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USS Silversides (SSN-679)

USS Silversides (SSN-679), possibly during her sea trials off New England in 1972.
Name: USS Silversides
Namesake: The silverside
Ordered: 25 June 1968
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 13 October 1969
Launched: 4 June 1971
Sponsored by: Mrs. John H. Chafee
Commissioned: 5 May 1972
Decommissioned: 21 July 1994
Struck: 21 July 1994
Motto: Veni Vidi Vici ("I Came, I Saw, I Conquered")
Fate: Scrapping via Ship and Submarine Recycling Program begun 1 October 2000, completed 1 October 2001
General characteristics
Class & type: Sturgeon-class attack submarine
  • 3,978 long tons (4,042 t) light
  • 4,270 long tons (4,339 t) full
  • 292 long tons (297 t) dead
Length: 302 ft 3 in (92.13 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 28 ft 8 in (8.74 m)
Installed power: 15,000 shaft horsepower (11.2 megawatts)
Propulsion: One S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one screw
  • 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced
  • 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) submerged
Test depth: 1,300 feet (396 meters)
Complement: 109 (14 officers, 95 enlisted men)
Armament: 4 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Silversides (SSN-679), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the silverside, a small fish marked with a silvery stripe along each side of its body.


  • Construction and commissioning 1
  • Service history 2
  • Decommissioning and disposal 3
  • References 4

Construction and commissioning

Silversides being launched at Groton, Connecticut, on 4 June 1971.

The contract to build Silversides was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 25 June 1968 and her keel was laid down on 13 October 1969. She was launched on 4 June 1971, sponsored by Mrs. John H. Chafee, wife of then-Secretary of the Navy John H. Chafee (1922–1999), and commissioned on 5 May 1972 with Commander John E. Allen in command.

Service history

Following shakedown in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, Silversides began operations in the Atlantic with her home port at Naval Station Charleston at Charleston, South Carolina.

Silversides went into drydock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, in January 1977, at which time her home port was changed from Charleston to Naval Station Norfolk at Norfolk, Virginia.

On 11 October 1981, "Silversides" surfaced at the North Pole for the first time.

In the autumn of 1984, Silversides left Norfolk for a scheduled refueling overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, entering drydock there in late November 1984. The refueling overhaul was completed in August 1986, and later in 1986 she returned to Norfolk.

In the autumn of 1989, Silversides departed Norfolk and voyaged north into the Arctic, surfaced at the North Pole for the second time, proceeded out of the Arctic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean, participated in United States Pacific Fleet exercises, made port calls in Hawaii and California, and returned to Norfolk via the Panama Canal, becoming only the second submarine to circumnavigate North America.

In Jan 1994, Silversides‍ '​ home port was changed from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in anticipation of her decommissioning there.

Decommissioning and disposal

Silversides was decommissioned at Pearl Harbor on 21 July 1994 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard began on 1 October 2000 and was completed on 1 October 2001.


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