USS Narwhal ( SSN-671) 

Source: US Navy


Special Cover Keel Laying Ceremony 17 January 1966

Sources: R. Saxe

Special Cover Launching Ceremony 09 September 1967

Sources: R. Saxe

Special Cover Commissioning Ceremony 04 February 1970 

Sources: R. Saxe

Special Cover 15th Anniversary 12 July 1984

Sources: R. Saxe

Two Special Covers Decomissioning Ceremony 

Sources: R. Saxe


The third NARWHAL was laid down 17 January 1966 by General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Conn.; launched 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 submarine yet 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. 

NARWHAL was deactivated, while still in commission, on 5 January 1999. She will be disposed of through the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington.

Source: A. Toppan


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