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Halibut (SSGN-587) (SSN-587)


Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Quebec - Hotel

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation (3) - National Defense Service Medal

Halibut Class Guided Missile Submarine: Laid down, 11 April 1957, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 9 January 1959; Commissioned, USS Halibut (SSGN-587), 4 January 1960; Converted to an Attack Submarine at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, 6 February 1965 to 6 September 1965, Redesignated (SSN-587), 8 August 1965; Decommissioned, 30 June 1976; Laid up awaiting disposal through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program (NPSSRP) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.; Struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1986; Final Disposition; disposed of through NPSSRP, 9 September 1994.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,655 t., Submerged: 5,000 t.; Length 350' ; Beam 29'; Complement 9 Officers 88 Enlisted; Armament, one Regulus missile launcher, (could carry *five* Regulus I missiles, and potentially could have carried the Reg II but that program was cancelled before it ever got the chance), six 21" torpedo tubes; Propulsion, S3G nuclear reactors, **double five bladed propellers. **(Contributed by Don Hulse, EMC9SS0 USN RET).
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Halibut1.40kEarly design scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) weapons hangar (without weapons loading hatch) looking aft from the area of the forward torpedo tubes, 19 February 1957. USN photo # 33123-2-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut764k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) weapons hangar and forward compartment from ~ frame 70 looking forward. Note: Passage between forward compartment and weapons loading hatch above, March 1957. USN photo # 33425-3-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut217kHull section #4 for the Halibut (SSGN-587) is being prepared for lifting by YD-33 at Mare Island's berth 15 and moved to the building ways on 15 March 1957. USN photo # 34302-5-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut137kHull section #4 for the Halibut (SSGN-587) is being lifted by YD-33 at Mare Island's berth 15 and moved to the building ways on 15 March 1957. USN photo # 343045-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut88k RADM Martin J. Lawrence authenticated the keel of the Halibut (SSGN-587) on 11 April 1957 at Mare Island as seen in this news clipping. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut299kGeneral view of the keel laying ceremonies for Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 11 April 1957. USN photo # 33878-4-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut70kA news clipping showing the scene at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 11 April1957 during the keel lying of the Halibut (SSGN-587). The large arrow on the left is pointing to a model of the Regulus missile. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut192k Honorary keel layers of the Halibut (SSGN-587) stand at attention on 11 April1957 at Mare Island while the national anthem is played. On the platform, left to right, are I. H. Witthonrne, pipe shop master; Capt. Edward J. Fahy, production officer; George K. O 'Hara, master electronics mechanic, and Ross Gibbons, retired chief engineer. USN photo # 338883-4-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut659kRegulus II missile is seen on launcher on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587), 17 April 1957. USN photo # 33797-4-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.2m scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) after compartments from ~ frame 109 to 135, June 1957. USN photo # 34644-6-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut743kRegulus II missiles and torpedo stowage as seen on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587), looking forward from weapons loading hatch, July 1957. USN photo # 35199-7-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.30kRegulus II missiles stowage as seen on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) looking aft from area of torpedo tubes, July 1957. USN photo # 35200-7-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut921kRegulus II missiles and torpedo stowage as seen on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) looking aft from area of torpedo tubes, July 1957. USN photo # 35207-7-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut869kRegulus I missiles and torpedo stowage as seen on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) looking aft from area of torpedo tubes, July 1957. USN photo # 35283-7-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut146kForward hull section of Halibut (SSGN-587) is being moved via a 85 ton trailer and dual tractors from the structural shop to the building ways at Mare Island in September 1957. USN photo # 36576-9-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut632kShipyard built model of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated 18 November 1957. USN photo # 37400-11-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut477kShipyard built model of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated 18 November 1957. USN photo # 37401-11-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut736k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) stern torpedo room port side frame 135 to 118 looking forward, 1/16/1958. USN photo # 37905-1-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut881k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) stern torpedo room starboard side frame 135 to 118 looking forward, 1/16/1958. USN photo # 37906-1-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut554k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) mast arrangement, 3/31/58. USN photo # 38774-3-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut405kShipyard built model of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated 26 February 1958. USN photo # 38257-2-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut918kRegulus II missiles and without torpedo stowage as seen on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587), looking aft from area of torpedo tubes. Note: Torpedo tube details, 22 March 1958. USN photo # 38624-3-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut705kWeapons loading hatch details on scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587), looking forward, 11 September 1958. USN photo # 41048-9-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut630kPoster showing the hull/tank outline of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated March 1958. Areas modeled by the shipyard are noted. The engineering spaces were modeled by Electric Boat. USN photo # 38771-3-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut745kFirst a word on Project Lehi This project task was to design the prototype of the Halibut (SSGN-587) Regulus II missile storage and handling system. She was to become the Regulus II test and training ship and home ported out of Point Mugu.
