USS TUNNY (SSN-682)
The second Tunny (SSN-682)
was laid down on 22 May 1970 at Pascagoula, Miss., by the Ingalls Ship building Division of Litton Systems Inc.; launched
on 10 June 1972; sponsored by Mrs.
Lola Aiken; and commissioned on 26 January
1974 at Charleston, S.C., Comdr. Dennis Y. Sloan in command.
Tunny remained at Charleston, her home port, until March when she moved to Groton, Conn., for two
weeks of in-port training at the
submarine base. Between March and
June, she conducted shakedown training in the West Indies and along the east coast. From June to August, the nuclear-powered submarine
conducted normal operations out of
Charleston before heading north to the
Portsmouth (N.H.) Naval Shipyard where she
began post-shakedown overhaul on 12 August. The warship completed repairs on 5 October and headed back to
Charleston where she resumed normal training operations.
In February 1975, Tunny
began preparations for her first
deployment to the Mediterranean. She stood out of Charleston and headed across the Atlantic on 6 March and changed operational control to the 6th
Fleet 10 days later. During the first part of her tour in
the Mediterranean, the submarine operated with Task Force (TF) 60 conducting antisubmarine (ASW) exercises with the other ships of the unit. Following
refit and tender upkeep in June and
early July at Santo Stefano, Sardinia, Tunny rejoined the 6th Fleet as a
unit of TF 69 and resumed ASW
training. After participating in a
major 6th Fleet exercise late in July and
early in August, the warship departed the Mediterranean for home. She changed operational control from 6th Fleet to the Atlantic Fleet Submarine
Force on 17 August and arrived in
Charleston 12 days later. After post-deployment stand down in September and a shipyard availability at Charleston in October and
November, she resumed operations-mostly type training-out of Charleston
on 20 November.
Type training along the South Carolina and Florida coasts occupied her time during the first month of
1976. February brought inspections and
examinations; and, in March, she
participated in two special operations designed
to help develop and evaluate submarine tactics. In May, Tunny began preparations for her second tour of duty with the 6th Fleet but did not embark upon that
assignment for over two months. In the meantime, she conducted one exercise-in mine warfare-in June. Finally, on 26 July, she sailed out of Charleston
on her way to the Mediterranean.
Following a visit to Lisbon, Portugal,
the attack submarine joined the 6th Fleet on 11 August. After a month of ASW training, highlighted by†
Exercise† "National† Week†
XXI,"† the† warship put into† Santo† Stefano for†
a month of upkeep alongside Howard
W. Gilmore (AS-16). In October,
she returned to sea for ASW training operations
punctuated periodically with a visit to Naples or upkeep at Santo Stefano. That routine continued until 11
December, when she departed Santo
Stefano to return to the United
States. Arriving in Charleston on 22 December, she commenced a
combination of holiday leave and up keep
and post-deployment stand down.
January 1977 found Tunny undergoing an extensive
upkeep following her Mediterranean deployment. She then resumed operations off the east coast which extended through the spring and summer months. In
mid-September, the attack submarine
commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard which was concluded in
late November, followed by a short
sea trial period. Following refresher
training at the Naval Submarine School,
New London, Tunny returned to Charleston for the Christmas holidays.
Tunny spent January and part of February 1978 preparing for a North Atlantic deployment which commenced in late February and concluded in late
April. In July, Tunny's home port
was changed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the ship transited to that port on 19 August. The remainder of the year was devoted to
local operations in preparation for
a forthcoming deployment to the western Pacific in 1979.
[Note: The above USS TUNNY (SSN-682) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS TUNNY (SSN-682), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]