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|131k||Plans for the forward section of the William H. Bates (SSN-680).||Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|108k||Plans for the aft section of the William H. Bates (SSN-680).||Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|287k||The William H. Bates (SSN-680) slides down the launching ways at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 11 December 1971.||Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 03/12/17.
|317k||Uncle Sam's newest boat slides down the ways dressed in ribbons at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 11 December 1971.||USN photo # NPC 1180970 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|154k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) commissioning cachet, 5 May 1973.||Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|12k||Commemorative 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).|
|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 ocean’s acoustics
|Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.|
|145k||Submerged submarines in tandem.||USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.|
|1.30k||Welcome Aboard the William H. Bates (SSN-680). PDF of 14 pages.||PDF courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|242k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) shows the flag.||Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|99k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) port side view underway, date and location unknown.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|71k||Undated photo of the William H. Bates (SSN-680) underway.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|104k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) underway, date and place unknown.||USN photo courtesy of ComSubGru Nine|
|105k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) underway, date and place unknown.||USN photo courtesy of ComSubGru Nine|
|39k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) underway in 1985 with the Mystic (DSRV-1) attached to her hull.||USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|48k||An 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:
Gurnard (SSN-662) :
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) Dave Johnston (USNR)
|78k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) working on the stern section, underway, date and place unknown.||USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org|
|68k||William H. Bates (SSN-680) periscopes and radio antenna, underway, date and place unknown.||USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org|
|66k||Loading the business end into the William H. Bates (SSN-680).||USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org|
|36k||Captain 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.|
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