Displacement: 3070 tons (surfaced), 3500 tons (submerged)
Length: 251.8 feet
Beam: 31.8 feet
Speed: 15k (surface), 29k (submerged)
Test Depth: 700 feet
Armament: 6 - 21" torpedo tubes (forward)
Complement: 9 Officers, 76 enlisted men
SNOOK's motto "Festina Lente" is Latin for "Make haste slowly"
"Hurry up and wait!"
LAUNCHED...............................................31 October 1960
COMMISSIONED......................................24 October 1961
SPONSOR....................Mrs. George L. WALLING
SNOOK is honored to have Mrs. George L. WALLING
as her sponsor. Mrs. WALLING is the mother of
CDR John F. WALLING, USN, who was the last
Commanding Officer of USS SNOOK (SS-279)
and lost in action with his ship in April 1945.
The Ingalls Shipbuilding
From January through April
1969, following the
leave and upkeep period, SNOOK took part in various HUKASWEX exercises
and preparation for overseas deployment. In May 1969 SNOOK once again
for an extended deployment in the Western Pacific.
SNOOK's fifth Western Pacific deployment lasted seven months and seven days; the longest deployment yet for SNOOK. Ports of call were Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Subic Bay, Philippines; Buckner Bay, Okinawa; Yokosuka, Japan; and Hong Kong, British Crown Colony.
On August 5, 1969 at the completion of the first of three extended operations of the deployment, Commander W.T. HUSSEY relieved Commander A.K. LOPOSER as Commanding Officer of the SNOOK, at Subic Bay, Philippines. Commander HUSSEY's parents Vice Admiral George F. HUSSEY, Jr., USN (Ret) and Mrs. HUSSEY were present at the ceremonies.
SNOOK returned to San Diego on 22 December, 1969 and relaxed into holiday routine which gave the crew a well earned rest. Late in January, SNOOK returned to sea participating in exercise UPTIDE with other units of the First Fleet.
In June 1970, SNOOK went to Mare Island Naval Shipyard for an interim Dry Docking. After leaving Mare Island in September 1970, SNOOK returned to San Diego to participate in ASW exercises and various training operations in preparation for deployment early in 1971.
On 4 January, 1971 SNOOK departed San Diego for the sixth Western Pacific deployment for this well traveled nuclear submarine. SNOOK left port at 1000 headed for Pearl Harbor and a one week period of upkeep, final system checkout, and briefings by Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Staff. During the six month deployment the ship spent 137 days at sea, nearly 70% of the total time away from San Diego, and steamed approximately 38,500 miles, 38,000 miles submerged.
The ship visited the ports of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Buckner Bay, Okinawa; Yokosuka, Japan; Hong Kong; Pusan, Korea; Guam, M.I.; and Subic Bay, Philippines. The longest in port period was spent in Yokosuka, Japan making preparations for an extended two month operation. While deployed in the Western Pacific the SNOOK operated with various ships of the SEVENTH Fleet and the Japanese Self Defense Force.
The SNOOK returned to San Diego on 12 July, 1971 and remained in port for the next two months for leave and upkeep. During the month of August, the ship made preparations to participate in two major fleet exercises ROPEVAL 3-71 and UPTIDE 3A scheduled for September and early October.
On 8 September, 1971 the SNOOK left San Diego for a ten day Fleet training exercise involving many Naval vessels of the U.S. FIRST Fleet. Returning late on the 17th of September, the SNOOK remained in port for twelve days, installing special electronic equipment for the second ten day exercise.
Early on the eighth of October, SNOOK returned to San Diego and spent the last two months of the year conducting local weekly operations off San Diego. from January to early May 1972, SNOOK conducted local operations and a seven week Restricted Availability alongside the USS DIXON (AS 37). This is the first time such an effort was attempted by a tender on a nuclear submarine.
On 11 May, 1972, about 2300, SNOOK was ordered to deploy within 48 hours to the Western Pacific for an extended deployment. With a great effort by all hands, SNOOK was readied and set sail at 1200, 13 May, 1972, just 37 hours after notification.
