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USS Skate (SSN 578)

- decommissioned -

USS SKATE was the lead ship of a class of four nuclear-powered attack submarines and the second ship in the Navy named after the saltwater fish. Decommissioned on September 12, 1986, and stricken from the Navy list on October 30, 1986, the SKATE entered the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Surface Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on April 14, 1994. Recycling was finished on March 6, 1995.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 18, 1955
Keel laid: July 21, 1955
Launched: May 16, 1957
Commissioned: December 23, 1957
Decommissioned: September 12, 1986
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.
Propulsion system: one S3W nuclear reactor
Propellers: two
Length: 267.4 feet (81.5 meters)
Beam: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 2,570 tons     Submerged: approx. 2,861 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 18 knots     Submerged: approx. +20 knots
Armament: eight 533 mm torpedo tubes
Crew: 8 Officers, 75 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SKATE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS SKATE:

DateWhereEvents
July 24, 1958New London, CT.
USS SKATE suffers damage to her propeller when she collides with the USS FULTON (AS 11) while the tender is moored to a pier in New London, CT.
January 28, 1959off the US east coast
The port propeller of USS SKATE is damaged in a collision with the USS CUBERA (SS 347). The accident occurs just after the CUBERA delivered mail to the SKATE and moved away. No injuries are reported.
February 13, 1960Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.
The SKATE suffers minor damage after colliding with a concrete pier at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.
1962Baffin Bay, Thule, Greenland
USS SKATE's engine room begins to flood after a seawater circulation line fails while the SKATE is submerged at 400 feet. Seawater sprays in and starts to flood the engine room. The SKATE does not lose power and surfaces safely. On the surface, with the water pressure greatly reduced, the flooding is stopped.


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