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William H. Bates (SSN-680)

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 4 August 1969, at Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding Division, of Litton Industries, Pascagoula, MS.; Launched, 11 December 1971; Commissioned, USS William H. Bates (SSN-680), 5 May 1973; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 11 February 2000; Final Disposition, She returned to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program began on 1 October 2002 and was completed on 30 October 2002.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,640 t., Submerged: 4,640 t.; Length 302'; 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-13 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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William H. Bates131kPlans for the forward section of the William H. Bates (SSN-680).Photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
William H. Bates108kPlans for the aft section of the William H. Bates (SSN-680).Photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
William H. Bates543kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) is christened by Mrs. Susan Bates Grainger, daughter of the late congressman. Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
William H. Bates287kThe William H. Bates (SSN-680) slides down the launching ways at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 11 December 1971.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
William H. Bates317kUncle Sam's newest boat slides down the ways dressed in ribbons at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 11 December 1971. USN photo # NPC 1180970 USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
William H. Bates154kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) commissioning cachet, 5 May 1973.Photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
William H. Bates12kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the launching of the William H. Bates (SSN-680), 11 December 1971.Photo 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 ocean’s acoustics
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Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
William H. Bates1.30k Welcome Aboard the William H. Bates (SSN-680). PDF of 14 pages. PDF USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
William H. Bates242kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) shows the flag. Photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
William H. Bates99kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) port side view underway, date and location unknown.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
William H. Bates71kUndated photo of the William H. Bates (SSN-680) underway. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
William H. Bates104kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) underway, date and place unknown.USN photo courtesy of ComSubGru Nine
William H. Bates39kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) underway in 1985 with the Mystic (DSRV-1) attached to her hull. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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:
Gudgeon (SS-567):
Albacore (AGSS-569):
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 (USN, retired)
William H. Bates78kWilliam H. Bates (SSN-680) working on the stern section, underway, date and place unknown.USN photo courtesy of
460k William H. Bates (SSN-680) in Charleston S.C. with the tender Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) in the background. Photo courtesy of via John Hummel.
898k Starboard broadside view of nuclear powered attack submarine William H. Bates (SSN-680). Photo courtesy of
William H. Bates66kLoading the business end into the William H. Bates (SSN-680). USN photo courtesy of
William H. Bates36kCaptain Curtis Stevens sea assignments include Henry L Stimson (SSBN-655) (Gold) [April 1984-October 1987], La Jolla (SSN-701) [Weapons Officer April 1988 – October 1990], Drum (SSN 677) [Engineer Officer Dec 1990 – November 1992] and Squadron Engineer Commander Submarine Squadron 16 December 1992 – June 1994]. Captain Stevens served as Executive Officer on Hartford (SSN-768) [August 1995 – August 1997] and was the last Commanding Officer on William H. Bates (SSN-680) [January 1999 – February 2000] for the ship's final western Pacific deployment and inactivation, nuclear defueling and decommmissioning. His crew earned a Secretary of the Navy Citation for operations conducted during the ship’s final deployment to the Western Pacific. Captain Stevens has made seven strategic deterrent patrols, five extended deployments to the Western and Northern Pacific and one extended deployment to the North Atlantic. He has been serving in the capacity of Professor of Naval Science at Boston University, Visiting Professor of Naval Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Commanding Officer Boston University-MIT NROTC Consortium since 2008. Captain Stevens has served his nation for almost 30 years.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Arthur Jr., Glenn Neal, USN (USNA 1955)05.05.1973 - 19.07.1975 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Houley, William Purcell, USN (USNA 1959) :RADM19.07.1975 - 01.08.1978
03CDR. Hicks, William Leonard, USN01.08.1978 - 12.08.1982
04CDR. Uplinger, Leon Joseph, USN12.08.1982 - 15.08.1985
05CDR. Trautman, Kurt MacGregor, USN (USNA 1967)15.08.1985 - 23.08.1988
06CDR. Brandes, John Charles, USN (USNA 1971)23.08.1988 - 10.06.1991
07CDR. Hicks, William Michie, USN (USNA 1975)10.06.1991 - 04.04.1994
08CDR. Haid, Terance Edward, USN04.04.1994 - 10.11.1996
09CDR. Moore Jr., Lester LaRue, USN11.10.1996 - 28.01.1999
10CDR. Stevens, Curtis Ralph, USN28.01.1999 - 11.02.2000 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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