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USS Hammerhead (SSN 663)

- decommissioned -

USS HAMMERHEAD was the 15th STURGEON - class attack submarine and the second ship in the Navy named after the shark.

Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on April 5, 1995, the USS HAMMERHEAD subsequently entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Wash. Recycling of the submarine was finished on November 22, 1995.

General Characteristics:Awarded: May 28, 1964
Keel Laid: November 29, 1965
Launched: April 14, 1967
Commissioned: June 28, 1968
Decommissioned: April 5, 1995
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va.
Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 292 feet (89 meters)
Beam: 31.7 feet (9.65 meters)
Draft: 29.2 feet (8.9 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 4,250 tons
Submerged: approx. 4,700 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots
Submerged: approx. 30 knots
Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon, Tomahawk, and SUBROC missiles, ability to lay mines
Crew: 12 Officers, 95 Enlisted

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS HAMMERHEAD:

March 27, 1973east of the Virginia CapesUSS HAMMERHEAD, operating at about 300 feet, strikes a submerged object of unknown nature thought to be non-metallic, perhaps a whale. The impact was heavy enough to be heard and felt throughout the ship. There was no discernable damage.

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