SNOOK remained away from San Diego until 27 July, 1972. During deployment SNOOK visited Subic Bay, Philippines; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Kaohsiung, Republic of China. SNOOK was only the third nuclear submarine to visit Kaohsiung. SNOOK participated in operations in support of U.S. Forces in Vietnam as part of her assigned tasks.
SNOOK spent two weeks at home with families and friends then departed for a nine week Restricted Availability and Dry Docking at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
On 10 October, 1972, while in the shipyard, Commander W.T. HUSSEY was relieved by Commander J.D. COSSEY as Commanding Officer, USS SNOOK. After leaving Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Snook conducted sound trials in Washington (Puget Sound) in preparation for a West Pac. It was during these sound trials that Snook had a "close encounter" with the bottom of Dabob Bay.
SNOOK got underway on 10 January, 1973 for her eighth deployment with the SEVENTH Fleet. During this deployment, SNOOK visited Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Guam in the Marianas. She returned to San Diego on 16 June and began a four week, post deployment leave and upkeep period, followed by another four weeks engaged in sonar evaluation tests. On 26 November 1973, following her participation in COMUTEX 12-73, SNOOK entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard to begin a refueling overhaul.
During the 1976 West Pac, Snook visited Hawaii, Guam, Yokosuka, Pusan Korea, PI, Hong Kong, PI, Perth-Freemantle Australia, before returning to San Diego. During the 1976 West Pac in May, Commander J.D. Cossey was relieved by Commander Robert C. Smith as Commanding Officer, USS SNOOK.
During the 1978 West Pac, Snook visited Hawaii, Chin Hai Korea, PI, and Guam. Snook returned to Mare Island Naval Shipyard on September 30, 1978 before transfer to the Atlantic on June 30, 1980.
USS SNOOK was decommissioned 8 October 1986, struck from the Navy List 14 November and was scheduled for disposal through the SRP at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
Newspaper article from Vallejo Times-Herald dated 28 March, 1974
SNOOK Gets New Assignment
The first submarine assigned by the Navy to work solely with a hunter-killer (HUK) group of surface ships and aircraft has been the Ingalls-built nuclear-powered sub SNOOK SS(N)592.
SNOOK sailed secretly from her home port of San Diego recently for her hunter-killer, anti-submarine warfare mission and her movement was kept secret until she reached Pearl Harbor.
In revealing the SNOOK's new assignment, Captain David H. McClintok, Commodore of Submarine Flotilla I, pointed out its significance.
For the first time a HUK group has the best anti-submarine platform right on the spot, a fast moving, deep-diving atomic submarine that can carry its sonar into the deep and move into attack with its homing torpedoes if necessary.
For the duration of of her seven month deployment with the Seventh Fleet, SNOOK becomes part of Carrier Division 17, HUK group commanded by RADM T.A. Christopher. His flagship and counterpiece around which the group is formed is the anti-submarine aircraft carrier HORNET (CVS-12).
SNOOK is commanded by CDR Howard Bucknell, who was given command of the sub upon her commissioning here last October.
Reprinted from Periscope December 4, 1964
SNOOK Gets New Command Head
Commander James D. Watkins took command of the nuclear-powered submarine USS SNOOK (SSN592), Nov. 14, during military ceremonies aboard the ship at the Ballast Point submarine pier.
CDR Watkins coming from the Office of the Manager, Naval Reactors, Washington, D.C., relieved CDR William Yates, who has been ordered to duty as Commanding Officer of the Blue Crew of the USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620).
The new commanding officer is a graduate of the University of California, Berkley, with a master of science degree in mechanical engineering and is also a graduate of the Class of 1949, U.S. Naval Academy.
One of the highlights of CDR Watkins' naval career is Korean Conflict service in the western Pacific aboard the SubFlot ONE submarine USS VOLADOR (SS490).
Reprinted from Norwich Bulletin May 31, 1966
Jap Leftists Protest U.S. N-Sub Call
YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) - This U.S. Naval base city resounded Monday with yells of "Yankee go home", "America get out of Yokosuka" and "Go home, Snook!"
Japanese leftists - numbering about 12,000 in all - staged three demonstrations during the day after the U.S. nuclear submarine Snook slid in quietly to give her crew three days of rest and recreation.
Sponsors of the demonstrations promised even bigger ones Tuesday and Wednesday.
