USS Pargo (SSN-650)

Ordered: 26 March 1963
Laid down: 3 June 1964
Launched: 17 September 1966
Commissioned: 5 January 1968
Decommissioned: 14 April 1995
Fate: submarine recycling
Stricken: 14 April 1995
General characteristics
Length: 113.3 m
Propulsion: S5W reactor
Speed: 20+ knots
Armament: 4 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes, SUBROC
USS Pargo (SSN-650), a Sturgeon-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the pargo, a fish of the genus Lutianus found in the West Indies. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 26 March 1963 and her keel was laid down on 3 June 1964. She was launched on 17 September 1966 sponsored by Mrs. James L. Holloway, Jr., and commissioned on 5 January 1968, with Commander Steven A. White in command.

Assigned to Submarine Development Group 2, with a homeport of New London, Connecticut, she conducted acoustic trials and a restricted availability at Groton, Connecticut, then participated in the search for Scorpion (SSN-589) from 27 May to 7 June 1968, and spent the rest of the year conducting various trials in the Caribbean Sea and off New London.

Pargo was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 14 April 1995. Ex-Pargo entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington, on 1 October 1994 and on 15 October 1996 ceased to exist.


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