USS Sunfish  SSN-649

The USS Sunfish (SSN 649) reunion site is dedicated to the men who sailed the ocean depths aboard this able boat. Her undaunted crews were ever committed to ensuring freedom of the seas by maintaining a battle-efficient vessel. We’re grateful for all that stood behind this submarine: from keel laying to decommissioning. The list includes shipyard and support personnel, and in particular the families that have suffered many sacrifices in the interest of the US Navy’s diverse missions.

There’ve been two US submarines named for the giant Ocean Sunfish, Mola Mola. The first USS Sunfish SS-281 was a Gato class diesel boat. She was built by the Mare Island shipyard in 1942 and sent to fight the Japanese navy in the Pacific theater of World War II. The second USS Sunfish SSN-649 was a Sturgeon class nuclear powered fast attack. This type of sub was designed to hold an underwater superiority over the former Soviet Union naval forces. “…Job well done!”

— Both boats are proud to have had a chance to serve this great nation —

USS Sunfish (SSN 649)
The keel for SSN 649 was laid down by General Dynamics in Quincy, MA on January 15, 1965. She was launched October 14, 1966 while sponsored by Mrs. Robert C. Byrd, wife of the West Virginia Senator. The USS Sunfish was commissioned March 15, 1969 with Cdr. Richard L. Thompson as her captain. The submarine was decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Navy List March 31, 1997; and disposed of through the Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on October 31, 1997.
The Free World is eternally indebted for your service!

USS Sunfish SSN-649 Reunion Information

reunion info.

Reunion Update.....

Time to make your plans to attend the next USS Sunfish SSN 649 Reunion June 22-26, 2016 in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ. Our reunion hotel is the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. Call to reserve your room and let them know you are part of the Sunfish Reunion Group to receive the reunion discount.
6850 E. Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 248-2000

More information on reunion activities will come. Please know many attendees come early and some stay longer. Make this a great vacation opportunity. See the Wild West!

Tentative Reunion Activities/Schedule.....

• Tuesday night - dinner together for the early arrivals
• Wednesday - activities of your choice with an afternoon "get-together" and dinner afterwards
• Thursday - free time to explore the area with an informal group dinner at the hotel
• Friday - a day for tours either to the Grand Canyon National Park or the Red Rocks of Sedona
• Saturday - includes a Memorial Service, a Business Meeting, and the Banquet
• Sunday - time for "farewells"

We are trying to allow time for you to explore local sites, tour, and "hang out" with your shipmates and families. The reunion hotel is within walking distance of Old Town Scottsdale. There are many fun restauraunts, shops and sites near our hotel, so a vehicle is not necessary unless you choose to have one.

Hopeully, you will be joining us for the reunion. Here are some things you should know:

• We are wife/companion and family friendly.
• Meals and activities are by choice.
• There will be a few Sunfish T-shirts, challenge coins, and other memorabilia items for sale during the reunion.
• Detailed reunion registration information will be posted and emailed around the end of January 2016.

If you would really like to reconnect with particular crew members from your time on the Sunfish, please make contact and encourage them to meet you at the reunion. Personal connections work! If you need contact information for someone, please let us know. We may be able to help.

Make sure that we have your correct email address and keep checking back here for updates. Join the Sunfish groups on Facebook for another place to stay posted. For additional information or questions, write to Joe Martin ( or call 828-284-0057. Each of the previous gatherings has been a memorable experience. Not only is it exciting when you run into shipmates from your time on the boat, but also great to meet Sunfish sailors from different eras and hear their ‘stories’. Please pass the word to former crew with whom you have contact and encourage them to attend.

Hope to see you in June in Arizona. Yes, it can get hot there, "but Gonsowski says it's a dry heat" 😉

It’s time to let your shipmates know what’s been happening in your life! We’re working on the next issue of the Sunfish Newsletter and need input. Have you all had any marriages? Any births? Big trips? Causes and/or charities you’re involved with? Interesting Sally stories? Picture, pictures, and some more pictures. Rod Stewart said every picture tells a story... Share your favorites with your shipmates. Send your pictures, stories, and stuff to Jeff Cox ( to be included in the newsletter.

We’re continually hearing from additional Sunfish sailors so try to get in touch with those you knew and encourage the men to sign up. More than anything else, direct contact with your shipmates will get ‘em fired up about coming to the reunions. We try to keep a current sailing and e-mail list so please write to the address at the bottom of the page with your updates, and give any general comments you might have. If you don’t know the information needed to find someone you served with, drop us a line because we may be able to help get you connected. Don’t forget to visit the log book by clicking on the button above and also read 'Last Voyage of the USS Sunfish: The Closing of a Circle' before you leave.

Disclaimer: this web site has no official affiliation with the US Navy