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Tunny (SSN-682)

Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 22 May 1970, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS.; Launched, 10 June 1972; Commissioned, USS Tunny (SSN-682), 26 January 1974; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 30 March 1998; Final Disposition, entered the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. 1 October 1997, completed the program 27 October 1998

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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Tunny213kThe Tunny (SSN-682) slides down the launching ways at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 10 June 1972 into the waters of the Pascagoula River. USN photo by Ingalls Ship building. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Tunny91kThe Tunny (SSN-682) slides down the launching ways at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 10 June 1972 into the waters of the Pascagoula River. USN photo by Ingalls Ship building.
Tunny1.41k8 page launching program of theTunny (SSN-682).Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum photos courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
PDF added 12/31/17.
Tunny295kTug, Tunny (SSN-682) & towering tanker.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tunny142kCommemorative postal cover marking Tunny's (SSN-682) launching, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 10 June 1972.USN photo by Ingalls Ship building.
Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Tunny206kThe crew of the Tunny (SSN-682) stand at attention during her commissioning on 26 January 1974.USN photo by Ingalls Ship building.
Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Tunny220kCommemorative postal cover marking Tunny's (SSN-682) commissioning, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS., 26 January 1974.Photo courtesy of Paul Petosky.
Tunny179k Tunny's (SSN-682) CO and RADM Kaup.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Tunny922kTwelve page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Tunny (SSN-682).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
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.
Tunny 222k A port view of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk (CV-63) passing an attack submarine, possibly the Tunny (SSN-682), at San Diego on 17 July 1986. USN photo # DN-SC-87-10801 by PH2 Mike Poche, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tunny117kWashtucna (YTB-826) maneuvering Tunny (SSN-682) alongside the submarine tender McKee (AS-41) at Naval Station Adak, AK. June 1987.USN photo courtesy of Tom Jordan, USS Tunny (SSN-682) web site. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Tunny 90k A port bow view of a Sturgeon Class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway, possibly the Tunny (SSN-682), on 11 December 1990. USN photo # DF-ST-91-03616 by TSGT Kurt Vail, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Tunny 177k A bow view of a Sturgeon Class nuclear-powered attack submarine underway on the surface, possibly the Tunny (SSN-682), with a torpedo retriever boat in the background during anti-submarine warfare exercises with the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-61) off the coast of San Diego on 17 March 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-94-00486 by Phan Rich, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Tunny65kThe Tunny (SSN-682) underway, 1991. USN photo.
Tunny93kTunny (SSN-682) underway off Honolulu, HI, date unknown.Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Tunny16kCommemorative postal cover marking Tunny's (SSN-682) decommissioning, 30 March 1998. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Tunny71kTunny (SSN-682) bow view, decommissioning .USN photo courtesy of the
Spent Fuel569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
As time passes & more boats are retired from service and their reactors are brought here, so the numbers rise. In this photo dated November 2009, 98 nuclear submarines and six nuclear cruisers have been recycled. For an up to date view, click here
USN photo & partial text courtesy of & submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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Commanding Officers
01CDR. Sloan, Dennis Young, USN (USNA 1957)26.01.1974 - 26.02.1976 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Thomas, Peter William, USN (USNA 1962)26.02.1976 - 26.10.1978
03CDR. Kaup, Karl Lee, USN (USNA 1963) :RADM26.10.1978 - 02.08.1982
04CDR. Fister, George Rodwell, USN (USNA 1963)02.08.1982 - 29.05.1984
05CDR. Siemon, Douglas Henry, USN29.05.1984 - 07.05.1987
06CDR. Speer, Robert George, USN (USNA 1971)07.05.1987 - 26.10.1990
07CDR. McDonough, Martin Bryan, USN (USNA 1975)26.10.1990 - 12.04.1993
08CDR. Spencer, Scott Alan, USN12.04.1993 - 08.03.1996
09CDR. Nelson, Eric Karl, USN08.03.1996 - 13.03.1998 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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