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U.S.S. GUARDFISH

(SSN-612)

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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
FEB1961-Keel Date: 28 FEB 1961
at New York Shipbuilding Camden NJ
MAY1965-Launch Date: 15 MAY 1965
DEC1966-Commissioned: 20 DEC 1966
MAR1970-MAR1970Panama Canal
MAR1970-MAR1971Overhaul, Pascagoula, Mississippi
FEB1971-FEB1971Panama Canal
MAY1971-OCT1971West Pac
JAN1973-MAR1974West Pac
NOV1973-Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1978-JAN1979West Pac
NOV1981-JUN1982West Pac
AUG1986-Shellback Initiation - 20 AUG 1986 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1987-FEB1988West Pac
FEB1992-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



USS GUARDFISH (SSN-612)



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]