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USS Greenling (SSN-614)
USS Greenling (SSN-614)
Name: USS Greenling
Awarded: 9 June 1960
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 15 August 1961
Launched: 4 April 1964
Commissioned: 3 November 1967
Decommissioned: 18 April 1994
Struck: 18 April 1994
Fate: Entered Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1994
General characteristics
Class & type: Thresher/Permit-class submarine
Displacement: 3,732 long tons (3,792 t)
Length: 292 ft 3 in (89.08 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Propulsion: S5W PWR
Speed: more than 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 99 officers and men
Armament: • 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Greenling (SSN-614), a Thresher-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the greenling, an elongate, fine-scaled fish found from Kamchatka to California. Her keel was laid down on 15 August 1961 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut.

On 10 April 1963, Thresher, the lead ship of Greenling's class, was lost due to severe design flaws in her non-nuclear piping systems. Because she was still early in the construction process, Greenling was one of three selected Thresher-class submarines selected for conversion to the "improved Thresher class." She was launched on 4 April 1964 sponsored by Mrs. H.C. Bruton. On 29 April, she was towed to Quincy, Massachusetts, for lengthening and submarine safety program (SUBSAFE) modifications. Modifications included increased buoyancy and adding 13 feet 9 inches of length to the hull, providing improved living and working conditions for the crew and space for additional equipment. Before construction of Greenling was completed, she and her sister ships were redesignated the Permit class, after the eldest surviving member of the class. Greenling was commissioned on 3 November 1967 with Commander Guy H.B. Schaffer in command.

Service history

On 27 May 1968, Greenling's fleet training exercise was interrupted by the search and rescue operation for missing submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589). Her Commanding Officer was designated the Commander of the SAR Task Element, which included of three nuclear and four diesel submarines. That assignment continued until 12 June 1968.

History from 1968 to 1994 needed.

Greenling was decommissioned on 18 April 1994 and was subsequently disposed through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 30 September 1994. Equipment from Greenling's control room was salvaged and used to construct a simulation of a submarine control room as an exhibit at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington.


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