USS SKIPJACK was the first ship in a series of six nuclear-powered attack submarines and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on April 19, 1990, the SKIPJACK later entered the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., and finished it on July 31, 1998.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: October 5, 1955|
|Keel laid: May 29, 1956|
|Launched: May 26, 1958|
|Commissioned: April 15, 1959|
|Decommissioned: April 19, 1990|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.|
|Propulsion system: one S5W nuclear reactor|
|Length: 251.64 feet (76.7 meters)|
|Beam: 31.5 feet (9.6 meters)|
|Draft: 27.9 feet (8.5 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 2,880 tons Submerged: approx. 3,500 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 30 knots|
|Armament: six 533 mm torpedo tubes|
|Crew: 8 Officers, 85 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SKIPJACK. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS SKIPJACK:
|June 6, 1973||Mediterranean|
USS SKIPJACK hits an uncharted sea mount during "Dawn Patrol" exercises in the Med. SKIPJACK only suffers minor damage and proceeds on the surface to Souda Bay, Crete, for hull inspections.
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