USS Narwhal III

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Narwhal III SS(N)-671

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(SS (N )-671: dp.3,800 (surf.),4,600 (subm.); 1.292'3" ; b.31'8" ; dr. 2D'; cpl. 107; a. 4 21" TT., SUBROC; cl. Sturgeon)

The third Narwhal was laid down 17 January 1966 by General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Conn., Iaunched 9 September 1967, sponsored by Mrs. Glynn R. Donaho, and commissioned 12 July 1969, with Comdr. W. A. Matson, in command.

The Narwhal is the largest "straight" nuclear-powered attack suhmarine vet built by the U.S. Navy. She has a new type of reactor that will enable her to steam longer, and further than any other submarine in existence. This new reactor considerably reduces the noise level of a submarine and makes the Narwhal, at the time of commissioning, the quietest submarine in the U.S. Naval service.