(SSN-652: dp. 3,800 (surf.), 4,640 (subm.); l. 292-2-; b. 3--; dr. 28-8-; cpl. 107; s. 20 + k.; a. 4 21- tt., SUBROC, cl. Sturgeon)
A fish which inflates its body with air.
The second Puffer was laid down 8 February 1965 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, Miss.; launched 30 March 1968; sponsored by Mrs. John B. Colwell; and commissioned 9 August 1969, Lt. Comdr. John M. Will, Jr., in command.
This undersea warrior, one of the most modern and advanced submarines, will be a worthy successor to the famed Puffer that fought so valiantly in World War II.