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U.S.S. PUFFER

(SSN-652)

PRIDE IN PERFECTION

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USS PUFFER (SSN-652) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1969 to 1996

SSN-652 Deployments - Major Events

Add a SSN-652 Shellback Initiation Add a SSN-652 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1965 - Keel Date: 8 FEB 1965
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
MAR 1968 - Launch Date: 30 MAR 1968
AUG 1969 - Commissioned: 9 AUG 1969
AUG 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 7 AUG 1977 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 16 NOV 1981 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1993 - APR 1993 North Pole
APR 1993 - APR 1993 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1993 - JUN 1993 Panama Canal
JUN 1993 - JUN 1993 Shell Back
JUL 1996 - Decommissioned: 12 JUL 1996

SSN-652 General Specifications

Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine

Named for: The pufferfish

Complement: 14 Officers and 95 Enlisted

Displacement: 3978 tons

Length: 292 feet

Beam: 32 feet

Flank Speed: Over 20 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 28 March 1997



USS PUFFER (SSN-652)



The second Puffer was laid down 8 February 1965 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss.; launched 30 March 1968; sponsored by Mrs. John B. Colwell; and commissioned 9 August 1969, Lt. Comdr. John M. Will, Jr., in command.

This undersea warrior, one of the most modern and advanced submarines, will be a worthy successor to the famed Puffer that fought so valiantly in World War II.

[Note: The above USS PUFFER (SSN-652) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PUFFER (SSN-652), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]