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Guardfish (SSN-612)


Thresher Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 13 February 1961, at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, NJ.; Launched, 15 May 1965; Commissioned, USS Guardfish (SSN-612), 20 December 1966; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 2 February 1992; 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., completed 9 July 1992.

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, BQR-5 bow mounted sonar, 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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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.
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.
Guardfish175kThe Guardfish's (SSN-612) sponsor, Mrs. Kenneth E. Belieu, wife of Assistant Secretary of Navy christens the boat on 15 May 1965. Text courtesy of DANFS.
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish226kThe Guardfish (SSN-612) stands on the beginning of the launching ways on 15 May 1965. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish211k Guardfish (SSN-612) launching ceremony at New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey on 15 May 1965.
The Pogy (SSN-647) is under construction to her left and would be launched on 3 June 1967.
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish81k The Guardfish (SSN-612) stands on the beginning of the launching ways on 15 May 1965. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Guardfish226kThe Guardfish (SSN-612) is ready to be moved to the fitting out dock after her launching as a tug stands by. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish71kGuardfish (SSN-612) sliding down the launching ways at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, NJ. 15 May 1965. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Guardfish122k Commemorative post mark of the launching of Guardfish (SSN-612) on 15 May 1965. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Guardfish30k Starboard beam view of the Guardfish (SSN-612) underway, probably during her alpha sea-trials off the Atlantic coast, 1965-66. Photo courtesy of New York Shipbuilding., yorkship.home.comcast.net.
Guardfish108kPort side view of the Guardfish (SSN-612) underway, probably during her alpha sea-trials off the Atlantic coast, 1965-66. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Guardfish433kSix page instruction in steps necessary in preparing for a visit by VADM Rickover to the Guardfish (SSN-612) in 1966. She was likely going on builders trials in August 1966. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish83k The Guardfish (SSN-612) lies under a blanket of snow waiting commissioning at the New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden N.J., 20 December 1966. USN photo.
Guardfish23k Commemorative post card marking the commissioning of the Guardfish (SSN-612), 20 December 1966. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Guardfish33k Commemorative post mark of the Panama Canal Transit of Guardfish (SSN-612) on 8 September 1967. USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Guardfish23k Guardfish (SSN-612) in dry dock late 1967. Courtesy of Stan Nove / USS Guardfish web page.
Guardfish109k A brief operational history of the Guardfish (SSN-612) from 1965 - 1982. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guardfish505kCold War adventures, May 1972.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish345kThe Guardfish (SSN-612) is grounded somewhere at sometime.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish368kA small helping hand arrives.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish240kA row of buoys show in the background as more help arrives.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Plunger 192k Four Thresher Class boats exercise on 20 May 1968:
Plunger (SSN-595), Barb (SSN-596), Guardfish (SSN-612) & Flasher (SSN-613).
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Plunger 345k Four Thresher Class boats exercise on 20 May 1968 in color:
Plunger (SSN-595), Barb (SSN-596), Guardfish (SSN-612) & Flasher (SSN-613).
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Guardfish & Daniel Webster37k Guardfish (SSN-612) and the Daniel Webster (SSBN-626), in the Panama Canal, 14 March 1970. We were heading back to Pearl after the shipyard in Miss. If I remember right this was the only time two nukes were in the canal at one time. It was some kind of a first. Courtesy of Jeff Kelly / USS Guardfish web page. Partial text info courtesy of Skip Spahr, TM02 (SS.)
Guardfish946kThe Guardfish (SSN-612) off the coast of Hawaii, date unknown. Photo was reprinted by Mare Island photo shop in July 1975, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 12/14/13.
Guardfish21kCommander Garland H. Kanady, Jr. graduated from Dartmouth College in 1960 and was assigned directly to Submarine School. He served for two and one half years in Catfish (SS-339) until he entered the Nuclear Power Program in October 1963. After nuclear power training he served for three years in Skate (SSN-578), for two years as Engineer Officer at the S1C Nuclear Power Training Unit in Windsor, Connecticut, and for two years as Navigator and Operations Officer in Aspro (SSN-648). Before taking command of Guardfish (SSN-612) in July 1975, he served as executive officer of Henry Clay (SSBN-625) (Gold).
During his tour as commanding officer, Guardfish went through a refueling/SUBSAFE overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, completing her first dive to full test depth in 1977. She also completed a successful deployment to WESTPAC and conducted special operations with one of the first digital sonar systems to deploy in the Pacific. After leaving Guardfish in February 1979, Commander Kanady served in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense before retiring from the Navy in 1986.
U.S. Navy Photograph submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Guardfish101k Guardfish (SSN-612) is seen in dry dock 1 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 28 September 1983. She was in overhaul at the yard from 3 October 1983 until 20 August 1985.
Note: The X's marked on her side are to check for a Radiation survey. Yard checked areas of the hull when it dry docked ships to make sure there was no radioactive contamination.
USN photo # 199009-9-83, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guardfish79k Guardfish (SSN-612) is seen in dry dock 1 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 28 September 1983. USN photo # 199009-10-83, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guardfish954k Guardfish (SSN-612) off Point Loma in this undated photo. USN photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Guardfish36k The Guardfish (SSN-612) is shown arriving at Mare Island for overhaul in mid September 1983. She was in overhaul from 3 October 1983 to 20 August 1985. She received an upgraded BQQ-5 sonar and a MK 117 Fire Control system during the overhaul. The tug DeKaury (YTM-178) is assisting Guardfish to her berth. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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):
Barbel (SS-580):
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) David Johnston, USNR.
Guardfish384k A lieutenant mans the periscope in the control room aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Guardfish (SSN-612), 1 February 1987. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-90-07857, by PH1 Harry Gerwien, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Guardfish544k A petty officer climbs up a ladder to the deck of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Guardfish (SSN-612), 1 February 1987. Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-ST-90-07856, by PH1 Harry Gerwien, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Guardfish46k Promotional photo of Guardfish (SSN-612) off of Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Courtesy of Dan Demmons / USS Guardfish web page.
Guardfish105k Clipping from the 20 February 1992 edition of the "Salute", Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's newspaper showing crew members of the Guardfish (SSN-612) folding the flag for the last time during decommissioning ceremonies at the shipyard on 4 February 1992. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guardfish64kPort side view of the Guardfish (SSN-612) underway, date & location unknown. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guardfish127k Commemorative post mark of the decommissioning of Guardfish (SSN-612) on 04 February 1992 at Naval Submarine Base at Bremerton, WA. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Higgins54kCDR. Paul M. Higgins was the last Commanding Officer of the Guardfish (SSN-612) serving from 9 November 1990 to 2 February 1992. He served as the Commanding Officer of the Lafayette (SSBN-616) (Blue) crew from 1989 to 1990 prior to his assignment aboard the Guardfish.Photo courtesy of the USS Guardfish website via Bill Gonyo.
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 home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
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 & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.

View the Guardfish (SSN-612)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Guardfish
FAS - SSN-594 Permit Class


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