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Sea Devil (SSN-664)


Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 12 April 1966, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.: Launched, 5 October 1967; Commissioned, USS Sea Devil (SSN-664), 28 June 1968; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 16 October 1991; Final Disposition, entered the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 1 March 1998, completed program, 7 September 1999.

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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Sea Devil63kThe Sea Devil (SSN-664) at sea, five months after commissioning, 20 November 1968. Courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, photo by Nixon.
Sea Devil125kSea Devil (SSN-664), underway, possibly during her seatrials off the Virginia coast, 1968. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
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.
Sea Devil58kSea Devil (SSN-664), inbound off Virginia Capes. Mar 69. Photo copyright AFS / Nobe Smith, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Bluefish38kBluefish (SSN-675),(outboard) & Sea Devil (SSN-664) at D&S Piers Norfolk, VA. 1975.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Sea Devil 90k Sea Devil (SSN-664), Hammerhead (SSN-663) and Ray (SSN-653), three Sturgeon class (SSN-637) subs at pier 22, Norfolk VA. 1975. Sub tender L.Y. Spear (AS-36) is on the starboard side of the Sea Devil. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Sea Devil13kSea Devil (SSN-664), entering harbor of Portsmouth, England, May 1980. Courtesy of CDR M.J. Holden via tripod.com.
Sea Devil384k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Sea Devil (SSN-664), underway off the Virginia Capes, 1 February 1991. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SN-82-09744, by PH2 J. Vinson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
North Pole83k U.S. and British sailors explore the Arctic ice cap while conducting the first U.S./British coordinated surfacing at the North Pole. The ships are, left to right: the nuclear-powered attack submarine Sea Devil (SSN-664), the fleet submarine HMS Superb (S-109) , and the nuclear-powered attack submarine Billfish (SSN-676), 18 May 1987. Official U.S. Navy Photograph photo # DN-ST-87-09889, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Sea Devil89 U.S. and British sailors explore the Arctic ice cap while conducting the first U.S./British coordinated surfacing at the North Pole. The ships are, left to right: the nuclear-powered attack submarine Sea Devil (SSN-664), the fleet submarine HMS Superb (S-109) , and the nuclear-powered attack submarine Billfish (SSN-676), 18 May 1987. Official U.S. Navy Photograph photo # DN-ST-87-09888, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
PSNSY 683k An aerial view of a section of the Ship Intermediate Maintenance Facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 17 May 1993. One submarine tender and 16 decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are shown including the Seawolf (SSN-575); six George Washington, and Lafayette class SSBN's (with their missile sections cut out) plus several Skate, Skipjack, Permit and Sturgeon class SSN's. All are awaiting scrapping.
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583) , Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598),Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-95-01863, by Calvin Larsen, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston (USN).
PSNSY291k"Sign of the times." March 1994 photo of Nuclear submarines at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard waiting in line for scrapping.
Top row left to right are Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Seawolf (SSN-575) Plunger (SSN-595), Shark (SSN-591), Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636), Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) alongside Sperry (AS-12), with Triton (SSRN-586) across the pier from the Sperry .
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583) , Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598),Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
There are so many submarines at PSNSY that the yard is running out of pier space.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

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