.03.1989 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Pollack (SSBN-603) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest - USS Pollack (SSN 603)
SSN-594 Permit Class - FAS web site

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