Most of the demonstrators were brought in from outside this 315,000 population city by the Socialist and Communist parties. Most local citizens appeared to either approve the port call or were indifferent to it.
About 10,000 yelling unionists carrying red flags and "Go home, Snook" placards shook their fists and shouted, "America get out of Yokosuka!" As they marched past the main gate of the U.S. base, barricaded by police buses and a human wall of Japanese riot police wearing steel helmets with plastic visors and night sticks hanging from their belts.
About 150 radical Zengakuren students staged a sitdown on the street facing the main gate but were surrounded by policemen and bodily removed after the main column of demonstrators had passed.
About 200 students had caught police unprepared early in the morning and managed to break past half a dozen U.S. Marine guards at the main gate for a few minutes until they were pushed out by Japanese police who had been standing further back inside the gate.
Reprinted from San Diego paper August 14, 1976
U.S. N-sub gets jump on protest
Perth, Australia (AP) - The Snook, the first American nuclear powered submarine to enter an Australian port, slipped into it's berth an hour early today, avoiding maritime union demonstrators who had come to protest the ships arrival.
Demonstrators waited at Gage Road, four miles from the docking facility on Garden Island and at the gates of the causeway connecting the island to the Australia mainland five miles away. But the ship was in berth before they appeared.
The demonstrators were members of the Australian maritime unions. They claim that nuclear powered ships cause contamination of the sea and air. Their protest apparently was not against the United States or its Navy, but against the use of nuclear power to propel seagoing vessels.
The demonstrators said they had planted monitoring devices near the submarine's berth to detect any contamination.
The Snook is the fourth nuclear powered U.S. ship and the first nuclear powered U.S. submarine to come to Australia. Previously, two nuclear guided missile carriers and a nuclear aircraft carrier had visited Australia.
The Snook was commissioned October 24, 1961, and is one of the Skipjack class of attack submarines, the fastest in service. It was built at an approximate cost of $40 million.
Reprint source unknown February 5, 1977
Submarine Snook is damaged in at-sea collision
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The nuclear submarine Snook was involved in a collision Friday with a sonar device being towed by the frigate Bagley, but a Navy spokeman said the mishap resulted in no nuclear contamination.
The collision took place 250 miles southwest of San Diego, the Navy said, and resulted in damage to the Snook's periscope and superstructure.
The Snook was ordered to return to base at San Diego, the Navy said. None of the 100 crew members aboard was believed injured.
Meanwhile, divers from the Bagley were inspecting her hull for any possible damage. She carries a crew of 250.
Navy said the Bagley's
tow, described only
as a sonar device, was lost at sea.
Reprinted from Grapevine September 29, 1978
Arrival of submarine Snook boosts Shipyard's workload
Giving a boost to the waterfront workload, the nuclear-powered attack submarine SNOOK (SSN 592) has arrived for regular overhaul and battery renewal. She has become a familiar ship at Mare Island since her commissioning 17 years ago at Pascagoula, Miss.
Earlier this year SNOOK completed her tenth deployment to the Western Pacific and has steamed one-half million miles. More than 400,000 miles have been logged while submerged.
During the course of these deployments, the 592 was the first nuclear submarine to visit Korea and Western Australia, the second to visit Japan and the third to visit Kaohsiung, Republic of China.
The first SNOOK(SS 279) won seventy battle stars in eight war patrols between April 1943 and February 1945. She was lost in action April 1945.
The present SNOOK is commanded by CDR Robert C. Smith.
He entered nuclear power training immediately after receiving his commission through Annapolis in 1961 and has had continuous submarine service since.
He spent more than three years aboard the NAUTILUS (SSN 571) and has had four deterrent patrols as Navigation Officer (Gold Crew) for the DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN 626).
During his assignment prior to joining SNOOK, Commander Smith was Executive Officer (Gold) of WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624) during two patrols and a Poseidon conversion.
The commander has been awarded two Navy Commendation Medals, two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Navy Expeditionary Medal.
Reprint source unknown July, 1980
The USS SNOOK, commanded by Commander James R. Lynch, arrived last Friday afternoon at the New london Submarine Base to become the newest member of Submarine Squadron Two.
