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Old Thu 06/02/2016, 05:55 PM #1
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Mom gave me a poster size picture of the submarine my grandfather was on. It had the class/# on it so I was able to narrow down my information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Seawolf_(SSN-575)

This would be when my grandfather was on it and the stories he always told me.

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In 1974, Seawolf completed post-conversion testing and evaluation period and conducted her first Pacific Fleet deployment, operating independently for a period of three months. For her performance of duty, she was awarded a second Navy Unit Commendation. In 1975, Seawolf came under the exclusive direction of Submarine Development Group One, and for outstanding performance in 1974–1975, was awarded a Battle Efficiency "E."

In 1976, Seawolf received her second consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" and the Engineering "E" for Excellence. During her second Pacific Fleet deployment, she conducted independent submerged operations for three months and demonstrated superior endurance by remaining submerged for 89 consecutive days, a U.S. Navy record. She received her third Navy Unit Commendation.

In 1977, Seawolf received her third Battle Efficiency "E" and her second Engineering "E" for Excellence. During her third Pacific Fleet deployment, she conducted 79 consecutive days of independent submerged operations and received her fourth Navy Unit Commendation and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. In 1978, Seawolf conducted her fourth Pacific Fleet deployment.

Some of the above deployments are chronicled in the book Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew & Annette Lawrence Drew. Published in 1998, the book details previously classified stories of espionage and Cold War activities of American submarines, and specifically details one of Seawolf's missions in Russian waters.
Best part, THERE'S A BOOK. As he told it, that 89 days under was when they were spying on the Russian's Tango sub. It basically took 89 days to finally see it come out of the port and go on it's first run. Grandfather was in charge of translating the incoming transmissions. He talked about having to literally wire tap their phone lines because they could get to them in the water without being detected.

Now I'm curious about the book.
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Very cool. Much respect for submariners. Those guys are a special kind of insane.
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Did you order the book yet?
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Blind Man's Bluff is an excellent book, whose authors took a lot of hell for writing.

Once you read that one, read Craven's The Silent War to round out the whys and hows of what those spec ops boats were doing. Amazon.com The Silent War The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea eBook John Pina Craven Kindle Store
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And a shameless plug for the book about my last boat - Amazon.com Americas Undercover Nuclear Sub eBook Manager Lee Vyborny, Don Davis Kindle Store

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Look through the boat's reunion site and see if your grandpa is in any of the pictures or is mentioned in the scrapbook

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Holy shit you're grandparents are young. In 1974 my grandpa was 66.
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Holy shit you're grandparents are young. In 1974 my grandpa was 66.
Maternal grandfather would have been 74 if still alive at that point. don't recall about my dad's parents, I think they were in their early 60's at that point.
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Did you order the book yet?
No, haven't called the Dr yet either.
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I looked, but didn't notice him in any of the pictures. Even the old ones of the crew in the ship doing things.
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