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Patch at left contributed by Ric Hedman, at center by Jack Treutle, at right by Mike Smolinski

Flasher (SSN-613)


Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Romeo - Tango

Thresher Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 14 April 1961, at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 22 June 1963; Commissioned, USS Flasher (SSN-613), 22 July 1966; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 26 May 1992; Final Disposition, disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program (NPSSRP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 11 May 1994.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,540 t., Submerged: 4,200 t.; Length 292'; 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.
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.
Flasher22kNameplate of the Flasher (SSN-613) being engraved 14 April 1961, at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher 567k EB photo of Flasher (SSN-613) (left) and Tecumseh (SSBN-628) are seen on the building ways at General Dynamics Electric Boat on 21 June 1963. They would be launched simultaneously on the following day. Photo courtesy of Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 10/04/12.
Flasher273k The Flasher (SSN-613) slides down the launching ways at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner / Boston Herald.
Flasher117kTecumsah (SSBN-628) (top) and Flasher (SSN-613) (bottom) going down the ways together, 22 June 1963 at Electric Boat in Groton CT. This is the only twin launching of Nuclear Powered submarines from the same yard. Also on the same day Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) was launched from Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) was launched from Newport News, VA. shipyard.Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher97k Commissioning of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tecumseh222kCover of the dual launching program for the Tecumsah (SSBN-628) (top) and Flasher (SSN-613) at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Flasher74k Commemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher56k Commemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) honoring the principal speaker at her lauching, the former captain of the Flasher (SS-249), Commander George W. Grider, at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher68k Commemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) detailing the background of her commanding officer, Commander Kenneth M. Carr, at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher60k Commemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) detailing the background of her executive officer, LTCD Harold A. Glovier, JR, at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher60k Commemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) crew at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher25kCommemorative post card marking the launching of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 June 1963. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Flasher16k Letter from the CNO, David L. McDonald, to the PCO of the Flasher (SSN-613) Commander Kenneth M. Carr, 15 July 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher26kCommemorative commissioning cover of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 July 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher37kCommemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 July 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher28kCommemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 July 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher43kCommemorative commissioning page of the Flasher (SSN-613) detailing the history of her forebearer's namesake Flasher (SS-249) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 July 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher34kCommemorative facts page of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 July 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher16k Flasher (SSN-613) sponsor, Mrs. Paul B. Fay, JR. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher24kCommemorative post card marking the commissioning of the Flasher (SSN-613) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 22 July 1966. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Service - Decommissioning
Flasher56k Commemorative post mark of the Panama Canal transit of Flasher (SSN-613), 9 September 1966. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Flasher57kPhoto of the crews mess aboard the Flasher (SSN-613). The view is looking forward. The table directly below the battle flag was the chiefs table. The bulkhead that the flag is hanging on separates the crews mess from the scullery and galley. The crew's mess was on the second platform deck starboard side in the operations compartment. The crew's movie 16mm projector in on the table. There were 6 tables in the crew's mess seating 6 people at a time. Circa 1966. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher32k The Flasher (SSN-613) at Pearl Harbor, probably circa mid 1960's. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Flasher45kFlasher (SSN-613), off Diamond Head,Hawaii in September 1966.Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher65kFlasher (SSN-613), docking at the Sierra 10 mooring in front of COMSUBPAC for the first time. Fresh from new construction and commissioning and having just made her first Panama Canal transit. (I'm just to the right of the right hand hula dancers hip, almost off the page). Photo is the Cover of the November 1966 issue of Polaris magazine. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Flasher142k Flasher (SSN-613) entering Pearl Harbor for the first time. The date is mid-September of 1966. It took a while for us to round Diamond Head and get into Pearl because there was a huge burial at sea for the famous Hawaiian singer and musician Alfred Apaka off Waikiki. Courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS)USS Flasher SSN 613 Plankowner.
Plunger 192k Four Thresher Class boats exercise on 20 May 1968:
Plunger (SSN-595), Barb (SSN-596), Guardfish (SSN-612) & Flasher (SSN-613).
