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USS Jack (SSN 605)

- decommissioned -

USS JACK was one of the PERMIT - class nuclear-powered attack submarines and the second ship in the Navy named after the fish. The JACK was the only submarine in her class equipped with an experimental direct-drive plant with counter-rotating propellers on a single shaft. The engine spaces were lengthened by ten feet and the shaft was lengthened by seven feet to accomodate this additional equipment. Although counter-rotating propellers had previously produced impressive gains in speed on the experimental ALBACORE (AGSS 569), in this instance the results were disappointing and led to the abandoment of this approach in subsequent submarine design. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on July 11, 1990, the JACK subsequently entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Recycling was completed on June 30, 1992.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 13, 1959
Keel laid: September 16, 1960
Launched: April 24, 1963
Commissioned: March 31, 1967
Decommissioned: July 11, 1990
Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.
Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor
Propellers: two
Length: 293.6 feet (89.5 meters)
Beam: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)
Draft: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,600 tons     Submerged: approx. 4,500 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

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS JACK:

April 27, 1981Alexandria, Egypt
During a five-day port visit, the USS TRENTON (LPD 14) and USS JACK are slightly damaged when the JACK, moored alongside, surges against the TRENTON in a sea swell.

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