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USS Blueback (SS 581)

- decommissioned -

USS BLUEBACK was the second BARBEL - class submarine and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned on October 1, 1990, the BLUEBACK subsequently joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Bremerton, Wash. Stricken from the Navy list on October 30, 1990, the submarine was donated to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon, in February 1994, and is now serving as a museum ship.

General Characteristics:Keel laid: April 15, 1957
Launched: May 16, 1959
Commissioned: October 15, 1959
Decommissioned: October 1, 1990
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.
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 BLUEBACK. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS BLUEBACK:

DateWhereEvents
May 25, 1989off southern California
A fire aboard USS BLUEBACK forces the submarine to surface during training exercises. No injuries are reported and damage is slight.


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