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USS Sturgeon (SSN 637)

- decommissioned -

USS STURGEON was the first ship in the STURGEON - class of nuclear powered attack submarines. Named after the large, bony-plated fish with an elongated body which is found in both fresh and salt water, especially in the North Temperate Zone, and which is an important source of caviar and isinglass, the USS STURGEON was the third ship in the Navy to bear the name.

After more than 27 years of service, the STURGEON was both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on August 1, 1994. The submarine subsequently entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. Recycling of the USS STURGEON was completed on December 11, 1995.

General Characteristics:Awarded: November 30, 1961
Keel Laid: August 10, 1963
Launched: February 26, 1966
Commissioned: March 3, 1967
Decommissioned: August 1, 1994
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.
Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 292 feet (89 meters)
Beam: 31.7 feet (9.65 meters)
Draft: 29.2 feet (8.9 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 4,250 tons
Submerged: approx. 4,700 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots
Submerged: approx. 30 knots
Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon, Tomahawk, and SUBROC missiles, ability to lay mines
Crew: 12 Officers, 95 Enlisted

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Crew List:

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

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Ship's Store:

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Accidents aboard USS STURGEON:

May 21, 1973off the US Virgin IslandsUSS STURGEON runs aground suffering minor damage while operating in deep water during a dive off the US Virgin Islands. No injuries are reported and the submarines nuclear reactor was not affected. The STURGEON put into the nearest US port at Frederiksted, St. Croix, under its own power. The submarine later returned to Groton, CT, to repair the damage.

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