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Tautog (SSN-639)


Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 27 January 1964, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.; Launched, 15 March 1967; Commissioned, USS Tautog (SSN-639), 17 August 1968; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1997; Final Disposition, to be disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. 8 October 2002. Her sail is on permanent display at Seawolf Park, Galveston, TX.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,640 t., Submerged: 4,640 t.; Length 292' 3"; Beam 31' 8"; Draft 28' 8"; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 25 kts; Depth limit 1,300'; Complement 108; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes amidships aft of bow, MK 48 Torpedoes, UUM-44A SUBROC, UGM-84A/C Harpoon, MK 57 deep water mines, MK 60 CAPTOR mines; Combat Sensors, Radar, BPS-14/15 surface search, Sonars, BQQ-5 multi-function bow mounted, BQR-7 passive in submarines with BQQ-2, BQS-12 active 7, TB-16 or TB-23 towed array, EW Systems, WLQ-4(V), WLR-4(V), WLR-9 ; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one propeller, 15,000 shp.
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Commemorative19kCommemorative postal cover marking the Tautog's (SSN-639) launching at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS., 15 March 1967. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Submerged submarines520kTautog (SSN-639) goes Hawaiian, 23 September 1968.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/04/13.
Submerged submarines596kTautog (SSN-639) sails on February 1969.US Navy photo # NPC K-69214 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/04/13.
Submerged submarines388k Tautog (SSN-639) meets Alcatraz.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/04/13.
Submerged submarines463kSailors scenic sites.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 09/04/13.
Tautog645k A view of the replenishment oiler Roanoke (AOR-7) and the nuclear-powered attack submarine Tautog (SSN-639) tied up side by side 2 August 1982 at NAS Alameda California. Photo # DN-ST-82-10436 by PHAN Kathy Moss, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
Sturgeon Class43k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Jim Christley entitled "Trailing".
During the Cold War the US Naval Submarine Force was tasked with keeping tabs on Soviet Naval movements in particular, the Soviet Submarine Force. Submarines of the Sturgeon Class were well suited to this task and often trailed Soviet submarines for days reporting on their movements and recording noise signatures. In this image, such a trailing has turned into a close aboard encounter as a Soviet Viktor III Class has turned to port to check his baffles (to listen to see if anyone is immediately astern). A trailing Sturgeon has stopped his screw and gone quiet. Extending far behind the US submarine is its towed array sonar which assists in giving a clear picture of the oceanís acoustics
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Submerged submarines1.16k10 page Welcome Aboard the Tautog (SSN-639), circa 1984.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 09/04/13.
Tautog462k A bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Tautog (SSN-639) underway off the Virginia Capes on 1 February 1991.Photo # DN-ST-91-05695 by PHAN Kathy Moss, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
Tautog25kDarter (SS-576) in the foreground about to be sunk as a target by the Tautog (SSN-639), 7 January 1992.US Navy photo courtesy of diodon349.com.
Tautog65kTautog (SSN-639), underway off the Hawaiian Islands, date unknown.US Navy photo courtesy of ComSubGruNine Website.
Tautog64kUndated photo of the Tautog (SSN-639), passing under the Golden Gate bridge.Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Tautog90kUndated photo of the Tautog (SSN-639), leaving Pearl Harbor.US Navy photo courtesy of diodon349.com.
Tautog118kPortside view of the Tautog (SSN-639), underway.US Navy photo courtesy of ComSubGruNine Website.
Commemorative33kCommemorative postal cover marking the completion of scrapping of the Tautog (SSN-639) & Lapon (SSN-661) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. 31 August 2002.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Hurricane Ike359kThe aftermath on Seawolf Park [location of Stewart (DE-238) and Cavalla (SS-244)] from Hurricane Ike. The Stewart was partially refloated from her dry berth by the storm surge and was left in her current, listing position. It also appears that Cavalla was partially refloated out of her dry berth as well (since the waterline is far more exposed than before), and the sail from Tautog (SSN-639) was tipped over.U.S. Navy photo # N-6575H-603 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Chris Hoffpauir & submitted by Douglas Brown.
Hurricane Ike26kBow on view of Hurricane Ike's visit.Courtesy of images.chron.com.

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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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Album for USS Tautog SS 199 & SSN639
FAS--SSN-637 Sturgeon class

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