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USS Canopus (AS 34)

- decommissioned -

USS CANOPUS was the second SIMON LAKE - class submarine tender. Decommissioned on November 30, 1994, and stricken from the Navy list on May 3, 1995, the CANOPUS spent the next years laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, Va. She was later sold for scrapping to Able, UK, Teeside, England. On October 16, 2003, the CANOPUS left the James River and was towed to England for scrap.

General Characteristics:Awarded: September 19, 1963
Keel laid: March 2, 1964
Launched: February 12, 1965
Commissioned: November 4, 1965
Decommissioned: November 30, 1994
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss.
Propulsion System: two boilers, steam turbines, one shaft
Propellers: one
Length: 643.7 feet (196.2 meters)
Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)
Draft: 30 feet (9.1 meters)
Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons
Speed: 18 knots
Armament: four 20mm guns
Crew: approx. 1,200

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS CANOPUS:

November 29, 1970Holy Loch, Scotland
Fire breaks out in a baggage storeroom in the stern of USS CANOPUS while the ship is in the Holy Loch Naval Base. The Daily Telegraph reports that the CANOPUS was carrying nuclear-armed missiles and that two SSBN, the USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (SSBN 657) and the USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN 645), were moored alongside. The FRANCIS SCOTT KEY cast off, but the POLK remained alongside. The fire was brought under control after four hours. Three men were killed and the cause of the fire was unknown. US Navy documents record that "damage was extensive in the small area in which the fire was contained," but "repairs were effected on site and the CANOPUS was never 'off the line' ".

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