USS Sea Devil (SSN-664)
USS Sea Devil (SSN-664), a Sturgeon-class
Sturgeon class submarine
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attack submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy
United States Navy
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to be named for the sea devil (Manta birostria), also known as the manta ray
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or devil ray, the largest of all living rays
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, noted for power and endurance.
Construction and commissioning
The contract to build Sea Devil was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
Northrop Grumman Newport News
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in Newport News
Newport News, Virginia
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. on 28 May 1964, and her keel
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was laid down there on 12 April 1966. She was launched
Ship naming and launching
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on 5 October 1967, sponsored by Mrs. Ignatius J. Galantin, the wife of Admiral
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Ignatius J. "Pete" Galantin
Ignatius J. Galantin
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(1910–2004), and commissioned
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on 30 January 1969 with Commander
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Richard A. Currier in command.
Service historySea Devil was assigned to Submarine Division 62 at Norfolk
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, Virginia. She operated out of Norfolk into at least 1977.
Decommissioning and disposalSea Devil was decommissioned
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on 16 October 1991 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register
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the same day. Her scrapping via the Nuclear-Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
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, Washington, began on 1 March 1998 and was completed on 7 September 1999.