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Aspro (SSN-648)

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 23 November 1964, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS.; Launched, 29 November 1967; Commissioned, USS Aspro (SSN-648), 20 February 1969; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1995; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 3 November 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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Aspro413kThe Aspro (SSN-648) was sponsored by Mrs. Robert Hayes Burns Baldwin. Her husband was the chairman of Morgan Stanley when the bank was taken public in the 1970s. He is noted for significantly expanding the wealth of the firm during his tenure there. He was also appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be the Undersecretary of the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Photo of Robert H. B. Baldwin in 1977. He was credited with pulling the firm out of its white-shoe rut.
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Photo courtesy of Neal Boenzi &
Aspro650kAspro (SSN-648) goes Hawaiian, circa 1970-1971. Photo courtesy of Richard Albright, GMG3, via Fred Willshaw.
Aspro47kAspro (SSN-648), entering Pearl Harbor during the early 70's.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Aspro136kAnother photo behind the palm trees that every submarine seems to pass is the fate of the Aspro (SSN-648), as she enters Pearl Harbor, circa 1980. Note the small private plane above the trees. Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Aspro1.91kWelcome Aboard the Aspro (SSN-648) PDF, circa 1980.PDF courtesy of Scott Koen &
Aspro26kThe sail of the Aspro (SSN-648) at the North Pole on 20 November 1982 during a winter rendezvous with Tautog (SSN-639), visible in the background. This meeting was detailed in the December 1983 All Hands article on page 20 Rendezvous at the North Pole in 1982.USN photo courtesy of Arctic Submarine Laboratory &
Link courtesy of Ken Olsen.
Sturgeon Class43kOil 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.
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Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
558k The Golden Gate & Aspro (SSN-648) photo signed by former CO J.C. Warthin. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Aspro2.6mA sketch of Aspro (SSN-648) in Mare Island's dry dock #1 in 1989 by crew member MM1/SS Kenneth Olsen. The structures on either side of her hull are environmental enclosures used primary for installation and repair of sound-absorbing rubber tiles (special hull treatment). USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Aspro136kThe floating drydock Competent (AFDM-6) starts flooding to re-float Aspro (SSN-648) at Pearl Harbor, April 1992.USN photo courtesy of Scott Weeks.
Aspro135kAspro (SSN-648), crew photo taken while she was up on keel blocks in Competent (AFDM-6), at Pearl Harbor, February to April 1992. USN photo courtesy of Scott Weeks.
Aspro118kCompetent (AFDM-6), flooding to refloat Aspro (SSN-648) at Pearl Harbor, April 1992.USN photo courtesy of Scott Weeks.
Aspro780kAspro (SSN-648) at Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Aspro2.68kChange of Command & Inactivation Ceremony PDF for the Aspro (SSN-648) at Pearl Harbor, 23 September 1994. PDF courtesy of Scott Koen &
Haddock31kHaddock (SSN-621), at top, followed by Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Aspro (SSN-648), Bergall (SSN-667) and Silversides (SSN-679) at bottom, awaiting scrapping at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2000.Photo courtesy of Don Shelton.

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Wight, Roy Ryan, USN (USNA 1954)20.02.1969 - 28.07.1971 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Harris, Robert Henry, USN (USNA 1956)28.07.1971 - 31.12.1973
03CDR. Wagner, Edward Francis, USN (USNA 1960)31.12.1973 - 30.07.1977
04CDR. Warthin, Jonathan Carver, USN (USNA 1962)30.07.1977 - 21.11.1980
05CDR. Gustavson, Fred Perry, USN (USNA 1965) :RADM21.11.1980 - 10.11.1983
06CDR. Martin, Michael Dean, USN (USNA 1967)10.11.1983 - 10.05.1986
07CDR. Etter, Thomas Harold, USN (USNA 1969)10.05.1986 - 27.05.1989
08CDR. Borchardt, John Andrew (Andy), USN27.05.1989 - 21.02.1992
09CDR. Willy, James Michael, USN (USNA 1976)21.02.1992 - 23.09.1994
10CDR. Sauls, Mitchell Keith, USN (USNA 1978)23.09.1994 - 31.03.1995 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Aspro (SSN-648) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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