SSN-663 General Specifications
Class: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
Named for: The hammerhead shark
Displacement: 3860 tons
Length: 292 feet 3 inches
Beam: 31 feet 8 inches
Draft: 28 feet 8 in
Final Disposition: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 22 November 1995
USS HAMMERHEAD (SSN-663)
The second Hammerhead (SS(N)-663)
a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine
was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
29 November 1965; launched 14 April 1967 and sponsored by Mrs. O. Clark Fisher,
and commissioned on 28 June 1968 with Commander E. Frederick Murphy, Jr., in command.
A key element in the underwater deterrent force of the Navy she contributes to the vital
continuing task of "keeping the peace" over the vast reaches of global waters. Designed to attack and destroy all types of enemy ships
she is able to operate for long periods at great depths and at high submerged speed
making her a potent and effective challenge to enemy submarines. Operating under nuclear power
she also can conduct long-range reconnaissance patrols and surveillance missions without risking detection by surface ships. Moreover
she is able to carry out extensive ASW operations
either alone or with other fleet submarines and destroyer-type surface ships.
[Note: The above USS HAMMERHEAD (SSN-663) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS HAMMERHEAD (SSN-663) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]