LT J. Metcalf Officer-in-Charge of the King County (AG-157), left, is looking over the plans for the Regulus II missile system with LCDR R. G. Newby, Mare Island's Assistant Design Superintend on 18 September 1958.
Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut928kThe prototype Regulus II storage and handling system in being installed aboard the King County (AG-157) at Mare Island on 18 September 1958. Note the submarine sail. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.03kA view of the topside mock-up of the Halibut's (SSGN-587) topside missile launching area aboard the King County (AG-157) on 18 September 1958. Im not sure safety was happy with the temporary support of the Bat Cave hatch.Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Theodore Roosevelt & Halibut224kA forward hull section of the then (SSBN-600) arrives at the building ways at Mare Island on 22 September 1958. The bow of the Halibut (SSGN-587) is to the right. USN photo # 41183-9-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut46kX64 getting the ways ready for Halibut's (SSGN-587) launching in 1958. USN photo # (MINSY Photo 42058-11-58) courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo added 11/15/14.
Halibut299kSign at the head of building ways for Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 17 November 1958 announcing that there are only 32 production days remaining to launch date. USN photo # 42042-11-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut156kWorkers making preparation for the launching of Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island in November 1958. USN photo # 42058-11-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut151kAft section of the launching cradle for Halibut (SSGN-587) as seen at Mare Island in November 1958. USN photo # 42059-11-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut70k scale mock-up of a Regulus missile in firing position aboard the Halibut (SSGN-587), dated 12/17/1958. USN photo # NY9-42425-12-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut783k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) midships section from frame 53 to 84 looking aft on starboard side, 12/22/58. USN photo # 42500-12-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut912k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) midships section from frame 53 to 84 looking aft on port side, 12/22/58. USN photo # 42501-12-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut722k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) midships section from frame 85 to 53 looking forward on port side, 12/22/58. USN photo # 42502-12-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut796k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) midships section from frame 85 to 53 looking forward on starboard side, 12/22/58. USN photo # 42503-12-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Francis Scott Key171kNuclear submarine lineup depicting the current 19 different types.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Launching & Commissioning
Halibut89k The Halibut (SSGN-587) on the building ways at Mare Island. Note that the ship is on an incline and there are rails under the launch cradle (wooden blocking). This picture was taken in the early morning shortly before her launching. The five vertical supports on the left would removed before launching. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the right of Halibut. USN photo courtesy of Nick Spark.
