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Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - India - Yankee

Batfish (SSN-681)

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 9 February 1970, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 9 October 1971; Commissioned, USS Batfish (SSN-681), 5 May 1972; Decommissioned 2 November 1998; Struck from the Naval Register, 17 March 1999; Final Disposition, laid up at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard awaiting disposal through 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 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-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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Batfish372kChristening of the Batfish (SSN-681) by Mrs. Mildred C. Gralla. Her husband, (in uniform) Vice Admiral Arthur R. Gralla, the Naval Inspector General, stands behind her.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Batfish740k2 photo PDF of General Dynamics photos of the launching of the Batfish (SSN-681), 9 October 1971.Photos courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
PDF added 07/04/19.
Batfish268k Batfish (SSN-681) commissioning cachet, 5 May 1972.USN photo # NPC 1149044 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Batfish1.40k Batfish (SSN-681) on 7 June 1972.USN photo # NPC 1149040 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Batfish1.20k Batfish (SSN-681) on 7 June 1972.USN photo # NPC 1149044 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Batfish80kBow on view commissioning era photo of the Batfish (SSN-681), underway, 1972.USN photo.
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.
Batfish230kBatfish (SSN-681) going to sea from Charleston SC., June 1976. Passing inbound James Madison (SSBN-627).Photo courtesy of Rick Morgan.
Batfish1.07kTwenty six page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Batfish (SSN-681), circa 1977.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Sturgeon class265kAn officer aboard a Sturgeon Class nuclear-powered attack submarine uses the ship's periscope in the control room on 1 December 1980.USN photo # DN-ST-83-02966, by PHC Robert K. Hemmerly, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Batfish133k 1981 cover of the Welcome Aboard booklet for the Batfish (SSN-681). Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Batfish276kCDR Frederick Arthur Adams, Batfish's (SSN-681) CO from 2 November 1982 to 20 December 1985.USN photo DN-SN-82-08561 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of via Bill Gonyo.
Batfish597kBatfish (SSN-681): somewhere at sometime 1.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Batfish699kBatfish (SSN-681): somewhere at sometime 2.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Batfish457kBatfish (SSN-681) checks in for a 10,000 mile overhaul in drydock.USN photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Batfish576kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Batfish (SSN-681) with the guided missile destroyer Scott (DDG-995) in the background. Personnel are being transferred from the Batfish to the Scott by way of a motor whaleboat during exercise ADVANCE PHASE III off the coast of Florida, 1 July 1986. USN photo # DN-SC-87-05045, by PH1 R. W. Beno, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Sturgeon class108kA Sturgeon Class nuclear-powered attack submarine sits in dry dock at the Naval Sub Base, New London, CT., on 14 July 1991. USN photo # DN-ST-92-04182, by Don S. Montgomery (USN Ret), from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Batfish175kA Sturgeon Class nuclear-powered attack submarine, possibly the Batfish (SSN-681), is shown departing the Chesapeake Bay as the guided missile cruiser Yorktown (CG-48) enters the bay en route to the Norfolk Naval Station, 26 February 1992. USN photo # DN-SN-95-00797, by PHC Robert K. Hemmerly, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Batfish114kBatfish (SSN-681) as she appeared at the end of March 1995 in the western Atlantic Ocean as Batfish started a 6-month Mediterranean deployment with the Roosevelt (CVN-71) battlegroup.USN photo contributed by Bill Papale / Federation of American Scientists
Batfish54kBatfish (SSN-681) leaving Gibraltar 17th September 1995.Contributed by Daniel Ferro.
Drum187kDeactivation of the Drum (SSN-677) & Batfish (SSN-681).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Kamehameha & Batfish33kCommemorative post mark on Kamehameha (SSN-642) & Batfish (SSN-681) issued after finishing the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program), September 2002. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Enkeboll, Richard Ernest, USN (USNA 1957)01.09.1972 - 18.01.1975 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Evans, Thomas Witherspoon, USN :RADM18.01.1975 - 00.07.1978
03CDR. Ryan, Thomas David, USN :RADM00.07.1978 - 02.11.1982
04CDR. Adams, Frederick Arthur (Rick), USN (USNA 1965)02.11.1982 - 20.12.1985
05CDR. Nolter, Joseph Charles, USN (USNA 1968)20.12.1985 - 00.08.1988
06CDR. Wagner, Randall Douglas, USN00.08.1988 - 00.06.1991
07CDR. Hays Jr., Clarence Donald, USN00.06.1991 - 00.11.1993
08CDR. Reilly, Thomas John, USN (USNA 1975)00.11.1993 - 05.07.1996
09CDR. Lambert, John David, USN05.07.1996 - 17.03.1999 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Batfish (SSN-681) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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