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USS Sargo (SSN 583)

- decommissioned -

USS SARGO was the third SKATE - class nuclear-powered attack submarine and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Deactivated on February 26, 1988, and stricken from the Navy list on April 21, 1988, the SARGO spent the following years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Wash., awaiting to be disposed of through the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Surface Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. The SARGO entered the Recycling Program on April 14, 1994, and finished it on April 5, 1995.

General Characteristics:Awarded: September 29, 1955
Keel laid: February 21, 1956
Launched: October 10, 1957
Commissioned: October 1, 1958
Decommissioned: February 26, 1988
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.
Propulsion system: one S3W nuclear reactor
Propellers: two
Length: 267.4 feet (81.5 meters)
Beam: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Draft: 21 feet (6.4 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 2,570 tons     Submerged: approx. 2,861 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 18 knots     Submerged: approx. +20 knots
Armament: eight 533 mm torpedo tubes
Crew: 8 Officers, 75 Enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SARGO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS SARGO:

June 14, 1960Pearl Harbor, Hi.
USS SARGO suffers an explosion and fire in her aft end while docked at Pearl Harbor. The fire starts from a leak in a high-pressure line that was pumping oxygen aboard. The explosion occurs a few moments later. When dock units and boats are unable to bring the fire under control quickly, officers take the SARGO a short distance from the dock and submerge it with the stern hatch open to put out the blaze. The Navy says the ship's nuclear reactors were sealed off. and there was "absolutely no danger of an explosion from the reactor compartment." The submarine is extensively damaged and is drydocked taking three months to repair. The SARGO is the first nuclear ship in the Pacific Fleet and was scheduled to take the visiting King and Queen of Thailand on a cruise the next day.
1960Bering Strait
USS SARGO collides with an ice-keel during Ice Exercise '60 damaging her bow.

The photo below shows the SARGO arriving at Pearl Harbor with her bow damage clearly visible.

October 13, 196515 miles west of Oahu, Hi.
USS BARB (SSN 596) and the USS SARGO 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.

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