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U.S.S. PARGO

(SSN-650)

Underwater Thoroughbred

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USS PARGO (SSN-650) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1968 to 1995

SSN-650 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1964 Keel Date: 3 JUN 1964
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
SEP 1966 Launch Date: 17 SEP 1966
JAN 1968 Commissioned: 5 JAN 1968
FEB 1969 - FEB 1969 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
FEB 1969 - FEB 1969 North Pole
JUL 1970 - MAR 1971 Mark 48 torpedo
MAY 1979 - OCT 1979 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - DEC 1980 Battle E, Engineering E, and ASW A
JAN 1980 - DEC 1980 Awarded Battle
FEB 1980 - APR 1980 Restricted Availability(SRA) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
SEP 1980 - NOV 1980 Speical Operations
JAN 1981 - MAR 1981 Speical Operations
APR 1981 - APR 1981 Meritorious Unit Commendation
APR 1982 - AUG 1982 Mediterranean
JAN 1985 - JAN 1987 Dry Dock
JAN 1986 - FEB 1986 Panama Canal
MAY 1988 - OCT 1988 Mediterranean-West Africa
JAN 1990 - MAR 1990 Special Operations - Barents Sea
SEP 1990 - NOV 1990 Faroe Islands
MAR 1991 - JUL 1991 North Pole
MAY 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1991 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1995 Decommissioned: 14 APR 1995

SSN-650 General Specifications

Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine

Named for: The pargo

Complement: 107 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 4600 tons

Length: 292 feet

Beam: 31 feet

Flank Speed: Over 20 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program begun 1 October 1994 completed 15 October 1996



USS PARGO (SSN-650)



The second Pargo (SSN-650) was laid down 3 June 1964 by General Dynamics Corp. Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.; launched 17 September 1966; sponsored by Mrs. James L. Holloway, Jr.; and commissioned 5 January 1968, Comdr. Steven A. White in command.

Assigned to Submarine Development Group 2, with a homeport of New London, Conn., her primary wartime mission is to detect, track and destroy enemy submarines. She combines the endurance and environmental independence of nuclear power with deep submergence, high speed, quietness, and the most advanced weapons and electronics capabilities. These characteristics make her one of the Navy's most effective anti-submarine warfare weapons.

After acoustic trials and a restricted availability at Groton, Conn., Pargo participated in the search for Scorpion (SSN-589) 27 May to 7 June 1968, and spent the rest of the year conducting various trials in the Caribbean and off New London. As of 1970 the second Pargo is still operating with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

[Note: The above USS PARGO (SSN-650) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PARGO (SSN-650), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]