A Tale of Two Submarines
If you have read Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October, the USS Pogy (SSN-647) may sound familiar. The USS Pogy was a Sturgeon-class submarine. The Sturgeon class was a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines that the United States Navy had in service from the 1960s until 2004. The Pogy was contracted to build in March 1963. Over seven years later that the Pogy was finally commissioned in May 1971. It was one of the longest construction times for an American submarine. In August 1996, the Pogy deployed in support of SCICEX-96 experiments. Transitioning to the Bering Strait in October 1996, the Pogy collected thousands of water samples from over a hundred locations under the polar ice cap in the Arctic Ocean. The USS Pogy was decommissioned in June 1999. The USS Pogy was the second submarine with the same name. The first Pogy was a Gato-class submarine named for the pogy, or menhaden, also known as the most important fish of the sea. During World War II, the USS Pogy (SS-266) sank 16 ships. She is also famous for the logo created by crew member Hollis Larsen, but later improved upon by Walt Disney himself.
This week, we salute, Vic Webb, who served six years in the U.S. Navy. Of those six years, four and a half years were served on the USS Pogy (SSN-647). He was a submariner Yeoman. Vic lives and works in Colstrip, Montana. He has lived in Rosebud county for four years. He has three daughters and one grandson, all living out of state. Vic is also a valued member of the Rosebud County Search and Rescue.
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