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Radio Call Sign: November - India - Alpha - Kilo

Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685)


Glenard P. Lipscomb Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 5 June 1971, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 4 June 1973; Commissioned, USS Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685), 21 December 1974; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 11 July 1990; Final Disposition, disposed of through the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. 1 December 1997.

Specifications: Displacement, Submerged: 6,480 t.; Length 365'; Beam 32'; Speed, Submerged 20+ kts; ; Complement 12 officers, 108 enlisted; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes MK 48 Torpedoes, GM-84A/C Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one propeller shp.
HEAVY MEDAL
Contributed by Roger Tyrrell
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
01 Apr-1980 / 01 Jun-1980
Navy E Ribbon with wreathed E
01 Oct-1976 / 30 Sep-1977
01 Oct-1977 / 01 Sep-1978
01 Oct-1978 / 30 Sep-1979
01 Oct-1979 / 30 Sep-1980
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Glenard P. Lipscomb1.02kThe launching of the Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) on 4 June 1973 at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.
Note the construction of another submarine on the ways to the left.
US Navy photo # NPC 1157121 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb1.50kThe Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) slides down the launching ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 4 June 1973.US Navy photo # NPC 1157123 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb2.00kSeventeen page PDF of the launching of the Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb156kLaunch cachet of the Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) on 4 June 1973.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb1.50kGlenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) underway on the surface during sea trials, turning up 17.5 knots on 22 November 1974.US Navy photo # NPC 1161683 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb1.40kGlenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) underway on the surface during sea trials, turning up 17.5 knots on 22 November 1974.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb29kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the commissioning of the Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685), 21 December 1974, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Glenard P. Lipscomb1.02kTwelve page PDF of the launching of the Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 05/05/12.
Glenard P. Lipscomb204k Representative Larry P. McDonald, D-Georgia, visits the control room during his tour of the nuclear-power attack submarine Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) on 18 October 1984.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SN-85-01566, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Glenard P. Lipscomb113kAn aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) underway, 1 Mar 1985.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-SC-86-00549, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Glenard P. Lipscomb49kGlenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) Toulon, France (tied next to the pier) November 1985.
Courtesy of MMC/SS Frank McGee.
Glenard P. Lipscomb43kGlenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) Palma De Mallorca (anchored), November 1985.
Courtesy of MMC/SS Frank McGee.
Glenard P. Lipscomb89kGlenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) returns to New London after a five-month deployment at sea. There is a harbour tug off her port side. Note the small sonar dome on the Liscomb's bow, the bitts and cleats that retract when at sea, and the bulge of a special sonar dome on the top sail.
USN photo by Jean Russell from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar, submitted by Robert Hurst.
Glenard P. Lipscomb95kGlenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) underway, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo.
PSNSY291k"Sign of the times." March 1994 photo of Nuclear submarines at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard waiting in line for scrapping.
Top row left to right are Ethan Allen (SSBN-608), Seawolf (SSN-575), Plunger (SSN-595), Shark (SSN-591), Nathanael Greene (SSBN-636), Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) alongside Sperry (AS-12), with Triton (SSRN-586) across the pier from the Sperry .
Bottom row, from left to right Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), Skipjack (SS-585), Snook (SSN-592), Henry Clay (SSBN-625), Lapon (SSN-661), Dace (SSN-607), Skate (SSN-578), Swordfish (SSN-579), Sargo (SSN-583) , Seadragon (SSN-584).
Across the pier are Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618), and not in view, Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), George Washington (SSBN-598),Barb (SSN-596) & Sea Devil (SSN-664).
There are so many submarines at PSNSY that the yard is running out of pier space.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Thomas Edison12kThomas A. Edison (SSBN-610), at top, George Bancroft (SSBN-643) in the middle and Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) at the bottom,awaiting scrapping at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. 2000.
Courtesy of US Navy.
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).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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