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Gurnard (SSN-662)
Sea Trials & Commissioning


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Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 22 December 1964, at Mare Island Naval Shipbuilding, Vallejo, CA.: Launched, 20 May 1967; Commissioned, USS Gurnard (SSN-662), 6 December 1968; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1995; Final Disposition, disposed of through the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 15 October 1997.

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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Gurnard1.30k The Gurnard (SSN-662) during her shakedown trials.Photo courtesy of ssn583.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Gurnard1.20kGurnard (SSN-662) during her shakedown trials. Photo courtesy courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Gurnard95kBow on view of the Gurnard (SSN-662) passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, possibly during her sea-trials, 1967-68. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Gurnard484kGurnard (SSN-662) with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, possibly during her sea-trials, 1967-68. Photo courtesy courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Gurnard1.40kRippling wind blows during the commissioning ceremonies aboard the Gurnard (SSN-662) on 6 December 1968.U.S. Navy photo # 88180-12-68, contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Gurnard32kNews clipping from the 6 December 1968 edition of Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper. The Gurnard (SSN-662) is seen returning to Mare Island Naval Shipyard after her initial sea trails.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Gurnard1.70kMrs. George P. Miller (Sponsor) is presented a ship plaque by CDR William Cole (Commanding Officer) after the commissioning of the Gurnard (SSN-662) at Mare Island on 6 December 1968. RADM Walter I. Small (COMSUBPAC) is to the right.USN photo # 88182-12-68 TH, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
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Gurnard54kNews clipping from the 7 December 1968 edition of the Napa Register. Caption reads: RADM N. Frankenberger, center, Commander of Mare Island, makes opening remarks at the commissioning of the Gurnard (SSN-662) Friday morning at the shipyard. At left is CDR William S. Cole, Jr., Commanding Officer of the Gurnard. Seated are RADM Walter L. Small, COMSUBPAC and Mrs. George P. Miller, the ships' Sponsor.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Gurnard1.80kNews clipping from the 7 December 1968 edition of the Napa Register. Caption reads: The crew of Gurnard (SSN-662) stands at attention atop the nuclear-powered submarine following the raising of the flag at commissioning ceremonies Friday morning at Mare Island.USN photo # 88180-12-68 TH courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
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Gurnard1.20kNews clipping from the 13 December 1968 edition of Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper. Photo taken at the reception following the commissioning of Gurnard (SSN-662) at Mare Island. Left to right: R. P. Metzger (Naval Reactors Representative), W. Sterling Cole (father of the Gurnard's skipper), CDR William S. Cole, Jr. (Commanding Officer) Gurnard, Mrs. George P. Miller (Sponsor), and Congressman Miller.USN photo # 88186-12-68 TH courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 06/12/12.
Gurnard38kNews clipping from the 13 December 1968 edition of Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper. Commissioning pennant raised aboard Gurnard (SSN-662) during her commissioning ceremonies at Mare Island on 6 December 1968.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Gurnard228kCommissioning pamphlet from the Gurnard (SSN-662). Photo from the collection of CWO 4 Benton E. Buell, USN, courtesy of David Buell.
Gurnard177kGurnard (SSN-662) commissioning cachet, 6 December 1968.Photo courtesy courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Gurnard621k Newspaper article from The Periscope", the station newspaper of Naval Submarine Base, San Diego on the arrival of the Gurnard (SSN-662), 1 March 1969.Photo courtesy of David Buell.

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