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Bluefish (SSN-675)

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 13 March 1968, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 10 January 1970; Commissioned, USS Bluefish (SSN-675), 8 January 1971; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 6 June 1996; Final Disposition, laid up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard awaiting entry into the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA..

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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Submerged submarines286kMrs. David Packard, wife of the Deputy Secretary of Defense does the honors to Bluefish (SSN-675) prior to her launching, 10 January 1970.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Bluefish100kBluefish (SSN-675) conning tower crew gets ready to ride her down the ways.Courtesy of
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Submerged submarines250kBluefish (SSN-675) backs into the waters following her launching on 10 January 1970.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Bluefish97k The Bluefish (SSN-675) off Groton, CT., following her launching, 10 January 1970.Electric Boat / USN / USNI photo.
Bluefish128k The Bluefish (SSN-675), possibly off Groton, CT., following her launching, 10 January 1970.Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Bluefish1.06k Bluefish (SSN-675) on 28 October 1970. USN photo # NPC 1148437 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Bluefish849kThe Bluefish (SSN-675) during her trials on 20 November 1970. USN photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (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
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Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Bluefish38kBluefish (SSN-675),(outboard) & Sea Devil (SSN-664) at D&S Piers Norfolk, VA. 1975.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Bluefish36kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Bluefish (SSN-675), at the North Pole, 4 May 1975.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Bluefish89k Bluefish (SSN-675), at the North Pole, 4 May 1975.USN photo courtesy of US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.
Bluefish73kBluefish (SSN-675), at the North Pole, 4 May 1975.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Bluefish19kArctic Submarine patch. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Bluefish1.72kEight page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Bluefish (SSN-675), circa 1979. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Bluefish114k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Bluefish (SSN-675), at the Virgin Islands, 29 November 1983.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Bluefish484k A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Bluefish (SSN-675) underway off Puerto Rico, 1 February 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-05706, by PH1 Raymond J. Curtis, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Bluefish100k Port broadside view of the Bluefish (SSN-675) cutting through the ocean in this undated photo. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Bluefish130kBluefish (SSN-675), underway, date and location unhnown.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Drum27k From left to right, Drum (SSN-677), Bluefish (SSN-675), Ray (SSN-653), Lapon (SSN-661) and Richard B. Russell (SSN-687), await scrapping at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 8 October 2001. Courtesy of Don Sheldon.
Bluefish56kPlaque of the Bluefish (SSN-675) on display at the Naval and Maritime Museum at Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.Courtesy of Robert Hall.

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Peterson, Richard Alan, USN (USNA 1955)08.01.1971 - 24.01.1973 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Kelso II, Frank Benton, USN (USNA 1956) :ADM24.01.1973 - 07.09.1975
03CDR. Fernow, William Frank, USN (USNA 1959)07.09.1975 - 21.04.1979
04CDR. Hewitt, George Michael, USN (USNA 1964)21.04.1979 - 18.12.1981
05CDR. Burlingame Jr., Anson Hollyday, USN (USNA 1965)18.12.1981 - 09.11.1984
06CDR. McDermott, Donald Gary, USN09.11.1984 - 07.11.1987
07CDR. Patton, John Anthony, USN07.11.1987 - 15.06.1990
08CDR. Locke, Rodney Marvin, USN15.06.1990 - 10.12.1992
09CDR. Simon, Dennis Lee, USN10.12.1992 - 15.05.1995
10CDR. Wright, Richard Allen, USN15.05.1995 - 15.12.1995
11CDR. West, Richard Chaska, USN (USNA 1979)15.12.1995 - 31.05.1996 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Bluefish (SSN-675) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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