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NH 97223-KN Wreck of USS Scorpion (SSN-589)

Photo #: NH 97223-KN Wreck of USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
Title: Wreck of USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
Description: Wreck of USS Scorpion (SSN-589) Atlantic Ocean (August 1986)....Depth 10,000 feet, 400 miles southwest of the Azores; A view of the detached sail of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589) laying on the ocean floor. The starboard fairwater plane is visible protruding from the sail. Masts are visible extending from the top of the sail (located at the lower portion of the photograph). A large segment of the after section of the sail, including the deck access hatch, is missing. Various articles from the operations compartment are scattered in this vicinity. Quoted from the caption released with this photo in 1995. The view was taken by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. See Photo # NH 70304 for a view of the sail's port side taken before Scorpion's loss. Photo #s USN 1136656 and NH 97219 are views of the wreck's sail taken in October 1968. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Catalog #: NH 97223-KN
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