USS SNOOK (SSN-592)
The second Snook (SSN-592) was laid down by the Ingalls
Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss., on 7 April 1958; launched on 31
October 1960; sponsored by Mrs. George L. Walling, mother of Comdr. J. F. Walling who
was commanding officer of the first Snook (SS-279) when she was lost in
action in World War II; and commissioned on 24 October 1961, Comdr. Howard Bucknell III
shakedown in the Puget Sound area, Snook departed San Diego on 23 June 1962 to deploy as a unit of the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific, returning
home on 21 December. On 1 February
1963, the submarine entered Mare
Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif., for extensive improvements of her hull. After leaving Mare Island on 23 August, Snook operated in the
San Diego area until deploying to the
western Pacific to join the 7th
Fleet, following which she again entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for
three and one-half months of repairs and the
installation of new electronic equipment.
After participating in local operations in the San Diego
area, Snook departed on 19 March 1965 for a six-month
deployment in the western Pacific. Highlights of this tour were calls at
Sasebo, Japan, and Chinhae, Korea. After return to San Diego, Snook spent
the next six months undergoing sound trials and drydocking; and, on 16 April 1966, headed
for the western Pacific. During this
deployment, she visited Okinawa; Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan; Chinhae, Korea; and Subic Bay, Philippines; before returning
to San Diego on 19 November.
On 19 March 1967, Snook got underway from San Diego
for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., and a 14-month overhaul
and refueling. On 30 June 1968, the submarine returned to San Diego and participated
in local operations, including the sinking as a target of Archerfish (AGSS-311).
Snook spent the first four months of
in various antisubmarine warfare exercises and preparing for overseas
deployment. In May, she once again departed
for the western Pacific for a deployment that lasted seven months, returning
home on 22 December. Late in January 1970, Snook participated in
exercise. Uptide with other units of the 1st Fleet. From June through September, she was drydocked at Mare
Island Naval Shipyard. Following return to San Diego, the submarine sailed for a six-month deployment with the
7th Fleet, returning to San Diego on
12 July 1971. Snook spent the
remainder of the year in port and in operations off the California coast.
Operating locally in the San Diego area through the first
four months of 1972, Snook got underway on 13 May for a
two-month tour supporting United States forces in Vietnam and visiting
Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Following drydocking at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Snook got underway on 10 January
1973 for her eighth deployment with the 7th
Fleet. During this deployment, Snook visited Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii, and Guam in the Marianas.
She returned to San Diego on 16 June and began a four-week, post-deployment
leave and upkeep period, followed by another four weeks engaged in sonar evaluation tests. On 26 November, following her
participation in COMTUEX 12-73, Snook entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard to begin a refueling overhaul. As
of 31 July 1974, she remains at Mare Island completing overhaul.
[Note: The above USS SNOOK (SSN-592) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SNOOK (SSN-592), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]