One of the PERMIT - class nuclear-powered attack submarines, the USS BARB was the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of the fish. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on December 20, 1989, the USS BARB later entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Recycling was completed on March 14, 1996.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 1959|
|Keel laid: November 9, 1959|
|Launched: February 12, 1962|
|Commissioned: August 24, 1963|
|Decommissioned: December 20, 1989|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp, Pascagoula, MS.|
|Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor|
|Length: 278.5 feet (84.9 meters)|
|Beam: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Draft: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,600 tons Submerged: approx. 4,300 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 20 knots Submerged: approx. 30 knots|
|Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for SUBROC, Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 91 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BARB. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS BARB:
|October 13, 1965||15 miles west of Oahu, Hi.|
USS BARB and the USS SARGO (SSN 583) collide while on maneuvers in the Pacific. Minor damage resulted to the forward end of one submarine and to the mast and sail of the other one, but there were no injuries and both ships return to port unassisted.
The photo below shows the SARGO arriving at Pearl Harbor. Her bow damage is clearly visible.