USS Gurnard II

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Gurnard II SS(N)-662

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(SS(N)-662: dp. 3,800 (surf.) 4,600 (subm.); 1. 292'3";
b. 31'8"; cpl. 107; a. 421" tt.; cl. Sturgeon)

The second Gurnard (SS(N) 662), a Sturgeon-Class nuclear submarine, was laid down 22 December 1964 by the San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, Vallejo. Calif.; launched 20 May 1967; sponsored by Mrs. George P. Miller, and completed in the fall of 1968. Once commissioned, she will become a key element in the underwater deterrent force of the Navy and will contribute vitally to the continuing task of "keeping the peace" over the vast reaches of global waters. Designed to attack and destroy all types of enemy ships, her ability to operator long periods at great depths and at high submerged speed will make her a potent and effective challenge to enemy submarines. Operating under nuclear power, she will be able to conduct long-range reconnaissance patrols and surveillance missions without risking detection by surface ships. Moreover, she will be able to carry out extensive ASW operations, either alone or with other fleet submarines or with destroyer-type surface ships.