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USS GURNARD (SSN-662) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1968 to 1995

SSN-662 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1964 - Keel Date: 22 DEC 1964
at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo CA
JAN 1967 - JAN 1973 Sea Trials
MAY 1967 - Launch Date: 20 MAY 1967
DEC 1968 - Commissioned: 6 DEC 1968
JAN 1971 - JAN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1976 - APR 1976 North Pole
APR 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1981 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1990 - MAY 1990 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 22 AUG 1991 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1993 - JUL 1993 West Pac
APR 1995 - Decommissioned: 28 APR 1995

SSN-662 General Specifications

Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine

Named for: The gurnard

Complement: 14 Officers and 95 Enlisted

Displacement: 4010 tons

Length: 292 feet

Beam: 32 feet

Flank Speed: Over 20 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 15 October 1997


The second Gurnard (SS(N)-662) a Sturgeon-Class nuclear submarine was laid down 22 December 1964 by the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard Vallejo, Calif.; launched 20 May 1967; sponsored by Mrs. George P. Miller, and commissioned on 6 December 1968 with Commander William S. Cole, Jr., in command.

Once commissioned she will become a key element in the underwater deterrent force of the Navy and will contribute vitally to the continuing task of "keeping the peace" over the vast reaches of global waters. Designed to attack and destroy all types of enemy ships her ability to operate for long periods at great depths and at high submerged speed will make her a potent and effective challenge to enemy submarines. Operating under nuclear power she will be able to conduct long-range reconnaissance patrols and surveillance missions without risking detection by surface ships. Moreover she will be able to carry out extensive ASW operations either alone or with other fleet submarines or with destroyer-type surface ships.

[Note: The above USS GURNARD (SSN-662) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GURNARD (SSN-662) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]