USS GATO was one of the PERMIT - class nuclear-powered attack submarines and the second ship in the Navy named after the specie of small shark found in waters along the west coast of Mexico. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on April 25, 1996, the GATO subsequently entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Recycling was completed on November 1, 1996.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 9, 1960|
|Keel laid: December 15, 1961|
|Launched: May 14, 1964|
|Commissioned: January 25, 1968|
|Decommissioned: April 25, 1996|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.|
|Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor|
|Length: 292.3 feet (89.1 meters)|
|Beam: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Draft: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,900 tons Submerged: approx. 4,600 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 GATO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS GATO:
|November 1969||White Sea / Barents Sea|
The New York Times reports in the July 6, 1975 edition, that the USS GATO collided with a Soviet submarine the night of November 14 or 15, 1969, about 15 to 25 miles from the entrance of the White Sea in the Barents Sea. A crewmember is quoted as saying the GATO was struck in the heavy plating that serves as a protective shield around the nuclear reactor, but the ship sustained no serious damage. The accident reportedly occurred during a Holystone operation.