About 637 Class Submarines
|This page is
full of little known facts about the Sturgeon Class submarines,
and the USS Queenfish in particular
The graphic below is of USS Queenfish a 637 or Sturgeon class submarine
USS Queenfish was commissioned Dec. 6, 1966 she was the first of the new
Sturgeon or 637 Class of fast attack submarines to go to sea.
They were the fastest (for their
size) and quietest submarines at the time.
In the 80's all of the earlier submarines in the class received a complete replacement of Sonar, Fire Control and Communications electronics, and a streamlining of the sail.
Specifications for 651 at deactivation
3,640 t., Submerged: 4,640 t.
|Submarine Hull Markings
When a submarine is commissioned It has the hull number painted on either side of the sail and the bow, The ship name is on either side of the stern. These look nice but are not practical. As soon as possible the bow and stern markings are painted out. If the sub is not going to be on operations for a while or for special occasions the hull numbers are painted on the sail. When on operations there are no hull markings. The old location on the sail were on the lower aft sides. The new location is the top center of each side.
The modern subs have magnetic hull numbers, that are removed after getting underway, and prior to submerging.
|To see other external changes
to the Queenfish and other 637 boats go to
651 call sign:
Exercise codename: Snowball Mike
|Specifications at commissioning|
SSN-651 Queenfish 1st Commissioned
SSN-660 Sand Lance
SSN-664 Sea Devil
SSN-666 Hawkbill (1)
SSN-673 Flying Fish
302' Vs 292'
SSN-680 William H. Bates
SSN-686 L. Mendel Rivers
SSN-687 Richard B. Russell
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