Welcome aboard the USS Billfish (SSN 676)  
"The Spirit of '76"

The USS Billfish is a nuclear powered 'Fast Attack' submarine. The responsibility of the Fast Attack boat, or 'hunter/killer' includes not only her traditional role as a seek and destroy weapon which can detect, track, and if necessary, destroy enemy submarines and shipping at great ranges, but she is also a highly stealthy intelligence gathering platform. The Billfish, along with her sister submarines serving in all parts of the world, provide our military with pieces of a sophisticated jigsaw puzzle which give us a vital edge over enemies of the United States.

Captain Okeson on the scope

Click for a Mark 48 ADCAP torpedo demonstration

(Commisioned by LT Steve Slavichak)
Click for more pictures of this neat model

The Billfish is a 637 or 'Sturgeon' class submarine, 37 of this class were built

The Original Billfish

The present Billfish is the second US Navy submarine to bear the name. The original USS Billfish (SS 286) was built by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Following her commissioning on 20 April 1943, she was assigned to the Pacific Fleet. She earned seven Battle Stars on the Asiatic Pacific Service Ribbon for war patrols conducted from 12 August 1943 to 15 August 1945, and is officially credited with sinking 22,450 tons of enemy shipping.  

USS Billfish SS 286



Insignia of the USS Billfish
Note: the insignia, which is identical to the ship's patch,
was designed by Gary Holt, a plankowner in the Sonar


Displacement -  4229 tons (surfaced), 4762 tons (submerged)
Length -  297 '
Beam -  31.8 '
Speed -  > 25 knots (submerged)
Depth - > 400 '
Torpedo Tubes qty - 4  Tube diameter -21" -  located amidships aft of bow
Crew complement 12 officers - 95 enlisted men
Class - "STURGEON"
Keel laid down by Electric Boat Div., General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT, 20 SEP 68;
Launched: 1 MAY 70; Sponsored by Mrs. Earle G. Wheeler;
Commissioned: 12 MAR 71 with CDR Richard M. Hughes in command;
Deactivated: 4 JAN 99.


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