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USS Halibut (SSN 587)

- formerly SSGN 587 -
- decommissioned -

USS HALIBUT was the first submarine in the world designed and built from the keel up to launch guided missiles. Designated SSGN 587 and intended to carry the Regulus I missile, she was equipped with a retractable ramp used to launch the missiles and with a special shelter capable of storing up to four Regulus I or two Regulus II missiles. After suspension of the Regulus program, the HALIBUT was reclassified as SSN in 1965. Additionally, HALIBUT's guided missile installions were removed and the submarine continued to serve as a test platform for the remaining 11 years of her career. Decommissioned on June 30, 1976, the submarine spent the following years berthed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. Stricken from the Navy list on April 30, 1986, the HALIBUT later entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program. Recycing was completed on September 9, 1994.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1956
Keel laid: April 11, 1957
Launched: January 9, 1959
Commissioned: January 4, 1960
Decommissioned: June 30, 1976
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.
Propulsion system: one S3W nuclear reactor
Propellers: two
Length: 349.7 feet (106.6 meters)
Beam: 29.2 feet (8.9 meters)
Draft: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,655 tons     Submerged: approx. 5,000 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots     Submerged: approx. 20 knots
Armament: six 533 mm torpedo tubes
Crew: 10 Officers, 88 Enlisted


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Crew List:

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


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