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USS LAPON (SSN-661) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1967 to 1992

SSN-661 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1965 - Keel Date: 26 JUL 1965
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
DEC 1966 - Launch Date: 16 DEC 1966
DEC 1967 - Commissioned: 14 DEC 1967
DEC 1969 - JUL 1970 North Atlantic
NOV 1974 - MAY 1975 Mediterranean
APR 1978 - SEP 1978 Mediterranean
JUN 1979 - SEP 1979 North Atlantic
MAY 1980 - OCT 1980 Mediterranean
MAY 1985 - NOV 1985 Circumnavigation
AUG 1992 - Decommissioned: 8 AUG 1992

SSN-661 General Specifications

Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine

Named for: The lapon

Complement: 107 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3860 tons

Length: 292 feet

Beam: 31 feet 8 inches

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 30 November 2004


Lapon was laid down 26 July 1965 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.; launched 16 December 1966; sponsored by Mrs. Charles D. Griffin; and commissioned 14 December 1967, Comdr. Chester M. Mack in command.

Upon commissioning, Lapon reported to Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet for duty, with her homeport at Norfolk, Va. She spent most of 1968 going through training programs and cruising along the east coast of the United States. Into 1969, she is preparing for a Mediterranean deployment and will join the 6th Fleet.

[Note: The above USS LAPON (SSN-661) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS LAPON (SSN-661), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]