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Hawkbill (SSN-666)


Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 12 September 1966, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 12 April 1969; Commissioned, USS Hawkbill (SSN-666), 4 February 1971; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 15 March 2000; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. in December 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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Hawkbill134k RADM J. H. McQuilin, Shipyard Commander (on the left) speaks during the keel laying ceremony of Hawkbill (SSN-666), at Mare Island on 12 September 1966. In the center of the photo are the Honorary Keel Layers, Capt D. T. Holmes, shipyard Production Officer & LT W. J. Cox, CHC. The first section of Hawkbill is to the right. It is lying horizontal before placed on the building ways. USN photo # 74545-9-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill101kRADM J. H. McQuilin, Shipyard Commander stamps his initials on the keel plate of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) at Mare Island on 12 September 1966.USN photo # 74549-9-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill128k The Honorary Keel Layers are seen with the Commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard after he authenticated the keel of Hawkbill (SSN-666) at Mare Island on 12 September 1966. Pictured from left to right are: John Reza, Head of Shop 31; Selwin E. Carlson, Head of the Administration Division; Anna M Krisha (Senior employee of the Shipyard at the time) Head, Retirement and Insurance Section; RADM J. H. McQuilin, Shipyard Commander; and L. E. Schmidt, Metal Trade Council Representative. USN photo # 74550-9-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill107kThe authenticated keel plate of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 12 September 1966. USN photo # 74551-9-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Gurnard753kView of the Christening of Gurnard (SSN-662), 20 May 1967. The Hawkbill (SSN-666) is under construction to the left. Navy Photo # 77754-5-67, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill90kNewsclipping from the 4 April 1969 edtion of the Mare Island newspaper showing the Sponsor of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) Mrs. Bernard F. Roeder. Mrs Roeder was the wife of VADM B. F. Roeder, Commander of the First Fleet. Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.80kThe official party arrives at the building ways for the launching of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) on 12 April 1969. Mrs B. F. Roeder (Sponsor) is escorted by RADM N. Frankenberger (shipyard commander) and they are followed by Mrs. Adam Musto (matron of honor) and Asst. Secretary of Navy Frank P. Sanders (primary speaker). The Combat System School color guard is to the right. USN photo # 90935A-4-69 TH, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.10kBow view of Hawkbill (SSN-666) seen on the morning of her launching at Mare Island on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90932-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.30kStern view of Hawkbill (SSN-666) seen on the morning of her launching at Mare Island on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90933-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill445kMrs. Bernard F. Roeder, Sponsor of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) is seen christening the ship on 12 April 1969 at Mare Island. Others in the photo are from left to right; Mrs Adam Musto, Matron of Honor; RADM Norbert Frankenberger, Commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard; unidentifed Navy Captain, and Mrs B. F. Roeder. USN photo # 90994-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill726kMrs. B. F. Roeder, sponsor of the Hawkbill (SSN-666), shortly after christening the submarine at Mare Island on 12 April 1969. She is flanked by RADM N. Frankenberger (shipyard commander) and Mrs. Adam Musto (Matron of Honor).USN photo # 90995-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill62kNewsclipping from the 12 April 1969 edition of the Napa Register showing the Hawkbill (SSN-666) on the building ways prior to her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 12 April 1969. USN Photo # 90945-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.10k Hawkbill (SSN-666) is at the end of the ways during her launching at Mare Island on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90947-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill65kThe Hawkbill (SSN-666) is seen entering the water for the first during her launching at Mare Island on 12 April 1969.USN photo # 90949-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.00k Hawkbill (SSN-666) is in mid channel after her launching at Mare Island on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90950-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.10k Hawkbill (SSN-666) in mid channel being assisted to dry dock by tugs Dekaury (YTM-178)(SSN-666) and YTL-435 on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90952-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.50k Hawkbill (SSN-666) in mid channel being assisted to dry dock by tugs Dekaury (YTM-178) , YTL-435 left and YTL-434 (right) on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90953-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill735k Hawkbill (SSN-666) is being assisted into dry dock by