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USS GUARDFISH (SSN-612) - a Thresher/Permit-class submarine

In Commission 1966 to 1992

SSN-612 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1961 - Keel Date: 28 FEB 1961
at New York Shipbuilding Camden NJ
MAY 1965 - Launch Date: 15 MAY 1965
DEC 1966 - Commissioned: 20 DEC 1966
MAR 1970 - MAR 1970 Panama Canal
MAR 1970 - MAR 1971 Overhaul, Pascagoula, Mississippi
FEB 1971 - FEB 1971 Panama Canal
MAY 1971 - OCT 1971 West Pac
NOV 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1978 - JAN 1979 West Pac
NOV 1981 - JUN 1982 West Pac
AUG 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 20 AUG 1986 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1987 - FEB 1988 West Pac
FEB 1992 - Decommissioned: 4 FEB 1992

SSN-612 General Specifications

Class: Thresher/Permit-class submarine

Complement: 99 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3700 tons

Length: 279 feet

Beam: 32 feet

Draft: 29 feet

Final Disposition: Entered Ship-Submarine Recycling Program 1992


The second Guardfish (SS(N)-612) was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden N.J. 28 February 1961; launched 15 May 1965; sponsored by Mrs. Kenneth E. Belieu wife of Assistant Secretary of Navy; and commissioned 20 December 1966 Comdr. G. H. Hines in command.

At present Guardfish is undergoing tests and shakedown. Once completed she will join the Pacific Fleet to become yet another link in the Navy's ever expanding underwater deterrent force. In addition to her primary mission of seeking out attacking and destroying all types of enemy ships she can conduct long-range reconnaissance and surveillance patrols and can carry out extensive ASW operations. Her high-speed deep-running far-ranging mobility and her deadly array of modern armament and ASW equipment make her an important part of the Navy's continuing task of "keeping the peace" over the vast reaches of global waters.

[Note: The above USS GUARDFISH (SSN-612) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GUARDFISH (SSN-612) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]