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USS Finback (SSN-670)
USS Finback (SSN-670) off Norfolk, Virginia, probably during sea trials in 1969-1970.
Name: USS Finback (SSN-670)
Namesake: The finback, a whale
Ordered: 9 March 1965
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia
Laid down: 26 June 1967
Launched: 7 December 1968
Sponsored by: Mrs. Charles F. Bird
Commissioned: 4 February 1970
Decommissioned: 28 March 1997
Struck: 28 March 1997
Motto: All Good Men
Honors and
Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for U.S. Atlantic Fleet 1986
Fate: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program completed 30 October 1997
General characteristics
Class and type: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
Displacement: 4,001 long tons (4,065 t) light
4,292 long tons (4,361 t) full
291 long tons (296 t) dead
Length: 292 ft (89 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Installed power: 15,000 shaft horsepower (11.2 megawatts)
Propulsion: One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced
25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) submerged
Test depth: 1,300 feet (396 meters)
Complement: 109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men)
Armament: 4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Finback (SSN-670), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the finback, the common whale of the Atlantic coast of the United States.


Construction and commissioning

The contract to build Finback was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on 9 March 1965 and her keel was laid down there on 26 June 1967. She was launched on 7 December 1968, sponsored by Mrs. Charles F. Bird, and commissioned on 4 February 1970 with Commander Robert C. Austin in command.

Service history

Finback at Port Canaveral, Florida, on 13 February 1994.

In 1986, Finback won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the United States Atlantic Fleet.

Decommissioning and disposal

Finback was decommissioned on 28 March 1997 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, was completed on 30 October 1997.




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