USN 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).
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Flasher41k Flasher (SSN-613) off Oahu, Hawaii on 12 October 1971. USN photo # 19373, courtesy of Darry Baker. Photo was published by Subase Pearl Harbor Photo Lab.
Haddock & Flasher376kHaddock (SSN-621) & Flasher (SSN-613) at the Sub Base pier in Pearl Harbor during the summer of 1974. Photo courtesy of Allan Kozak.
Flasher 2.70m Flasher (SSN-613) Welcome Aboard PDF's of 1978 & 1983. PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Flasher819k Flasher (SSN-613) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.USN photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Barb 261k San Diego, May 1983: Barb (SSN-596) tied up inboard of Flasher (SSN-613) at Dixon pier (so named because that was the pier where the Dixon (AS-37) always tied up.) Photo taken from the deck of the sub tender Sperry (AS-12). Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Darter, Flasher & Swordfish364kSwordfish (SSN-579), Flasher (SSN-613) & Darter (SS-576) alongside at Subic Bay Naval Station, February, 1986. It was pretty unusual to see three boats moored abreast in those days, much less three distinct generations of submarine design. Photo by Dave Johnston.
Darter, Flasher & Swordfish62kSwordfish (SSN-579), Flasher (SSN-613) & Darter (SS-576) alongside at Subic Bay Naval Station, June, 1986. Photo by Dave Johnston.
Flasher86kFlasher (SSN-613), underway, date and place unknown.USN photo.
Flasher66k Commemorative post mark of the decommissioning of Flasher (SSN-613), 18 June 1991. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Inactivation Ceremony Program
Flasher113k Front Cover of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program, held at the US Naval Submarine Base, Point Loma, San Diego, CA on 18 June 1991. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher79k Page 1 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher78k Page 2 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher79k Page 3 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher90k Page 4 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher90k Page 5 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher75k Page 6 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program on 18 June 1991.
She is pictured here during her commissioning on 22 July 1966. Among the submarines in the background is the Hardhead (SS-365).
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher72k Page 7 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are her Commissioning crew officers.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher122k Page 8 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are her non-coms & crew.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher76k Page 9 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here is her WW II battleflag.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher92k Page 10 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are the names of her former commanding officers.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher130k Page 11 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher149k Page 12 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher91k Page 13 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher106k Page 14 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher75k Page 15 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher63k Page 16 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher61k Page 17 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are her officers on deck.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher85k Page 18 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are her non-coms & crew.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher80k Page 19 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are highlights of her career.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher70k Page 20 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here are highlights of her career.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher62k Page 21 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here is the WW II Flasher (SS-249) underway and her total score card of ships sunk & damaged.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher71k Page 22 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher79k Page 23 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here is the WW II Flasher (SS-249) and her total score card of ships sunk & damaged.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher94k Page 24 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
Pictured here is the Flasher's (SS-249) crew on parade after the war.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher73k Page 25 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
She is pictured here off the coast of Hawaii.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher52k Page 26 of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program. Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Flasher51kBack cover of the Flasher's (SSN-613) Inactivation Ceremony Program.
She is pictured situated behind a palm tree, similar to the 1920's Navy photographer Tai Sing Loo, who often set his pictures up in this manner.
Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Tolling The Boats 669k Active duty and veteran submariners stand together at the 29th annual "Tolling The Boats" Memorial Service held at the World War II National Submarine Memorial-West, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. 29 May 2006. The ceremony honored members of the Silent Service who gave their lives during World War II and the Cold War for their country and the cause of freedom.
On 7 May 1963 at the Electric Boat Shipyard, Groton, Conn. A fire occurred aboard the Flasher (SSN-613), killing three and injuring two. Damage to the submarine is reportedly negligible. The fire occurred in the trimming tank of the boat, five weeks before launching.
USN photo # N-1159B-052 by Journalist 1st Class Brian Brannon, courtesy of navy.news.mil. Partial text courtesy of navysite.de.
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.

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