USS Growler (SSG-577)

USS Growler (SSG-577) USS Growler (SSG-577), an early cruise missile submarine of the Grayback class, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named after the growler, a large-mouth black bass.

Growler and Grayback were the only two submarines built in this class. What makes Growler and its sister ship unusual was its nuclear armament, deployed on a non-nuclear diesel-electric power train. Their mission was to provide nuclear deterrent capability off the Pacific Coast of the Soviet Union during peak years of the Cold War, from 1958 to 1964. They became obsolete with the deployment of nuclear-powered submarines equipped with nuclear missile launch capabilities.

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