General Dynamics Electric Boat|
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Mare Island Naval Shipyard
USS Nautilus (SSN-571)|
USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
|Succeeded by:||Skipjack-class submarine|
|Type:||Fast attack submarine|
2,250 long tons (2,290 t) surfaced|
2,850 long tons (2,900 t) submerged
|Length:||267 ft 7 in (81.56 m)|
|Beam:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Draft:||21 ft 3 in (6.48 m)|
18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h) surfaced|
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) submerged
|Test depth:||700 ft (210 m)|
|Complement:||84 officers and men|
|Armament:||8 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes (6 forward, 2 aft)|
The Skate-class submarines were the United States Navy's first production run of nuclear-powered submarines. They were an evolution of the Tang class in everything but their propulsion plants, which were based on the experimental USS Nautilus. The four Skate class boats re-introduced stern torpedo tubes. Although among the smallest nuclear-powered attack submarines ever built, the Skate class served for several decades, with the last being decommissioned in 1989. USS Skate was the first submarine to surface at the North Pole, on March 17, 1959.
- "USS Skate (SSN 578)". Unofficial U.S. Navy Site. http://navysite.de/ssn/ssn578.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "USS Sargo (SSN 583)". Unofficial U.S. Navy Site. http://navysite.de/ssn/ssn583.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "USS Swordfish (SSN 579)". Unofficial U.S. Navy Site. http://navysite.de/ssn/ssn579.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "USS Seadragon (SSN 584)". Unofficial U.S. Navy Site. http://navysite.de/ssn/ssn584.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Miller, David. The Illustrated Directory of Submarines of the World. Pg 366. ISBN 0-7603-1345-8.
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