USS Blueback (SS-581)
|Type||Barbel-class diesel-electric submarine|
|Launched||16 May 1959|
|Builder||Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula|
USS Blueback (SS-581) is a decommissioned Barbel-class submarine formerly in the United States Navy. She was the second Navy submarine to bear the name. Blueback was laid down by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi on 15 April 1957. She was launched on 16 May 1959 sponsored by Mrs. Kenmore McManes, wife of Rear Admiral McManes,[clarification needed] and commissioned on 15 October 1959, Lieutenant Commander Robert H. Gautier in command. She was the last non-nuclear submarine to join the United States Navy and was the final conventionally powered combat capable submarine to be decommissioned, leaving the United States Navy with a fully nuclear submarine fleet except for the research submarine USS Dolphin.
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USS Blueback (SS-581) was a Barbel-class submarine that served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1990. She was the last non-nuclear submarine to join the US fleet, and the last to be decommissioned before the nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class submarines. She participated in various missions during the Cold War, including surveillance, training, and testing of new technologies. She also appeared in several films and television shows, such as The Hunt for Red October and Hawaii Five-O. She is now a museum ship at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon.
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