Allied Warships

USS Sunbird (ASR 15)

Submarine rescue vessel of the Chanticleer class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine rescue vessel
PennantASR 15 
Built bySavannah Machinery and Foundry, Co. (Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down2 Apr 1945 
Launched3 Apr 1946 
Commissioned23 Jun 1950 
End service30 Sep 1993 

Decommissioned on 30 September 1993
Stricken on 2 November 1993


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Notable events involving Sunbird include:

Apr 1963
April 1963 The USS Sunbird ASR 15 took part in the search for the USS Thresher off the coast of Cape Cod. Spent days looking for her to no avail. Took part in the memorial service for the lost submarine. (1)

Jul 1964
During July 1964 Sunbird was in Getmo on shakedown when she was summoned to St Andres Island where a Columbian Naval ship went aground. Sunbirds crew took part in the demolition of the Padilla.

15 Nov 1976
Assisted in recovery of F-14 Tomcat lost off of USS Kennedy during Nato Operations off coast of Scotland. Fighter was equipped with secret Phoenix Missile system. Encountered severe winds & high seas (65 ft seas) while returning to US. Crew was awarded Unit Commendation for operation Spacious Sky. (1)


  1. Personal communication

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