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|279k||Note: This photo is part of the PDF christening below.|
The Sunfish (SSN-649) was sponsored by Erma Ora James Byrd, wife of the Senator from West Virginia, Robert C. Byrd.
Mrs. Byrd would later sponsor the West Virginia (SSBN-736) in 1989.
|USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
Photo added 09/10/19.
|304k||Six page PDF of the Whale (SSN-638) & Sunfish (SSN-649) christening on 14 October 1966.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
|235k||Sunfish (SSN-649) & Whale (SSN-638) are tied to the pier after launching on 14 October 1966.||General Dynamics photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.|
|31k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the double launching of the Whale (SSN-638) & Sunfish (SSN-649) 14 October 1966.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|88k||Sunfish (SSN-649) underway during her sea trials, circa 1966-68.||USN photo courtesy of ssn649.net.|
|314k||Bow on view of the Sunfish (SSN-649) off Quincy MA, 16 February 1969.||USN photo # NPC 1139759 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
|208k||Bow on view of the Sunfish (SSN-649) off Quincy MA, 10 March 1969, during her sea trials and five days before her commissioning.(despite what is written on the photo).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
|540k||Commissioning ceremonies on the Sunfish (SSN-649), 15 March 1969.||AP Wire photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|192k||Bow on view of the Sunfish (SSN-649).||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
|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.|
|57k||The Sunfish (SSN-649) alongside the Submarine Tender Hunley (AS-31).||USN photo courtesy of tendertale.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|101k||Sunfish (SSN-649) at sunset, circa 1968-80.||USN photo courtesy of ssn649.net.|
|68k||Admiral James L. Holloway, III, USN, Chief of Naval Operations (left center) in the torpedo room of Sunfish (SSN-649), during a visit to the submarine at Charleston, South Carolina, 18 March 1976. Commander Zack T. Pate, Sunfish's commanding officer is in the center, talking with Admiral Holloway.||Official USN photo # NH 103817, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.|
|296k||Sunfish (SSN-649) is tugged at upon returning from somewhere at sometime.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com|
|1.06k||This photo of the Sunfish (SSN-649) during an emergency surfacing maneuver, was taken by a Navy photographer onboard the Frank Cable (AS-40) prior to exercise "Swamp Fox 81" in which the tender and 6 of the SUBRON4 submarines (3 tied to each side) resided in St. Thomas, USVI for about a week, possibly fall/winter, 1981.|
Partial text and photo i.d. courtesy of R. Gregg Gumaskas STS1(SS) Sunfish 80-84.
USN photo courtesy of via Tommy Trampp.
|781k||A port bow view of the Sunfish (SSN-649) entering the pier at Port Everglades, Florida on 23 May 1994.||Official USN photo # DN-SC-03-10059, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. and submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|659k||A port bow view of the Sunfish (SSN-649) moored to the pier at Port Everglades, Florida on 23 May 1994.||Official USN photo # DN-SC-03-10060, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. and submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|20k||Sunfish (SSN-649) top left, James Madison (SSBN-627) top right, Spadefish (SSN-668) bottom left, and Finback (SSN-670) bottom right, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 31 October 1997 awaiting scrapping.||Courtesy of Don Sheldon.|
|569k||Sealed 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),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
& 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 home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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|01||CDR. Thompson, Richard Lee, USN (USNA 1954)||15.03.1969 - 00.07.1971 First Date in Commission|
|02||CDR. Melton, Wade Inzer, USN||00.07.1971 -00.02.1974|
|03||CDR. Pate, Zachariah Taylor (Zack), USN (USNA 1958)||00.02.1974 - 00.12.1976|
|04||CDR. Lee, Richard Neyman, USN (USNA 1962)||00.12.1976 - 00.06.1981|
|05||CDR. Scarborough III, Oscar Daniel, USN (USNA 1965)||00.06.1981 - 00.08.1984|
|06||CDR. Pelaez, Marc Yve Eugenio, USN (USNA 1968)||00.08.1984 - 04.08.1987|
|07||CDR. Roberts, Dana Alan, USN (USNA 1971)||04.08.1987 - 02.06.1990|
|08||CDR. Wilson Jr., Eugene Kennon, USN (USNA 1973)||02.06.1990 - 00.10.1992|
|09||CDR. Fursman, Thomas Michael, USN||00.10.1992 - 01.04.1994|
|10||CDR. Roeske, Ernest Jackson, USN||01.04.1994 - 31.03.1997 Last Date in Commission|
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