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Tinosa (SSN-606)

Thresher Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 24 November 1959, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 9 December 1961; Commissioned, USS Tinosa (SSN-606), 17 October 1964; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 15 January 1992; Final Disposition, disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program (NPSSRP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 15 August 1992.

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 David Johnston
Tinosa284kPreparing the Tinosa (SSN-606) for launching on 9 December 1961.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tinosa279kThe Tinosa (SSN-606) is launched bow first at Portsmouth Naval Station, N.H. on 9 December 1961.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tinosa66kCommemorative post card marking the launching of the Tinosa (SSN-606) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME., 9 December 1961. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Tinosa94kThe Tinosa (SSN-606), 14 October 1964, underway on a shakedown cruise out of Portsmouth, NH. Three days before her commissioning ceremony.USN photo. Text courtesy of Marty Kilmer QM2 SS (Retired).
Tinosa258k Tinosa (SSN-606) underway on a shakedown cruise out of Portsmouth, NH. 1964.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tinosa213kThe Tinosa (SSN-606) underway on a shakedown cruise or sea trial out of Portsmouth, NH in the fall of 1964. Marty Kilmer QM2 SS (Retired), a Tinosa Plank Owner on on the left and the Executive Officer who later took command when Commander Brumsted retired.USN photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists ( Text courtesy of Marty Kilmer QM2 SS (Retired).
Tinosa75k1965 Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey with Captain, XO, honor guard at Portsmouth Naval Station, N.H.USN photo. Text courtesy of Marty Kilmer QM2 SS (Retired).
Tinosa73kCommemorative post card marking the commissioning of the Tinosa (SSN-606), 17 October 1964. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt & Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Tinosa284kDocked Dace (SSN-607) & Tinosa (SSN-606), sub base New London.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired). >
Tinosa22k Commemorative post card marking the Tinosa's (SSN-606) port visit to Port Everglades, Florida, 19 July 1979. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Tinosa512kThe Tinosa (SSN-606) in 1980 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.USN photo courtesy of Keith Weitemeyer.
Tinosa2.36kFourteen page PDF Deactivation pamphlet for the Tinosa (SSN-606), 10 May 1991. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tinosa150kStern view of the Tinosa (SSN-606) during a port visit to Frederiksted, St Croix, USVI in October 1981.Photo courtesy of Keith Weitemeyer.
Tinosa177kShort sentence sent says sails surfaced signed sincerely R.E. Fraile, last C.O.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tinosa21kCommemorative post card marking the decommissioning of the Tinosa (SSN-606), 15 January 1992. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Tinosa67k Commemorative post card marking the decommissioning of the Tinosa (SSN-606); and listing her last commanding officer, & dates of keel laying, launching, commissioning & decommissioning, 15 January 1992. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Tinosa2.42kTwenty four page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Tinosa (SSN-606), circa 1992. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tinosa1.70kEleven page PDF Decommissioning pamphlet for the Tinosa (SSN-606), 15 January 1992. USN photo 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 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 submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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Commanding Officers
01CDR. Brumsted, Robert Bernard, USN (USNA 1946)17.10.1964 - 12.02.1966 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Alexich, Milton Pivar, USN (USNA 1952) :RADM12.02.1966 - 25.03.1968
03CDR. Victor, Francis Ward, USN25.03.1968 - 08.04.1972
04CDR. Newton Jr., George Berryman, USN08.04.1972 - 09.12.1974
05CDR. Whelan Jr., John Francis, USN (USNA 1960)09.12.1974 - 29.04.1979
06CDR. Warn, Jon Christian, USN (USNA 1963)29.04.1979 - 11.02.1983
07CDR. Snyder Jr., Darrell Paul, USN (USNA 1965)11.02.1983 - 26.04.1986
08CDR. Almy II, John Hale, USN (USNA 1968)26.04.1986 - 19.12.1988
09CDR. Worthing III, Lewis Kendall, USN19.12.1988 - 19.10.1990
10CDR. Fraile, Robert Edward (Bob), USN19.10.1990 - 10.05.1991 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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