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"Skate" Class

Commissioned: 4 units - 1957 - 1959
Displacement, tons: 2310 light, - 2360 full load.
Dimensions, meters: 81,5 x 7,6 x 6,7
Toerpedo tubes: 8 x 533mm, - 6 bow, 2 stern.
Propulsion: Nuclear, 6600 shp, 2 shafts.
Speed: 20+ surfaced, - 25+ dived.
 


USS "Skate" SSN 578
Photographed off Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, - Nov. 30. 1975
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 


USS "Skate" SSN 578
Photographed off Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, - Nov. 30. 1975
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)

This is a famous submarine.
USS "Skate" is the first of the first production model class nuclear submarines, - but smaller than the even more famous prototype, - the USS "Nautilus" with a displacement of 2980/3520 tons light/full load.
But "Skate" holds the record of being the first submarine to cross the Atlantic Ocean completely submerged with a sealed atmosphere.
Also she won fame in maritime history by passing under the ice of the North Pole and later she became the first submarine to  actually surface at the North Pole by crashing through the ice.




"Skipjack" Class
- unknown, - photographed off Florida 1982 -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 


"Sturgeon" Class
- unknown, - photographed off Florida in 1982 -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)
 
 


"Sturgeon" Class
- unknown, - photographed off Balboa, Panama, in 1982 -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen ©)


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Page initiated:  Oct.05.2008
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