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SSN 681 BATFISH Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine
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The USS Batfish, (SSN-681 submarine, nuclear-powered) was a member of the Sturgeon class of nuclear fast attack submarines. It was the second U.S. Navy vessel,
and second submarine, to be named after the fish. The first USS Batfish (SSN-310) served with distinction in World War II.
On June 25, 1968, the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp.’s Groton (Conn.) Shipyard received the contract to build the Batfish. Her keel was laid on
Feb. 9, 1970; she was launched 20 months later, on Oct. 9, 1971. She joined the ranks of the Atlantic Fleet with her commissioning on Sept. 1, 1972, with
Commander Richard E. Enkeboll in command of the Batfish’s original crew.
The Batfish made headlines for the wrong reasons early in her career. On Jan. 22, 1973, while leaving her homeport of Charleston, S.C., the Batfish ran aground and
suffered damage to its bottom. After being freed by tugs, the Batfish returned to port for extensive repairs.
For the better part of three decades, the Batfish tracked the activities of Soviet (and later Russian) submarines in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and the
Mediterranean Sea. Though most of her work was done without fanfare, one 1978 patrol known as “Operation Evening Star” has become legend in the submarine
community. On March 17, 1978, the Batfish was operating 200 miles above the Arctic Circle when it detected a Yankee I – class Soviet ballistic missile submarine
operating nearby. The Batfish began trailing the Soviet submarine, losing it for only twice for brief periods of time over the next 50 days. In the process, the Batfish
collected troves of information on Soviet submarine operating methods.
The Yankee never knew it had been detected; indeed, the Soviets had no idea the incident had occurred until the 1980s, when Navy Petty Officer John Walker sold
them information detailing it.
Based in Charleston for virtually her entire career, the Batfish was decommissioned on March 17, 1999 and was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same
day. The Batfish entered the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Bermerton, Wash., and on Nov. 22, 2002, was declared scrapped.
Characteristics of the USS Batfish:
Displacement: 4195 tons light, 4501 tons full, 306 tons dead
Length: 89 m (292 ft)
Beam: 9.7 m (32 ft)
Draft: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Propulsion: Westinghouse S5W reactor, S3G3 Modified Core
Complement: 14 officers, 98 men
Armament: four 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
Ordered: June 25, 1968
Laid down: Feb. 9, 1970
Launched: Oct. 9, 1971
Commissioned: Sept. 1, 1972
Decommissioned: March 17, 1999
Stricken: March, 17 1999
Fate: submarine recycling
June 1968: USS Batfish ordered
February 1970: Keel of USS Batfish laid
October 1971: USS Batfish launched
September 1972: USS Batfish commissioned
January 1973: USS Batfish runs aground off of Charleston, S.C.
March-May 1977: USS Batfish trails Soviet Yankee I-class submarine for 50 days without detection
March 1999: USS Batfish decommissioned
November 2002: USS Batfish scrapped
|SSN 681 BATFISH
End of the Cold War
|Alfred Leo Pelletier
Pipefitter Foreman-Supervisor / Instructor
Pipefitter 1st/class 54618 / Dept 243
General Dynamics Electric Boat Division