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Sail of USS Tautog (SSN-639)

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Date Added: Jan 21, 2010
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USS Tautog (SSN-639), a Sturgeon-class attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the tautog, a small, edible, sport fish, also called blackfish or oysterfish, found on the Atlantic coast of the United States. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi on 30 November 1961 and her keel was laid down on 27 January 1964. She was launched on 15 April 1967 sponsored by Pauline Lafon Gore, wife of Senator Albert Gore, Sr., and commissioned on 17 August 1968, with Commander Buele G. Balderston in command.


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