Latest pictures added on - 02/19/2013






Pictures of Simon Lake moored at NAVSEADET, Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. from Microsoft Virtual Earth web site in 2008. 



































Below taken from and more pictures available at:  NavSource Online

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:

November - Uniform - Echo - Kilo


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal

USS SIMON LAKE was the lead ship of the SIMON LAKE - class of submarine tenders and the first ship in the Navy named after Simon Lake who was a mechanical engineer and naval architect. He was the inventor of even-keel type submarines and built ARGONUT, in 1897, which was the first submarine to operate successfully in the open sea. He also invented submarine apparatus for locating and recovering sunken vessels and their cargoes, and a heavy-oil internal combustion engine for marine use. He died on 23 June 1945.

The USS SIMON LAKE served the Navy for 34 years until decommissioned on July 31, 1999. At the moment, the SIMON LAKE is held in reserve at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.


General Characteristics:

Awarded: August 8, 1962

Keel laid: January 7, 1963

Launched: February 8, 1964

Commissioned: November 7, 1964

Decommissioned: July 31, 1999

Builder: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.

Propulsion System: two boilers, steam turbines, one shaft

Propellers: one

Length: 643.7 feet (196.2 meters)

Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)

Draft: 30 feet (9.1 meters)

Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons

Speed: 18 knots

Armament: four 20mm guns

Crew: approx. 1,200

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The Original Welcome Aboard Pamphlet

Click:  HERE

(a PDF - 5.78 MB in size)


The Commissioning Pamphlet

Click:  HERE

(a PDF - 15 MB in size)