USS Guardfish (SSN-612)

Awarded: 9 June 1960
Laid down: 28 February 1961
Launched: 15 May 1965
Commissioned: 20 December 1966
Fate: submarine recycling
Stricken: 4 February 1992
General characteristics
Displacement: 3770 tons
Length: 279 feet
Beam: 32 feet
Draft: 29 feet
Speed: 16 knots
Complement: 99 officers and men
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Guardfish (SSN-612), a Thresher-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the guardfish, a voracious green and silvery fish with elongated pike-like body and long narrow jaws.

The contract to build her was awarded to New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey on 9 June 1960 and her keel was laid down on 28 February 1961. She was launched on 15 May 1965 sponsored by Mrs. Kenneth E. Belieu, wife of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and commissioned on 20 December 1966 with Commander Gulmer A. Hines, Jr. in command.

Guardfish was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 4 February 1992. Her hulk entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program and ceased to exist on 9 July 1992.


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