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|33k||Cut out of the Sturgeon (SSN-637) class.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|236k||Mrs. Charles T. Booth II gives the Spadefish (SSN-668) her first taste of champange at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Co., Newport News, VA., 15 May 1968.||USN photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.|
|135k||Front cover of the the Spadefish's (SSN-668) Launching Program at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Co., Newport News, VA., 15 May 1968.||USN photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.|
|81k||Spadefish (SSN-668), underway, during her trials off the Virginia coast, 1969.||USN photo courtesy of S.F. Gilman, Newport News Shipbuilding.|
|889k||Spadefish (SSN-668) during her trials off the Virginia coast 14 July 1969.||USN photo # NPC 1139846 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 06/27/12.
|488k||Spadefish (SSN-668) during her trials off the Virginia coast 14 July 1969.||USN photo # NPC 1140808 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 06/27/12.
|63k||Front cover of the the Spadefish's (SSN-668) Commissioning Program at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock, Co., Newport News, VA., 14 August 1969.||USN photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.|
|288k||Service Weapons Test 76-1 (Ex-Chopper Sinkex).
The Chopper (SS-342) was rigged from bridge pontoons at 300 ft. Merchant ships ignored the Notice to Mariners about the explosive ordnance testing. Chopper stayed at 300 ft for several hours, while we waited on Spadefish (SSN-668) for the merchants to clear the area. Suddenly the pontoons disappeared and we heard the sounds of Chopper breaking up. The sinkex was conducted ~ 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.
|Photo courtesy of Bill Wilson.|
|43k|| 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.|
|70k||Spadefish (SSN-668), on right, docked at D&S piers Norfolk VA, 1975. Bluefish (SSN-675) is to the left of John Hummel, USN (Retired). the contributor of this and so many other wonderful submarine photographs.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|1.63k||Fourteen page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Spadefish (SSN-668) circa 1982.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 06/27/12.
|399k||A Sturgeon class nuclear-powered attack submarine, possibly the Spadefish (SSN-668), and the torpedo retriever TR-681 are tied up at pier area 6 at New London, CT., on 14 July 1991.||Official USN photo # DN-ST-92-04179 by Don S. Montgomery, USN (RET.), from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|19k||Spadefish (SSN-668), underway, port side view. Date and location unknown.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|33k||Spadefish (SSN-668), underway, bow view. Date and location unknown.||Photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.|
|70k||The following photos are from a series entitled "U.S. Fleet Submarine Navy--Sea Power".|
An officer mans the Spadefish's (SSN-668) periscope.
This is a left-to-right reverse image. The guy looking into the periscope should be facing to the left and the guys in blue shirts should be on the right of the photo.
|Photo i.d. courtesy of Thomas Lee, Managing Editor,
Undersea Warfare Magazine.
USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
|78k||Fire Control Station.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|56k||Fire Control Station.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|75k||The navigational chart at the plotting table in the ship's control center.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|87k||Personnel are shown manning their post at the ship's control center.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|50k||Interior scene aboard the Spadefish (SSN-668).||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|61k||Interior scene aboard the Spadefish (SSN-668).||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|55k||The crew of the Spadefish (SSN-668) "drive" the boat.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|93k||The sail of the Spadefish (SSN-668) protrudes through the Arctic ice during the later part of her career.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|145k||Submerged submarines in tandem.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|658k||Photo of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Spadefish (SSN-668), top, and the Royal Navy nuclear-powered patrol submarine HMS Trenchant (S-91) at the North Pole during Operation Icex 92. On surfacing the two crews found the ice was too thin for them to play the traditional games of baseball and cricket, but it did provide a splendid photo opportunity. Note the Nimrod M.R. Mk.2 aircraft overhead.|| Royal Navy News
Photo and text from "Safeguarding the Nation: The Story of the Modern Royal Navy" by John Roberts & submitted by Robert Hurst.
Photo added 06/27/12.
|73k||Bergall (SSN-667) & Spadefish (SSN-668) inboard of the submarine tender LY Spear (AS-36) at D&S piers Norfolk VA. in 1994.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|86k||Painting of the Spadefish (SSN-668) docked in Resolute (AFDM-10) at Norfolk, Virginia. It appeared on the back cover of the Navy Magazine UNDERSEAWARFARE Spring 2004.||Acrylic painting by Navy Artist John Charles Roach of the Navy Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|20k||Sunfish (SSN-649) top left, James Madison (SSBN-627) top right, Spadefish (SSN-668) bottom left, and Finback (SSN-670) bottom right, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 31 October 1997 awaiting scrapping.||Courtesy of Don Sheldon.|
|569k||Sealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:|
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
|USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|01||LCDR. Henson, George Marshall, USN (USNA 1954)||14.08.1969 - 00.10.1971 First Date in Commission|
|02||CDR. Perry, Albert Joseph, USN||00.10.1971 - 00.02.1975|
|03||CDR. Perry, John Stephen (Steve), USN (USNA 1961)||00.02.1975 - 25.08.1979|
|04||CDR. Fiori, Mario Peter, USN (USNA 1963)||25.08.1979 - 00.11.1982|
|05||CDR. Bardsley, George Paul, USN||00.11.1982 - 25.10.1985|
|06||CDR. Murphy, Dennis George, USN (USNA 1970)||25.10.1985 - 15.04.1989|
|07||CDR. Trahan Jr., Charles Ray, USN (USNA 1973)||15.04.1989 - 21.12.1991|
|08||CDR. Williams, Richard Barry, USN||21.12.1991 - 00.04.1994|
|09||CDR. Puryear Jr., Carlton Winn, USN||00.04.1994 - 11.04.1997 Last Date in Commission|
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