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USS Barbel (SS 580)

- decommissioned -
- sunk as a target -

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
Propellers: one
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


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Crew List:

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.


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Accidents aboard USS BARBEL:

DateWhereEvents
May 1, 1989off 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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