The Snook spent her first 19 years in the Pacific Fleet where she participated in ten Western Pacific deployments, fleet exercises and important individual operations. Her previous homeport was San Diego.
This 251 foot, 3500 ton ship has a crew of 11 officers and 102 enlisted men, who operate the ship's nuclear reactor, her six torpedo tubes and the vast array of equipment and machinery that make Snook a truly capable fighting ship and a valuable addition to Submarine Squadron Two.
Reprinted from Dolphin December 4, 1981
USS Snook holds retirement ceremony for RMCS Hathaway
Cmdr. J.R. Lynch, commanding officer USS Snook (SSN 592), presided over the retirement ceremony for Senior Chief Radioman Daryl L. Hathaway aboard USS Snook on November 13, 1981.
The retirement ceremony was conducted in the ship's wardroom. Present were Senior Chief Hathaway's wife Carol and his two children, Butch and Tim. Also in attendance were close friends Master Chief and Mrs. Blankenship, Senior Chief and Mrs. Terry, and Master Chief John Ewert.
Following the wardroom presentation, Senior Chief Hathaway was piped over the side, receiving full miltary honors from the chief petty officers of USS Snook.
Senior Chief Hathaway has served in submarines since September 1963. His sea duty assignments included tours aboard USS Sculpin (SSN 590), USS John Marshall (SSBN 611), USS Hawkbill (SSN 666), and USS Snook (SSN 592). Senior Chief Hathaway's shore assignments have included Service School Command, San Diego and Naval Schools Command, Norfolk, VA.
Senior Chief Hathaway and family are planning to live in Blaine, Minn.
Reprinted from Dolphin July 23, 1982
Capt. Lynch relieved aboard USS Snook
Captain James R. Lynch was relieved as Commanding Officer of the USS Snook (SSN 592) by Commander Curtis W. Olsen in the Change of Command ceremony last Wednesday.
Captain Lynch, a graduate of Purdue University, has served aboard the USS Shark (SSN 591), USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN 633), USS William H. Bates (SSN 680), and the USS Gurnard (SSN 662). His other tours include the Staff of the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Idaho Falls, Staff of COMSUBRON TWO, Force Radiological Controls Officer for COMSUBLANT, and commanding officer of the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor, Conn.
Cmdr. Olsen has served aboard the USS Pargo (SSN 650), USS Flying Fish (SSN 673), USS Trepang (SSN 674), USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN 617) (Blue). His other duties have been U.S. Naval Academy as an instructor, Staff of Commander Submarine Squadron One.
Reprint source unknown October 1986
Attack Submarine Snook decommissioned in Shipyard ceremony
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Snook was decommissioned after 25 years of service on Wednesday [October 8, 1986] at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.
Snook was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation and commissioned in October 1961. Under the command of Cmdr. Howard Bucknell III, Snook arrived in San Diego in March 1962. In June 1962, it deployed as a unit of the Seventh Fleet, conducting the first extended deployment - six months - by a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine. Snook conducted a total of ten extended deployments to the Western Pacific between 1961 and 1978.
Snook's record of accomplishments as a member of the U.S. Pacific Fleet included numerous allied ports to nuclear-powered warship visits. Snook was the first nuclear-powered ship to visit Japan and the Republic of China.
It was awarded a Navy Unit commendation for operations conducted during its third extended deployment in 1965 with Cmdr. James D. Watkins commanding. After leaving Snook, Watkins went on to eventual service as the Navy's 22nd Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
In July 1980, Snook passed through the Panama Canal and became a member of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. From 1980 to 1986, the ship conducted a total of six extended deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, South America and North Atlantic. The ship was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted in 1984 with Cmdr. C.W. Olsen commanding. In May, 1986, Snook returned to the Pacific Fleet for deactivation at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
During its 25-year lifetime, Snook has steamed approximately 675,000 miles, the equivalent of 27 times around the world. Having been awarded unit commendations as a member of both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets when it was four and 24 years old, USS Snook leaves behind a 25 year legacy of Peace Through Excellence.
Snook's 10th and last commanding officer was Cmdr. Eric L. Oser. The ship was named for the submarine lost with all hands during World War II in April 1945 while on its ninth war patrol.