USS SEADRAGON was the fourth and final SKATE - class nuclear-powered attack submarine and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Decommissioned on June 12, 1984, and stricken from the Navy list on April 30, 1986, the SEADRAGON 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 SEADRAGON entered the Recycling Program on October 1, 1994, and finished it on September 18, 1995.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: September 29, 1955|
|Keel laid: June 20, 1956|
|Launched: August 16, 1958|
|Commissioned: December 5, 1959|
|Decommissioned: June 12, 1984|
|Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H.|
|Propulsion system: one S4W nuclear reactor|
|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|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SEADRAGON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS SEADRAGON:
|October 5, 1959||off Portsmoth, NH.|
USS SEADRAGON collides with a whale, or possibly a large shark, while on the surface at night during her sea trials. The collision results in the bending of one of SEADRAGON's propellers. The submarine proceeds to Portsmouth for repairs on its own power using the other propeller.
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