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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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Aspro650kAspro (SSN-648) goes Hawaiian, circa 1970-1971. Photo courtesy of Richard Albright, GMG3, via Fred Willshaw.
Photo added 07/27/12.
Aspro47kAspro (SSN-648), entering Pearl Harbor during the early 70's.Courtesy of John Hummel.
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 US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Aspro1.91kWelcome Aboard the Aspro (SSN-648) PDF, circa 1980.PDF courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Aspro26kThe sail of the Aspro (SSN-648) at the North Pole in 1982.
USN photo courtesy of Arctic Submarine Laboratory & csp.navy.mil.
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.
Aspro2.6mA sketch of Aspro (SSN-648) in Mare Island's dry dock #1 in 1987. The sketch was done in May 1989 about the time she departed the shipyard after overhaul. 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). US Navy 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.
US Navy 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. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Weeks.
Aspro118kCompetent (AFDM-6), flooding to refloat Aspro (SSN-648) at Pearl Harbor, April 1992.
US Navy 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 & ussnewyork.com.
Haddock31kHaddock (SSN-621), at top, followed by Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Aspro (SSN-648), Bergal (SSN-667) and Silversides (SSN-679) at bottom, awaiting scrapping at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 2000.Photo courtesy of Don Shelton.

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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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

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