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USS Guardfish (SSN-612)
USS Guardfish (SSN-612)
Career (United States of America)
Name: USS Guardfish
Namesake: The guardfish, a long and voracious fish
Awarded: 9 June 1960
Builder: New York Shipbuilding, Camden, New Jersey
Laid down: 28 February 1961
Launched: 15 May 1965
Sponsored by: Mrs. Kenneth E. BeLieu
Commissioned: 20 December 1966
Decommissioned: 4 February 1992
Struck: 4 February 1992
Fate: Recycled via Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, 1992
Status: Recycled
General characteristics
Class & type: Thresher/Permit-class submarine
Displacement: 3,700 long tons (3,759 t)
Length: 279 ft (85 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Propulsion: S5W PWR
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 99 officers and men
Armament: • 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Guardfish (SSN-612), a Thresher-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the guardfish, a voracious green and silvery fish with elongated pike-like body and long narrow jaws.

The contract to build her was awarded to New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey on 9 June 1960 and her keel was laid down on 28 February 1961. She was launched on 15 May 1965, sponsored by Mrs. Kenneth E. BeLieu, wife of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and commissioned on 20 December 1966 with Commander Gulmer A. Hines, Jr. in command.

History from 1966 to 1992 needed.


Guardfish was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 4 February 1992. Her hulk entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. Recycling was completed on 9 July 1992.


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