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USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) - a Sturgeon-class attack submarine

In Commission 1969 to 1995

SSN-669 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1966 - Keel Date: 13 AUG 1966
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
JUN 1968 - Launch Date: 15 JUN 1968
SEP 1969 - Commissioned: 19 SEP 1969
NOV 1970 - FEB 1971 North Atlantic
AUG 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
FEB 1972 - MAY 1972 North Atlantic
SEP 1972 - NOV 1972 North Atlantic
OCT 1973 - FEB 1974 Mediterranean
MAR 1974 - MAY 1975 Regular Overhaul
FEB 1976 - MAY 1976 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV 1976 - MAY 1977 Mediterranean
NOV 1981 - APR 1982 Circumnavigation
JUL 1986 - SEP 1986 North Atlantic
DEC 1986 - JUN 1989 Regular Overhaul
AUG 1992 - JAN 1993 Mediterranean
AUG 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1995 - Decommissioned: 17 AUG 1995

SSN-669 General Specifications

Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine

Named for: The seahorse

Complement: 13 Officers and 95 Enlisted

Displacement: 4027 tons

Length: 292 feet

Beam: 32 feet

Flank Speed: 15 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program begun 1 March 1995 completed 30 September 1996


The second Seahorse (SSN-669) was laid down on 13 August 1966 by General Dynamics Corp., Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn.; launched on 15 June1968; sponsored by Mrs. Paul R. Ignatius, wife of the Secretary of the Navy; and commissioned on 19 September 1969, Comdr. George T. Harper, Jr., in command.

Following a Caribbean shakedown cruise and visits to Roosevelt Roads and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Frederiksted, St. Croix, Seahorse returned to her home port, Charleston, S.C. For the remainder of 1969 and through November 1970, the submarine operated in the Atlantic and Caribbean areas, engaging in local operations and conducting type training.

On 30 November, Seahorse got underway from Charleston on her first major deployment, in which she operated in the Atlantic and visited Bremerhaven, Germany, before returning to Charleston on 14 February 1971. For the next four months, Seahorse conducted type training, engaged in air group operations, and made final preparations for an extended Mediterranean deployment. Departing Charleston on 21 June, she arrived at Rota, Spain, on 2 July and continued to operate in the Mediterranean Sea until 4 October, when she headed back to Charleston. She remained in Charleston for the next three and one-half months.

On 9 February 1972, Seahorse set sail for a north Atlantic deployment, visiting Faslane, Scotland, before returning to Charleston on 11 May. During the months of June, July, and August, she spent four weeks at sea in the Atlantic providing services for air groups and participating in destroyer operations. In September, Seahorse departed for the North Atlantic to narticipate in NATO Exercise "Strong Express," followed by exercises with Great Britain and Canada in October, and with the Royal Netherlands Navy in November. The submarine returned to Charleston on 5 November, where she continued to operate into 1974.

[Note: The above USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SEAHORSE (SSN-669), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]