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USS SAND LANCE (SSN-660) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1971 to 1998

SSN-660 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1965 - Keel Date: 15 JAN 1965
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME
NOV 1969 - Launch Date: 11 NOV 1969
JAN 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 13 JAN 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1971 - Commissioned: 25 SEP 1971
JAN 1978 - MAY 1978 Mediterranean
FEB 1979 - APR 1979 North Atlantic
DEC 1984 - MAY 1985 Mediterranean
MAR 1987 - JUN 1987 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV 1988 - OCT 1990 Regular Overhaul
JUL 1991 - OCT 1991 UNITAS
AUG 1998 - Decommissioned: 7 AUG 1998

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


The 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.

On 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. Sand Lance has 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]