Peter J. Spink

Captain Peter J. Spink died of cancer on April 15, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, FL.

A native of Schenectady, NY, Peter served four years in the destroyer navy prior to his admission into the Academy. During his four years as a midshipman, he was a member of the 17th Company.                                                                                              


Upon graduation, he again was assigned to a destroyer, the C. S. Sperry DD 697, prior to his assignment to submarine school in 1959. Upon completion, Peter was ordered to Atule SS 403. His career continued as a member of the commissioning crew of the Thomas Jefferson SSBN 618, Executive Officer of Salmon SS 573, and Commanding Officer of Picuda SS 382. Duties ashore included Head of the Weapons Department, Submarine School; SHAPE in 1971; COMCRUDESGRU One in 1975; the COMSUBLANT Rep in Northwood, England in 1977; and as the INSURV Senior Submarine Inspector in 1979. He retired from the navy in 1983.


Peter's leadership and achievements were recognized throughout his career. His submarine command achieved the E for COMSUBLANT and he received numerous decorations for professional excellence.

Pete had a civilian career on the West Coast prior to moving to Florida. While living in Florida, he was hired as the Manager of the Marine Engineering Department, AUTEC, on Andros Island, Bahamas. He retired again in 1997.


Pete was married to his wife Martha for 40 years. In retirement they enjoyed fishing within the waters of Florida, and traveling.