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USS SCAMP (SSN-588) - a Skipjack-class submarine

In Commission 1961 to 1988

SSN-588 Deployments - Major Events

Add a SSN-588 Shellback Initiation Add a SSN-588 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN1959-Keel Date: 23 JAN 1959
at Mare Island Naval Shipyard Vallejo CA
OCT1960-Launch Date: 8 OCT 1960
JUN1961-Commissioned: 5 JUN 1961
SEP1967- Shellback Initiation - 16 SEP 1967 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1967- Shellback Initiation - 16 SEP 1967 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1971-JAN1972West Pac
SEP1971- Shellback Initiation - 15 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1971-MAR1972West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY1972-AUG1972West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1972-AUG1972West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1973-AUG1973West Pac
JUL1974-DEC1975Dry Dock
JUL1976-DEC1976West Pac
FEB1987-FEB1987Rescue at sea of BALSA 24
APR1988-Decommissioned: 28 APR 1988

SSN-588 General Specifications

Class: Skipjack-class submarine

Complement: 83 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2830 tons

Length: 232 feet

Beam: 32 feet

Draft: 30 feet 5 in

Final Disposition: Entered the Submarine Recycling Program in 1990


The second Scamp a nuclear submarine was laid down on 23 January 1959 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard San Franciseo Calif.; launched on 8 October 1960 sponsored by Mrs. John C. Hollingsworth widow of Comdr. John C. Hollingsworth the commanding officer of Scamp (SS-277) at the time of her loss in November of 1944; and commissioned at Mare Island on 5 June 1961 Comdr. W. N. Dietzen in command.

Scamp's first four months in the fleet were taken up by advanced trials and training exercises in the Bremerton Wash.; San Diego Calif.; and Pearl Harbor Hawaii areas. Following these operations she returned to Vallejo for post-shakedown availability at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Leaving the shipyard Scamp completed her final acceptance trials and began local operations in the San Diego area. In April 1962 she deployed to the western Pacific returning to San Diego in July. She operated locally until September when she departed on another extended training cruise. Scamp returned to San Diego and local operations until February of 1963 when she entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for interim drydoeking. She refloated in March and in April deployed again to the western Pacific. While in the Far East she conducted another extended period of advanced training including operations in the Okinawa area. Scamp reentered San Diego Bay in October 1963. She resumed her west coast operations out of San Diego until June 1964 then she headed west again for advanced readiness training. She arrived back in San Diego in September 1964.

Scamp entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard again in January 1965 for extensive modification. In June 1966 after the installation of the SUBSAFE package and overhaul she left Mare Island and returned to training cruises in the San Diego operating area. In November she ventured north to Puget Sound for a month of operations and returned to San Diego in December The nuclear submarine operated out of San Diego for the first six months of 1967. On 28 June she departed San Diego to join the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific. She remained in the Far East participating in fleet operations along the Vietnamese coast until returning to San Diego on 28 December 1967.

Scamp operated out of San Diego in the local operating area from January to May 1968. On 11 May she arrived at Pearl Harbor to conclude an extended training cruise. She returned to San Diego on the 19th and remained there until 15 June when the submarine shifted to San Franciseo to enter Mare Island Naval Shipyard for a three-week restricted availability. She returned to San Diego on 16 July and finished out the year sailing from that port on various exercises and training cruises.

Scamp continued stateside duty throughout 1969. She alternated in-port periods with training cruises until early March when she began pre-overhaul tests in the San Diego operating area. She continued preparing for overhaul and participating in exercises until 1 November when she entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for regular overhaul. While at Bremerton Scamp was assigned that port as her new home port. The overhaul continued through 1970 and ended in January 1971.

Following post-overhaul sea trials in Puget Sound Scamp was reassigned back to San Diego as home port on 12 February 1971 but did not enter that port until 16 April after a voyage to Pearl Harbor. On 27 July she deployed to the western Pacific. Scamp stopped at Pearl Harbor from 2 to 13 August then headed on to Subic Bay R.P. arriving on the 30th. For the bulk of 1971 she operated with the 7th Fleet in Far Eastern waters other than off the coast of Vietnam except for one short two-day period 8 and 9 October.

She returned to San Diego on 2 February 1972 but due to increasing tension in Southeast Asia redeployed to the 7th Fleet in May. She operated in the South China Sea for most of the summer returning to San Diego on 1 August. Upon arrival she went into a two- month standdown period followed by more than a month of restricted availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. She departed Puget Sound on 28 November conducted weapons system accuracy tests and returned on 11 December to San Diego where she remained for the remainder of the year.

Scamp operated locally around San Diego until 29 March 1973. At that time she departed the west coast for deployment to the Far East. She stayed at Pearl Harbor between 5 and 10 April then headed for Yokosuka Japan. She arrived in Japan on 23 April and operated with the 7th Fleet until 1 September when she departed Guam for Pearl Harbor. Scamp stopped at Pearl Harbor during the period 10 to 15 September then set sail for San Diego. Arriving on 21 September the nuclear submarine immediately entered a period of standdown and upkeep until 1 November when she resumed operations in the vicinity of San Diego. She has continued this employment into June 1974.

Scamp (SSN-588) earned three battle stars for service in the Vietnam War.

[Note: The above USS SCAMP (SSN-588) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SCAMP (SSN-588) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]