USS Gato (SSN-615)
was a Thresher/Permit-class
Thresher/Permit class submarine
The Thresher/Permit-class was a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the United States Navy from the 1960s until 1994. They replaced the class...
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known as the "Goal Keeper" or the "Black Cat." She was the second United States Navy
United States Navy
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ship named after the gato, a species of small catshark
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found in waters along the west coast of Mexico
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The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat
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Division of General Dynamics
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Corporation on 9 July 1960 and her keel was laid down on 15 December 1961 at Groton, Connecticut
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. She was launched 14 May 1964 sponsored by Mrs. Lawson P. Ramage
Lawson P. Ramage
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, and was commissioned 25 January 1968.
- History from 1968 to 1969 needed.
On 15 November 1969, Gato collided with the Soviet submarine K-19
Soviet submarine K-19
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in the Barents Sea
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at a depth of some 200 feet (61 m).
- History from 1969 to 1996 needed.
The USS Gato (SSN615) was the first Nuclear powered submarine to completely circumnavigate South America, and the first nuclear powered submarine to navigate the Strait of Magellan during it's 1976 Unitas run under the command of Captain Partlow. It was on this voyage that it became the first nuclear powered submarine to travel through the Panama Canal.
Gato was decommissioned and stricken on 25 April 1996 and disposed of by submarine recycling.