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Drum (SSN-677)

Radio Call Sign: November - Romeo - Papa - Victor

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 20 August 1968, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 23 May 1970; Commissioned, USS Drum (SSN-677), 15 April 1972; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 30 October 1995; Final Disposition, scheduled for disposal through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program (NPSSRP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 8 October 2001

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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Drum338kDated 20 August 1968, keel cover letter of Drum (SSN-677). The Drum was the 17th nuclear submarine built at the shipyard. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum881kGroup ready to official lay the keel of the Drum (SSN-677) at Mare Island on 20 August 1968 are from left to right are: William J. Parker Jr., (Electrician with 45 years' service on the yard), Danny O'Donnell (Mare Island Metal Trades Council)R. S. Driver (Asst Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs). RADM N. Frankenberger, Fred W. Nichelini (Shipbuilding Inspection Specialist) and Harry H. Kitterman (Superintendent of Rigger Shop).USN photo # 86437-8-68 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Drum76kDated 20 August 1968. RADM Nobert Frankenberger (Shipyard Commander Mare Island) authenticating keel of Drum (SSN-677). USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum92kThe keel plate of the Drum (SSN-677) seen after RADM N. Frankenberger authenticated the keel on 20 August 1968 at Mare Island. Note: At this time Mare Island and Hunters Point shipyards were under a single management team called San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum826kHere is a rare photo of the Drum (SSN-677) on the building way at Mare Island on 10 May 1970. US Army Barge BG-6383 is to the far left and YC-982 is in the middle. USN photo # MINSY 98059 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum63kThe launching party of the Drum (SSN-677) showing from left to right Mr. Daniel Z. Henkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) principal speaker; Mrs. William F. Bringle, Sponsor; RADM N. Frankerberger, Shipyard Commander, 23 May 1970.USN photo # 98299-5-70, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum731kOfficial launching party for the Drum (SSN-677) at Mare Island on 23 May 1970. Seated Left to right: Mrs. Joseph H. Thorton, Mrs. Harry Mason, Mrs. Daniel Z. Henkin, Mrs. Peter Horne (Matron of Honor), Mrs. William F. Bringle (Sponsor), Mrs. N. Frankenberger, Mrs. Glenn Thomson and Mrs. William Greig. Standing left to right: Capt. Thorton (Production Officer), RADM Mason (NAVSHIPS), Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Henkin speaker at the launching, Dan Bringle, son of VADM William F. Bringle (COMNAVAIRPAC), RADM N. Frankenberger and LCDR Thomson (Chaplain) and W. E. Greig (triggerman).USN photo # 98306-5-70 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Drum65k Drum (SSN-677) launching party from left to right VADM William F. Bringle, Commander Naval Air Pacific; Mrs. Peter Horne, Matron of Honor; Mr. Daniel Z. Henkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), principal speaker; Mrs. William F. Bringle, Sponsor; Mrs. N. Frankenberger; RADM N. Frankenberger; LT William M. Zondorak, Aide to RADM Frankenberger, 23 May 1970.USN photo # 98315-5-70, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum700kMrs. William F. Bringle, Ship's Sponsor, (left) and Mrs. Peter Horne, Matron of Honor (right) at the reception for the launching of Drum (SSN-677) at Mare Island on 23 May 1970.USN photo # 98298-5-70 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Drum887kMrs. William F. Bringle (Sponsor) christens Drum (SSN-677) on 23 May 1970 as RADM N. Frankenberger watches.USN photo # 98303-5-70 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Drum123k This photo appeared in the Mare Island Naval Shipyard newspaper the "Grapevine" on 5 Jun 1971. The picture shows Mrs. W. F. Bringle, Sponsor, christening the Drum (SSN-677) 23 May 1970. RADM N. Frankenberger, USN (Shipyard Commander) and Capt. J. H. Thornton, USN (Production Officer) look on.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum151k The Drum (SSN-677) has just been christened and started to travel down the building ways at Mare Island on 23 May 1970. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum161k The Drum (SSN-677) is at the end of the ways during her launching at Mare Island on 23 May 1970. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum923k The Drum (SSN-677) is waterborne after her launching at Mare Island on 23 May 1970. USN photo courtesy of Michael Witt.