tugs Dekaury (YTM-178) and Satanta (YTM-270) (right) on 12 April 1969.USN Photo # 90954-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.10kOfficial launching party for Hawkbill (SSN-666) at the reception after her launching at Mare Island on April 12, 1969. Left to right Standing: Russell Tye, Capt. Adrianse (Shipyard Production Officer), RADM Fahy (NavSea), Frank Sanders, Radm Frankenberger (Shipyard Commander), VADM Roeder, Capt. Mayer, CDR Filmer (Chaplain). Seated: Mrs. Tye, Mrs. Mayer, Mrs. Bernard F. Roeder (Sponsor), Mrs. Frankenberger, Mrs. Adam Musto (Matron of Honor) and Mrs. Adrianse. USN Photo # 90957-4-69, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill172kThe Hawkbill (SSN-666) is seen at her outfitting dock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in March 1970. The original 35mm slide scanned courtesy of By Design, Benicia, CA. Photo taken from the Vallejo side of the Mare Island Channel by Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill61kScene of the commissioning ceremonies of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 4 February 1971. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill663kCrew members of first Hawkbill (SS-364) at the reception following the commissioning of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) at Mare Island: Seated Bill Williams, Douglas Y. Nichols, CDR C. H. Brown (Commanding Officer, Hawkbill, C. F. Franfurt, Kenneth H. Meuser. Rear row: Robert High, Eric Schroder, Gover S. Melson, Bill Munson, Robert Guidi, Rex L. Murphy, Joe Petrosky, Dick Jackson and Joseph A. Kail. USN photo # 102435-2-71_TH, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill80k The Builder's Plate of the Hawkbill (SSN-666). USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill851kCDR Christopher H. Brown, USN, Skipper of the newly commissioned submarine Hawkbill (SSN-666) at Mare Island, and the vessel's Executive Officer, LCDR George R. Stubbs (left), USN are shown as the Navy's newest ship was placed in service Thursday at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, the Hawkbill's building yard. The submarine will join the Pacific Submarine Force in the near future. USN photo # 102443-2-71 TH 02, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill294k News clipping from the 5 February 1971 edition of the Vallejo Times Herald. Caption reads: The nuclear powered, fast attack ship Hawkbill (SSN-666), her (commissioning) pennant flying following her commissioning Thursday at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, is shown moored to her berth. The Hawkbill, a submarine of the new Sturgeon class, shortly is due to join the Pacific Submarine Force. USN photo # 102436-2-71 TH 01, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill786kNews clipping from the 5 February 1971 edition of the Vallejo Times Herald. Caption reads: Members of the commissioning party stood at attention Thursday as a 13-gun salute boomed out for RADM William H. Goverman, USN, Commander of the Western Sea Frontier, who was at Mare Island to commission the nuclear advanced fast attack submarine. From left are CDR Christopher H. Brown, Skipper of the Hawkbill; Admiral Groverman; Capt. Robert H. Heath, (CHC), USN; (back) Capt. Willis C. Barnes, USN Commander Mare Island Naval Shipyard; Charles L. Gould, principal speaker, and Capt. E. O. Proctor, USN Commander, Submarines, San Francisco Bay Area.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 11/14/16.
Hawkbill663kBow view of the Hawkbill (SSN-666) during her commissioning at Mare Island on 4 February 1971. YR-78 is aft of Hawkbill.
The John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) is aft of YR-78. John C. Calhoun entered MINSY in August, 1969 for a refueling overhaul and conversion from Polaris A-3 to Poseidon C-3 missile systems. Her overhaul was nearly complete at the time the photo was made, and she departed from the yard two weeks later enroute to the Atlantic for missile testing and deployment.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Vanderveen, SSBN-634 and SSBN 630.
USN photo # 102436-2-71 TH 01, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill47kPhoto taken from the fairwater planes looking aft on the Hawkbill (SSN-666), while she was moored at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 2 October 1971.USN photo # 102517-2-71, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill 1.34k Sixteen page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet for the Hawkbill (SSN-666) in 1972. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
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.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Ballast Point, San Diego48kAn Oil on Masonite painting by the artist John Charles Roach, entitled "Ballast Point, San Diego", depicts sub base with subs and tenders at the pier in San Diego during mid 1986. The tenders were possibly the: McKee (AS-42) for Subron 7:
Dixon (AS-37) for Subron 3:
Among the subs were the:
Dolphin (AGSS-555):
Gudgeon (SS-567):
Albacore (AGSS-569):
Barbel (SS-580):
Blueback (SS-581):
Permit (SSN-594):
Plunger (SSN-595):
Pollack (SSN-603)
Haddo (SSN-604):
Guardfish (SSN-612):
Haddock (SSN-621):
Sturgeon (SSN-637):
Gurnard (SSN-662) :
Hawkbill (SSN-666):
Pintado (SSN-672):
Drum (SSN-677):
William H. Bates (SSN-680):
La Jolla (SSN-701):
Portsmouth (SSN-707) &
Salt Lake City (SSN-716).
Ballast Point, San Diego
John Charles Roach 1986.5
Oil on Masonite , 1986, courtesy of the USNHC, # 88-163-CR.
