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USS Ray SSN-653

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built by

Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Company
Newport News, Virginia
Keel Laid 04 Jan, 1965
Launched 22 Jun, 1966
Commissioned 12 Apr, 1967
Inactivated 24 July, 1992
Decommissioned 13 May, 1993
Refueled twice

Note: Most of this information on this page came directly from Don Shelton's well known USS Ray page.  This page is provided as an addition source for graphics (to ease some of the burden on Don's site.)  Go to Don Shelton's site for the complete story.

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Commanding Officers:

CDR Al Kelln Apr 67 - Feb 69
CDR Jonathan S. Hurt Feb 69 - Jan 73 "Duo Stonus Max"
CDR KA Strahm Jan 73 - Jan 77
CDR EJ Galbraith Jan 77 - Nov 79 "Buzz"
CDR CL Moore III Nov 79 - Apr 83 "Charlie Tuna"
CDR SA Johnson Apr 83 - Aug 86 "Stevie Ray"
CDR PH Lawless Aug 86 - Aug 89
CDR JW Fisher Aug 89 - Nov 91
CDR WH Jordan Nov 91 - Decommissioning


Where she is now...

From Top: Richard B. Russell, Lapon, RAY (center, with gray de-humidifier box), Bluefish, Drum

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                        She was resting comfortably in Bremerton, WA but is gone forever.

Photo Gallery

Devil Ray: In 1988, QM2 Karl H. Betz painted the centerpiece from the 271 Ray's battleflag into the weapons shipping hatch of the 653 Ray.  "As far as I (Karl) know, it remained there until decommissioning.  I know it was still there in September of 1989 when I left.    Here is a copy of a Polaroid taken when the painting was completed."
(Photograph and narrative provided by the artist, QM2(SS) Karl H. Betz)

The following set of photographs was submitted by SK2(SS) Randy Stringer
It includes an Emergency Blow Test, party, Change of Command and more.

Tim Murphy Photos 

John "Cobber" O'Connor photos  

Dale Comstock photos

Buzz Galbraith photos 

Tim Patterson photos


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