Drum161k The Drum (SSN-677) is waterborne for the first time at Mare Island on 23 May 1970. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum168k Drum (SSN-677) at the end of the ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 23 May 1970.USN photo # 98309-5-70, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum221k Drum (SSN-677) in mid channel after launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 23 May 1970.USN photo # 98358-5-70courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum146k Tugs push the Drum (SSN-677) to her outfitting berth after launching at Mare Island on 23 May 1970. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum29k Commemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Drum (SSN-677) 23 May 1970 and different types of ships built at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Drum385kDrum (SSN-677) undergoing inclining at Mare Island on 26 December 1971. USN photo # 108074-12-71 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum3.14k The front cover of Drum (SSN-677) 13 page PDF Commissioning Program and its back showing vital statistics on the sub.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum744kA view of the commissioning ceremonies of the Drum (SSN-677) at Mare Island on 15 April 1972.USN photo # 110101-4-72 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Drum668kCDR James Willis (CO, Drum (SSN-677)) presented plaques following the commissioning to RADM Maurice H. Rindskopf, commissioning speaker and former CO of Drum (SS-228), and Capt. Newton B. Foss who accepted the plaque in behalf of the ship's sponsor Mrs. Henry Bringle.USN photo # 110102-4-72 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Drum114kBuilder's plaque (Fleet Introduction Site) on display during the commissioning ceremonies for the Drum (SSN-677) on 15 April 1972 at Mare Island. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum68kOfficer of the Deck, Drum (SSN-677) salutes Admirals flag during the commissioning ceremonies aboard the ship at Mare Island on 15 April 1972. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Drum86kDrum (SSN-677) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 15 April 1972 during her commissioning ceremony. The photo is taken looking southeast across the Mare Island Channel at Vallejo, CA. The large building across the channel is the rear of the main post office. The small boat in the background in the Mare Island to Vallejo ferry. She is bringing swing shift workers over from Vallejo and therefore time is about 3:15 - 3:25 PM. Note: Crew topside is in dress blues. There is no Jack on the Jackstaff. If she was in commissioning it should be flying.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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 ocean's acoustics
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Drum1.07kThirteen page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Drum (SSN-677).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Drum425kA port quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Drum (SSN-677) underway on 4 January 1984 passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Official USN photo # DN-SC-84-04128 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Drum66kStarboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Drum (SSN-677) entering port on 11 August 1984. Official USN photo # DN-SC-85-09446 by PHAN John D. Greathouse, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Drum508kPort bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Drum (SSN-677) entering port on 11 August 1984. Official USN photo # DN-SC-85-09447 by PHAN John D. Greathouse, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Drum314k Starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Drum (SSN-677) entering port accompanied by the large harbor tug Kittanning (YTB-787) on 11 August 1984. The Japanese Antarctic support ship Fuji (AB-5001) is in the background.Official USN photo # DN-SC-85-09445 by PHAN John D. Greathouse, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
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.
Drum6.31kEighteen page Deactivation PDF of the Drum (SSN-677).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Drum3.46kTwelve page Inactivation PDF of the Drum (SSN-677).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Drum88k Commemorative postal cover marking the 100 anniversary of the submarine service on 11 April 2000, picturing the Drum (SSN-677) and listing all the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA. built nuclear attack submarines. Courtesy of The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
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.
SSN-671 & 67766k ex Long Beach (CG-9) and some friends - namely ex Narwhal (SSN-671), ex Drum (SSN-677), and beyond ex Midway (CV-41). Shot taken January of 2003 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard just a few months prior to the ex Midway's move to San Diego. Also in the mix are some Spruance Class destroyers and the ex Ranger (CV-61) on the far side but out of sight here.Courtesy of Larry Lee.
Drum285kDuring a vacation trip August 2008 to the Seattle area I was able to get over to Port Orchard and get a shot of the ex Drum (SSN-677). It is next to the ex Narwhal (SSN-671) and Drum appears to be the last 637 Class "left standing". The efforts by the Mare Island Historic Park Commission to save the Drum have fallen through due to funding shortfalls and lack of local Gov't support. It is expected that the "recycling" of Drum will take place this winter. Courtesy of Rick Wetmore.
Narwhal122kUpdate of the ex Drum (SSN-677) next to the ex Narwhal (SSN-671) shows them to still be standing through the summer of 2009.Courtesy of Scott Roche via Fabio Peña.
Drum144kSalute to the Drum (SSN-677), 2010. USN photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Drum1.06kThe Drum (SSN-677) sails in a sea of green. Photo courtesy of Glen Daigrepont.
Photo added 09/07/16.

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