SSN-660 General Specifications
Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
Named for: The sand lance
Complement: 12 Officers and 95 Enlisted
Displacement: 4031 tons
Length: 292 feet
Beam: 31 feet
Final Disposition: Disposed of by submarine recycling
USS SAND LANCE (SSN-660)
second Sand Lance was laid down by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on 15 January 1965; launched on 11 November 1969;
sponsored by Mrs. Thomas J. Mclntyre; was placed in service on 4 January 1971; and commissioned on 25
September 1971, Comdr. William A.
Kennington in command.
the day of her commissioning, Sand Lance's home port was changed from
Portsmouth to Charleston, S. C., and she spent the remainder of the year on shakedown. Sand Lance operated
in the Charleston area for the whole of 1972; and, in February 1973, stood out of that port for special
operations. She returned to Charleston on 21 April, remained in port until 11 June, and departed again on
special operations. She completed these operations in August and put in at Fas-lane, Scotland, on the
13th. Sand Lance left Faslane on 20 August and arrived in Charleston on 5 September.
continued to operate out of Charleston, in the western Atlantic and in the Caribbean, since
then. As of
June 1974, she is in port in Charleston.
Sand Lance (SSN-660) under construction at Portsmouth, with
temporary safety railings rigged around her deck. The external difference between this new generation of submarines
and its predecessors is readily apparent,
and almost as marked as their internal differences. The external fairing on the
lower hull is temporary, designed to
provide added buoyancy for the bow during the launching and to avoid excessive
strain on the hull.
[Note: The above USS SAND LANCE (SSN-660) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAND LANCE (SSN-660), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]