Basically the second THRESHER - class nuclear-powered attack submarine, the PERMIT became the lead ship and namesake of her class after the loss of USS THRESHER (SSN 593) on April 10, 1963. Named after the fish, the USS PERMIT was the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on July 23, 1991, the PERMIT entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on September 30, 1991. Recycling was completed on May 20, 1993.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: January 27, 1958|
|Keel laid: May 1, 1959|
|Launched: July 1, 1961|
|Commissioned: May 29, 1962|
|Decommissioned: July 23, 1991|
|Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor|
|Length: 278.5 feet (84.9 meters)|
|Beam: 32.15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Draft: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,600 tons Submerged: approx. 4,300 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 20 knots Submerged: approx. 30 knots|
|Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for SUBROC, Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 91 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PERMIT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS PERMIT:
|May 10, 1962||near the Farallon Island, 30 miles off San Francisco, Calif.|
USS PERMIT is run over by the cargo ship HAWAIIAN CITIZEN while the submarine is on a submerged test. A Navy spokesman said the only damage to the PERMIT was a bending of the doors to the conning tower.
|1982||30 miles off San Francisco, Calif.|