USS BARBEL was the first ship in the Navy's last class of conventionally-powered submarines built in the 20th century. Decommissioned on December 4, 1989, and stricken from the Navy list on January 17, 1990, the BARBEL was finally sunk as a target on January 30, 2001 at 032° 19' 08.0" North, 121° 36' 16.0" West at a depth of 1972 fathoms.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: May 18, 1956|
|Launched: July 19, 1958|
|Commissioned: January 17, 1959|
|Decommissioned: December 4, 1989|
|Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH.|
|Propulsion system: three Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, two General Electric motors|
|Length: 219.5 feet (66.9 meters)|
|Beam: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Draft: 27.9 feet (8.5 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 2,570 tons Submerged: approx. 2,895 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 25 knots|
|Armament: six 533 mm torpedo tubes|
|Crew: 8 Officers, 70 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BARBEL. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS BARBEL:
|May 1, 1989||off Kyushu, Japan|
A wave washes three sailors from the deck of the BARBEL as it conducts surface operations. Two of the sailors drown and the third is rescued.
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