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USS Bluefish (SSN-675)
USS Bluefish (SSN-675)
USS Bluefish (SSN-675) off Puerto Rico on 1 February 1991.
Name: USS Bluefish
Namesake: The bluefish
Ordered: 15 July 1966
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 13 March 1968
Launched: 10 January 1970
Sponsored by: Mrs. David Packard
Commissioned: 8 January 1971
Decommissioned: 31 May 1996
Struck: 31 May 1996
Motto: Blue Thunder from Down Under!
Fate: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 1 November 2003
General characteristics
Class & type: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
Displacement: 3,978 long tons (4,042 t) light
4,270 long tons (4,339 t) full
292 long tons (297 t) dead
Length: 292 ft 3 in (89.08 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)
Installed power: 15,000 shaft horsepower (11.2 megawatts)
Propulsion: One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced
25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) submerged
Test depth: 1,300 feet (396 meters)
Complement: 109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men)
Armament: 4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes amidships aft of bow
Mark 48 torpedoes
UUM-44A SUBROC missiles
UGM-84A/C Harpoon missiles
• Mark 57 deep-water mines
• Mark 60 CAPTOR mines

USS Bluefish (SSN-675), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the bluefish.

Construction and commissioning

The contract to build Bluefish was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 15 July 1966 and her keel was laid down there on 13 March 1968. She was launched on 10 January 1970, sponsored by Mrs. David Packard, and commissioned on 8 January 1971 with Commander Richard A. Peterson in command.

Service history

Bluefish surfaced at the North Pole on 4 May 1975.

Decommissioning and disposal

Bluefish was decommissioned with Commander Richard C. West in command on 31 May 1996 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 1 November 2003.


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