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|
|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|
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.
Accidents aboard USS SKATE:
|July 24, 1958||New 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, 1959||off 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, 1960||Electric 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.
|1962||Baffin 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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