Text contributed by OMC J. Reid Pallady USNR-RET & QM2(SS) David Johnston, USNR.
ICEX 86802kThe expanse of endless waste seems to engulf the Ray (SSN-653), Hawkbill (SSN-666), and & Archerfish (SSN-678) during ICEX 86. Official USN photo # DN-SC-86-07409, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Photo i.d. courtesy of John R.V. Jones, STS1/SS, USS RAY (SSN-653) '81 - '86 COMSUBRON 4 Staff '86-'88.
ICEX 86441kAn elevated view of the attack submarines Ray (SSN-653), Hawkbill (SSN-666), and & Archerfish (SSN-678) surfaced at the geographic North Pole, 6 May 1986 during ICEX 86. This is the first time three nuclear-powered submarines have simultaneously surfaced at the pole.USN photo # DN-SC-86-07408, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
North Pole, 1999.795kHawkbill (SSN-666), arriving at Pearl Harbor in 1990.USN photo # 237120-1-90, courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill259kAerial view of Hawkbill (SSN-666), in Mare Island's dry dock #4 under going overhaul in April 1990. MINSY photo # 239220-4-1990 NS, Navy Photo 239220, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Hawkbill1.11kThe Mystic (DSRV-1) rides piggy back on Hawkbill (SSN-666) in the 1990's. Photo courtesy of Randall Johnson.
Hawkbill451k A starboard view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Hawkbill (SSN-666), underway off the coast of Southern California, 1 February 1991. USN photo # DN-ST-91-05704, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center.
Hawkbill177kPort bow view of the Sturgeon class Attack Submarine, Hawkbill (SSN-666), underway as it exits the harbor at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on its way to participate in SCICEX-97 (Arctic Survey), 1 January 1997. The Arizona Memorial is visible in the background. USN photo # DN-SD-04-09767, by Robert J. Sitar, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil, Defense Visual Information Center via Bill Gonyo.
Hawkbill39kHawkbill (SSN-666), above the Arctic Circle, 1998.US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.
Hawkbill55k All dressed up with someplace cold to go, the Hawkbill (SSN-666) prepares to depart for the Arctic, March 1999. USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Hawkbill25kHawkbill (SSN-666), breaks through the Arctic ice 3 April 1999, at a camp set up as a joint venture between the Navy and the National Science Foundation. The camp, used as a logistics base for the submarine, is about 150 miles north of Barrow, Alaska.US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery.
Hawkbill62kHawkbill (SSN-666), at a camp set up as a joint venture between the Navy and the National Science Foundation. The camp, used as a logistics base for the submarine, is about 150 miles north of Barrow, Alaska., 3 April 1999. US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery.
North Pole, 1999.55kHawkbill (SSN-666), at the North Pole, 1999.USN photo courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory & csp.navy.mil.
North Pole, 1999.23kCommemorative postal cover marking issued on the occasion of Hawkbill (SSN-666), at the North Pole during SCICEX 1999.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Hawkbill28kVADM Konetzni and ADM Bowman in the crew's mess of Hawkbill (SSN-666) during the SCICEX 1999 talking with the ship's COB. As Mike Hacking said; "There's a lot of horsepower at that table..." USN photo courtesy of submarinesailor.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Hawkbill138kSCICEX '99 used the Hawkbill (SSN-666) and her sister ships to provide new insights into Arctic ocean currents and the topography beneath perpetually ice-covered seas. The data gathered during the various SCICEX missions uncovered important clues about the circulation of the Arctic Ocean currents and their potential effects in altering the composition of the Arctic ice pack. Researchers supported by ONR participated in the SCICEX '99 program. USN photo # N-4482V-012, by Photographer's Mate Second Class Steven H. Vanderwerff, courtesy of onr.navy.mil (Office of Naval Research) & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Hawkbill108kHawkbill (SSN-666) at sea, date unknown.USN photo courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists(fas.org).
Hawkbill 297k Two page inactivation article for the Hawkbill (SSN-666), August 1999. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Hawkbill70kThe Hawkbill (SSN-666) arrives at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for decommissioning and scrapping, August 1999. Photo courtesy of usshawkbill.com.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
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.
USN 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.
National Museum of American History
Pogy95k The forward control station aboard a typical U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine (possibly) the James K. Polk (SSBN-645), Pogy (SSN-647), 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. USN photo # N-5670G-001 by Alan P. Goldstein, Navy Office of Information.
Hawkbill1.20kThe Hawkbill's (SSN-666) sail surfaces in Arco, Idaho, July 2015.Insert photo courtesy of Larry Backus & submitted by Fred Willshaw.
Photo by Clay Condit & submitted by Ron Reeves.

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