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Hawkbill (SSN-666)
Active Service - Decommissioning

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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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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. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
PDF added 06/05/12.
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
Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.U.S. Navy 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 U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-86-07409, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
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, 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.
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, 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, 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) prepears to derpart for the Arctic, March 1999. US Navy 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.US Navy photo courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory &
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 & 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 (Office of Naval Research) & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Hawkbill108kHawkbill (SSN-666) at sea, date unknown.US Navy photo, courtesy of the Federation of American Scientists(
Hawkbill 297k Two page inactivation article for the Hawkbill (SSN-666), August 1999. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
PDF added 06/05/12.
Hawkbill70kThe Hawkbill (SSN-666) arrives at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for decommissioning and scrapping, August 1999. Photo courtesy of 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.
U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo # N-5670G-001 by Alan P. Goldstein, Navy Office of Information.
Hawkbill64kThe Hawkbill's (SSN-666) sail surfaces in Arco, Idaho, August 2006.Photo courtesy of Larry Backus & submitted by Fred Willshaw.

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