Good afternoon Mr. Pelletier,                                                                                                                                                                  January 24, 2012

I wanted to let you know about an event taking place in Norfolk, 24 May 2012.

The local USSVI SubVets and WWII SubVets hold a memorial here in Norfolk on Memorial Day every year and one of the events that was
added to the ceremony a number of years ago is the induction of a post-WWII submarine into the 'Hall of Fame."  Previous boats include

USS BATFISH (SSN 681) was selected based on its 1978 mission which was declassified for the submarine centennial.
The mission, Operation Evening Star, involved tracking a Soviet ballistic missile submarine, undetected, for 55 days.

We'd like to get the word out to any BATFISH crew who might be interested in attending the ceremony at the Submarine Learning Facility on
Norfolk Naval Station, 24 May and would appreciate it if you could post something on your Web site.

If you do plan on attending, please let me know and I'll ensure you have access to the base for the ceremony.

Best regards,

John Donaldson
NETWARCOM Public Affairs Officer
Desk (757) 417-6706 (DSN 537)
Fax  (757) 492-8702


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


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

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 I 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

The USS Batfish SSN 681
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Alfred Leo Pelletier
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Pipefitter Foreman-Supervisor
54618 / Dept 243
General Dynamics Electric Boat Division
Helped build the SSN 681 BATFISH
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BATFISH Nuclear Submarine to be
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Batfish SSN 681 that change the
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To End the Cold War

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Read the story of the US Submarine
Batfish SSN 681 that change the
course of history
To End the Cold War

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