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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

SUBMARINES

SAILFISH early warning submarine (1956)

Sailfish 1958

Sailfish 1963

Sailfish 1974

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
SSR572, 2/1961- SS572 Sailfish   Portsmouth N Yd, Kittery 8/12/1953 7/9/1955 14/4/1956 stricken 9/1978
SSR573, 3/1961- SS573, 6/1968- AGSS573, 6/1968- SS573 Salmon   Portsmouth N Yd, Kittery 10/3/1954 25/2/1956 25/8/1956 stricken 10/1977

 

Displacement standard, t

1990

Displacement normal, t

2625 / 3168

Length, m

106.9

Breadth, m

8.90

Draught, m

5.00

No of shafts

2

Machinery

4 Fairbank Morse diesel-generators, 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

6000 / 8200

Max speed, kts

19.5 / 10

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 16000(10) / 120(3)

Armament

6 - 533 Mk 49 TT (bow, 18)

Sensors

BPS-2, BPS-3 radars, BQS-2, BQR-2B sonars, BLR-1 ECM suite

Complement

95

Diving depth operational, m

 

   

Ship project history: These large diesel-electric submarines were built to supplement the fleet boat conversion of the 'Migraine' programme, they remained unsatisfactory in that their surface speed did not suffice to keep up with a carrier task force. Throughout the early 1950s the Bureau of Ships continued to work on more efficient powerplants for radar-picket submarines, pressure-fired steam plants showing particular promise.

Modernizations: 1961, both: - BPS-2, BPS-3 radars; + BQG-4 sonar; underwater speed become 14kts

1965, Salmon; 1966, Sailfish: + PUFFS passive sonar

Naval service: Salmon was temporarily used as test and evaluation submarine for the DSRV programme in June 1968 but reverted to attack submarine status when that programme was delayed.

Sailfish 1966

Ivan Gogin, 2015