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USS Ray (SSN 653)

- decommissioned -

USS RAY was the eleventh STURGEON - class fast attack submarine and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on March 16, 1993, the RAY spent the following years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Wash., awaiting her turn in the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. Recycling of the RAY was finished in 2001.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 26, 1963
Keel Laid: January 4, 1965
Launched: June 21, 1966
Commissioned: April 12, 1967
Decommissioned: March 16, 1993
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.
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 RAY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS RAY:

September 20, 1977south of Sardinia, ItalyUSS RAY strikes the bottom of the sea damaging her bow area. The RAY surfaces and proceeds to the La Maddalena naval base on Sardinia and is escorted by the USS GRAYLING (SSN 646).

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