SWORDFISH SSN 579
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
Keel Laid 25 January 1956 - Launched 27 August 1957
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- USS Swordfish SSN-579 Covers Page 1 (1956-1989)
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USS SWORDFISH earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (4 awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Battle "E" Ribbon (6 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 awards) and the Vietnam Service Medal during her Naval career.
NAMESAKE - A large fish with a long, swordlike beak and a high dorsal fin.
The ships sponsor was Mrs. Eugene C. Riders, widow of the late Commander Keats E. Montross, USN, CO of USS Swordfish SS-193 when she was lost to enemy action during WWII.
Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SWORDFISH - USS Swordfish SS-193 and USS Swordfish SSN-579.
One cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name SWORDFISH - USCGC Swordfish WPB-87358
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