Salute to USS Ray (SSN-653)
Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine

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USS Ray (SSN-653)
USS Ray (SSN-653) Inactivation Ceremony 24 July 1992
Photo thanks to OD "Coyote" Carlson STCM(SS) USN (ret), Plank Owner USS Ray

US Nuclear Submarine SSN-653

U. S. S. Ray

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


CDR Al Kelln Apr 67 - Feb 69 Photo
CDR Jonathan S. Hurt Feb 69 - Jan 73 "Duo Stonus Max" Photo
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 - Decomm

Radio Call Letters


Call Sign = Lone Beaver

-Don't Forget to check the crew list-
click [HERE] to view the crew list...

Deck plan for 637 Class Nuclear Powered Fast Attack Submarines
(Taken from USS Ray  SSN-653 Welcome Aboard Booklet)

USS Ray   WebPage on Subnet. (being launched on 22 June 1966)

Without Comment........

More USS Ray Information available at this site....

star.gif (115 bytes) Present Status.
(Photographs of 653 boat awaiting SRP at PSNS)
star.gif (115 bytes) Photograph Album and Memorabilia     (over 200 photos!)
(Hats, Buckles, lighters, plaques, photos etc)
star.gif (115 bytes) Sea Stories, Fairy Tales,
'Remember When' and outright lies!
(Submitted by former crew members of  both boats)
star.gif (115 bytes) Awards Presented to USS Ray.
(includes official letter)
star.gif (115 bytes) Some Submarine and related Links
(Some pages by former Ray Crew Members)

When you are through here, be sure to visit    WWW.SUBMARINE SAILOR.COM
Former Ray crew member Don Gentry is compiling a list of crew members from EVERY submarine!

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Ver: 13 Mar 2009