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Flying Fish (SSN-673)

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 30 June 1967, at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 17 May 1969; Commissioned, USS Flying Fish (SSN-673), 29 April 1970; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 16 May 1996; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 15 October 1996.

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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Flying Fish170kMrs. John W. Harvey flashes her falling flask on Flying Fish's (SSN-673) flag at her launching at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 17 May 1969.USN photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 12/05/17.
Flying Fish650kBow on view as Flying Fish's (SSN-673) flags flutter fast on launching at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 17 May 1969.Electric Boat Co. photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Flying Fish500k Flying Fish's (SSN-673) flags flutter fast on launching at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 17 May 1969.USN photo # NPC 1139486, courtesy of Scott Koen &
Flying Fish21k Commemorative postal cover marking Flying Fish's (SSN-673) launching at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 17 May 1969. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Flying Fish30kFlying Fish (SSN-673), (closest pier forward gourp) 1970's at Norfolk VA. Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Flying Fish56kFlying Fish (SSN-673), underway, port side view, circa 1972-73, off Norfolk, VA.Courtesy of Dennis M. Bartholomew.
Flying Fish64kThe Flying Fish (SSN-673) after surfacing through the ice during SCICEX 1977.Photo courtesy of Tony Alter via Bill Gonyo.
Flying Fish47kSail of the Flying Fish (SSN-673) protruding through the polar ice in her 1977 visit to the North Pole. USN photo courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory &
Flying Fish345kThe Flying Fish (SSN-673) in Norfolk, Virginia, 7 November 1977. Photo courtesy of Tony Alter via Bill Gonyo.
Flying Fish361kThe Flying Fish (SSN-673) pulling back in to St. Croix in April 1979. Photo courtesy of Tony Alter via Bill Gonyo.
Flying Fish1.12k26 Page PDF Welcome Aboard the Flying Fish (SSN-673), circa early 1980's. USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen &
PDF added 12/05/17.
Flying Fish112kFlying Fish (SSN-673) underway off the coast of New London in 1983. Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Flying Fish542kCDR Joe Lario was my CO in 1983-4, who signed the above photo with me as a then LT Enloe, as OOD. These were taken off the coast of New London in 1983 from a Navy tug before we deployed. Photo courtesy of Dan Enloe.(CAPT, USN Retired).
Flying Fish49k Commemorative postal cover marking Flying Fish's (SSN-673) Sea Ops off the Florida Gold coast, 30 June 1983. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Flying Fish600kA bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Flying Fish (SSN-673) underway off Cape Henry on 1 February 1991. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-91-05705 by PH1 David B. Loveall, courtesy of
Flying Fish72kFlying Fish (SSN-673), dockside, starboard view at Gibraltar 26th June 1994.Courtesy of Daniel Ferro.
Spent Fuel569kSealed 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),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of & submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Shelton, Donald Charles, USN (USNA 1955)29.04.1970 - 13.02.1973 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Williams, James Dale, USN (USNA 1958) :VADM13.02.1973 - 22.05.1976
03CDR. Meinicke, Thomas Alfred (Tom), USN (USNA 1960) :RADM22.05.1976 - 08.07.1980
04CDR. Loucks, Steven Jay, USN08.07.1980 - 15.04.1983
05CDR. Lario, Joseph Thomas, USN15.04.1983 - 06.02.1986
06CDR. Hendricks, Robert Linae, USN06.02.1986 - 19.02.1989
07CDR. Mack, Stanley John, USN (USNA 1972)19.02.1989 - 11.10.1991
08CDR. Roumaya, Louis Thaddeus, USN (USNA 1975)11.10.1991 - 24.11.1993
09CDR. Deal Jr., Wiley Robert, USN (USNA 1976)24.11.1993 - 16.05.1996 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Flying Fish (SSN-673) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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Fleet Reserve Association

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