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Pogy (SSN-647)


Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 5 May 1964, at New York Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ; Launched, 3 June 1967; Contract canceled, 5 June 1967; Laid up at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.; Contract reassigned to Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS., 7 December 1967; Completed at Pascagoula, MS.; Commissioned, USS Pogy (SSN-647), 15 May 1971; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 11 June 1999; Final Disposition, disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program (NPSSRP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 12 April 2000.

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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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.
Photo added 09/18/10.
Pogy102kThe Pogy (SSN-647) is ready for her launching at New York Ship on 2 Jun 1967.
Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy88kMrs. George H. Wales, wife of the first commanding officer of Pogy (SS-266) now RADM George J. Wales, USN(ret), christens the Pogy (SSN-647) at New York Ship on 3 Jun 1967.
Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy171kThe Pogy (SSN-647) is seen going down the building ways at New York Ship on 3 Jun 1967.
Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy133kA colored print of the WWII era Pogy (SS-266), with her nuclear powered namesake Pogy (SSN-647).
Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy18kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Pogy's (SSN-647) commissioning, 15 May 1971 at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pogy64kSailors assigned to the Line Handing Crew onboard the Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine, Pogy (SSN-647) heave to on the mooring lines, as the ship conducts mooring operations after arriving at Pearl Harbor having been commissioned on 15 May 1971.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-001, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
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 ocean's acoustics
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Pogy215kPogy (SSN-647) moored at NAS North Island on 22 July 1984. Ship had just arrived from transit from Mare Island. The ship had undergone an overhaul at Mare Island from July 1980 to December 1981. After the overhaul, she was assigned to Submarine Development Group One as a Special Projects boat, homeported at Mare Island. In April 1984, she was reassigned to Submarine Group Five in San Diego and made the transit to San Diego in July 1984. Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Pogy138kPogy (SSN-647) anchored out off Darwin, Australia, while on Westpac in 1985.
Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Pogy130kPogy (SSN-647) anchored out off Darwin, Australia, while on Westpac in 1985.
Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Pogy241k Aerial stern starboard view of the Pogy (SSN-647) underway in the Pacific Ocean just outside San Diego, California, 10 May 1995. The Sturgeon-class submarine is the second ship named after a trout found in Lake Tahoe, California.
U.S. Navy Photo # DN-SC-04-09133, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pogy10kCommemorative post mark from the Pogy (SSN-647) as she started out for the North Pole from San Diego on 27 August 1996.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pogy12kCommemorative post mark from the Pogy (SSN-647) as she arrived at the North Pole on 19 September 1996.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pogy232k Surfaced through ice too thin for a full ice camp, the U.S. Navy's attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647), provides a base of operations for her scientists and crew members to conduct research, 5 November 1996. The red tent on the hull provides environmental protection and a space to conduct more delicate experiments. Pogy returned to Hawaii November 12 after a 45-day research mission to the North Pole. The second of five planned deployments through the year 2000, Pogy embarked a team of researchers led by Mr. Ray Sambrotto of Columbia University. During the several thousand mile trek, the submarine collected data on the chemical, biological, and physical properties of the Arctic Ocean, and conducted experiments on the geophysics, ice mechanics, and pollution detection. For this voyage, a portion of the submarine's torpedo room was converted into laboratory space. However, the ship was never removed as a front-line warship.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-011, by Photographer's Mate Second Class Steven H. Vanderwerff, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy128kColumbia University scientist Jay Ardie works to decant deep water samples from Nisken bottles hanging in a temporary enclosure on the deck of the attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647).
DoD photo # N-4482V-009, by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven H. Vanderwerff & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy10kCommemorative post mark from the Pogy (SSN-647) as she returned to San Diego from her visit to the North Pole on 26 November 1996.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pogy93k Crew members at the controls of the submarine Pogy (SSN-647) during a scientific expedition to the arctic on 23 September 1997.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-011, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy79kSanta Claus waves from the arctic during the submarine Pogy's (SSN-647) scientific expedition.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-013, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy95k During an Arctic sunrise on board the U.S. Navy's attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647), Jay Simpkins (far left), a scientist with the Oregon State University, collects water samples, while Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Mark Cronley (foreground) stands watch as a safety observer on boats deck. The second of five planned deployments through the year 2000, Pogy embarked a team of researchers led by Mr. Ray Sambrotto of Columbia University.
U.S. Navy photo # N-4482V-012 by Photographer's Mate Second Class Steven H. Vanderwerff, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy337kCrew members from the U.S. Navy's attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647) assemble a topside deck enclosure to provide protection from the elements while water samples are collected and cataloged.
U.S. Navy photo # N-4482V-001 by Photographer's Mate Second Class Steven H. Vanderwerff, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy259kU.S. Navy Sonar Technician Second Class Daniel Bergman wears protective headgear while exploring the harsh arctic environment of the North pole, 5 November 1996.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-006, by Photographer's Mate Second Class Steven H. Vanderwerff, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy400kThe U.S. Navy's attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647) surfaces through 18 inches of Arctic ice. Standing lookout and perched high on the sail of the boat is Radioman Second Class Mark Sisson. While personnel are out on the ice, a lookout is continuously posted to scan the horizon for polar bear activity.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-005, by Photographer's Mate Second Class Steven H. Vanderwerff, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy156kNavy tug C-Tractor 9 helps the Pogy (SSN-647) at Naval Submarine Base San Diego after returning from Scientific Exercise O'96. The Pogy and her crew spent 50 days underneath the arctic ice cap during a 93-day planned deployment.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4142G-009, by Photographer's Mate Second Class 2nd Class Felix Garza,courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy348kScientists embarked on board the U.S. Navy attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647), lower a Nisken Bottle through a hole in the Arctic Ice to collect deep water samples, 5 Nov 1996.U.S. Navy Photo # DN-SD-01-00282, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pogy207k Sunset looms over scientists and crew of the submarine Pogy (SSN-647) during a scientific expedition to the Arctic on 23 September 1997.
U.S. Navy Photo # N-4482V-004, courtesy of navy.news.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Pogy139kPogy (SSN-647), underway, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo courtesy of COMSUBGRU NINE web site.
Pogy392kUndated starboard quarter view of the Pogy (SSN-647) underway.U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Pogy634kU.S. Navy's nuclear fast-attack submarine Pogy (SSN-647) underway in this undated photo.Photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker. Photo added 06/30/09.
Pogy70kFirst day cover marking the inactivation of the Pogy (SSN-647) on 19 Nov 1998. Note cancellation stamp from the McKee (AS-41).
Photo courtesy of The Vallejo Naval Historical Museum, submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Pogy95k The forward control station aboard a typical U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine (possibly) the Pogy (SSN-647), James K. Polk (SSBN-645), Sand Lance (SSN-660), or Hawkbill (SSN-666) of the Cold War era, showing the ballast control panel, the helm and bow plane controls, is displayed as part of the exhibition which opened 12 April 2000 to the public at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
U.S. Navy photo # N-5670G-001 by Alan P. Goldstein, Navy Office of Information.
James K. Polk76k A full-scale mock-up of a typical nuclear-powered submarine's maneuvering room (possibly) James K. Polk (SSBN-645), Pogy (SSN-647), Sand Lance (SSN-660), or Hawkbill (SSN-666) in which the ship's engineers control the power plant and electrical and steam systems is displayed as part of the submarine exhibit which opened 12 April 2000 to the public at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
The maneuvering room control panels were significantly modified (read: declassified) for public exhibit.
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Tim Altevogt, courtesy of the Navy Office of Information.
Text courtesy of Paul F. Johnston, Ph.D. Curator of Maritime History.
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