Text courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut556kWorkmen check out the Halibut (SSGN-587) before her launching at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Halibut284kThe boat riders are in place (hurry-up and wait for the VIPs) for the launching of Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. The hull of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the left of Halibut. USN photo # 42661-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.40k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is ready for her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 9 January 1959. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is seen on the ways to the left of Halibut. USN photo # 42608-1-59 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut138k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is seen just prior to her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 9 January 1959. The keel of the Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is on the ways to the right. USN photo # NY9-42606-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut103kMrs. Chet Holifield, sponsor, christens the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. Assisting Mrs. Holifield are Capt E. R. Tilburne, production officer is on the left and RADM M. J. Lawrence, shipyard commander is on the right. USN photo # 42621-1-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut44kMrs. Chet Holifield, sponsor, is shown with the bottle on champagne to be used to christen the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. RADM M. J. Lawrence, shipyard commander is shown center and Capt E. R. Tilburne, production officer is on the right. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.10k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is at the end of ways during her launching at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. Theodore Roosevelt (SSGN-600) is on the ways to the left. Navy Photo # 42623-1-59, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut284kThe Halibut (SSGN-587) is about totally waterborne at her launching at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. USN photo # 42625-1-59,courtesy of the Valllejo Naval and Historical Museum. Photo contributed by Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut58k The front cover of the Launching Program of the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut90k Pages 1 and 2 of the Launching Program of the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut67k Back page of the Launching Program of the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 9 January 1959. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut44k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is seen entering dry dock #2 on 13 January 1959 and she remained in dock until 24 February 1959. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut61k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is seen in dry dock #2 sometime between 13 January 1959 and 24 February 1959. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut187kSteering and Diving control station for Halibut (SSGN-587) prior to installation aboard ship. USN photo # 43099-2-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut324kAmidships looking forward plan view of Halibut (SSGN-587) being outfitted at Mare Island on 1 April 1959. USN photo # 43833-4-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut274kAft plan view of Halibut (SSGN-587) being outfitted at Mare Island on 1 April 1959. USN photo # 43834-4-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut59kThe Halibut (SSGN-587) is seen in dry dock #2 on 9 May 1959 during core loading and she remained in dock until 14 June 1959. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut299kAmidships looking forward plan view of Halibut (SSGN-587) being outfitted at Mare Island in August 1959. Forward of Halibut is YSR-6 (Big W) bilge wheelerizing barge and Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600) just visible on the building ways behind YSR-6 to the right. USN photo # 45615-8-59, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Submarine Silhouettes 1960179kSubmarine Silhouettes of 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571), Seawolf (SSN-575), Skate (SSN-578), Skipjack (SS-585), Triton (SSRN-586), Halibut (SSGN-587), Thresher (SSN-593), Tullibee (SSN-597), George Washington (SSBN-598), & Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) classes.
USN photo submitted by Ron Titus, courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp.
Nuclear Submarine Profiles187kNuclear Submarine Profiles 1960:
Nautilus (SSN-571),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Triton (SSRN-586),
Skate (SSN-578) & Skipjack (SS-585) classes,
Halibut (SSGN-587) & Tullibee (SSN-597) classes,
George Washington (SSBN-598) &
Thresher (SSN-593) classes.
USN photo courtesy of Ron Titus courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand. Corp. Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Halibut61k The Halibut (SSGN-587) is shown during her commissioning on 4 January 1960 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut65k RADM William E. Ferrall, USN, Commander of the Pacific Submarine Force, delivers the commissioning address for the Halibut (SSGN-587) on 4 January 1960 at Mare Island as other members of the commissioning party listen in the background. From left are Capt. Karl Wheland, USN, Sub Ad commander; RADM L. V. Honsinger, USN, Shipyard Commander; LCDR Walter Dedrick, USN, Halibut Commanding Officer; Mrs. Chet Holified, Halibut sponsor, RADM George L. Russell, USN 12th Naval District Commandant, and CDR H. W. Buckingham, CHC, USN, shipyard chaplain. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut44k The front cover of the Commissioning Program for the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 4 January 1960. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut71k Pages 1 & 2 of the Commissioning Program for the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 4 January 1960. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut91k Back cover of the Commissioning Program for the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 4 January 1960. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut55k Cachet designed for the launching of the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 4 January 1960. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut130kModel of the Halibut (SSGN-587) in the "as built" Regulus submarine version 1960. Photo courtesy of Tom Dougherty.
Active Career - Decommissioning
Halibut40k Artists conception of Halibut (SSGN-587) firing a Regulus missile. Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Halibut113k Halibut (SSGN-587) firing a Regulus missile in front of the Lexington (CV-16) , 25 March 1960, the first nuclear powered submarine to successfully launch a guided missile. Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Halibut217k Periscope shot of a Regulus missile launched by the Halibut (SSGN-587) 25 March 1960. USN photo courtesy of Don Hulse, EMC9-SS0 (USN RET.)
Halibut44kThe Halibut (SSGN-587) departed for her shakedown cruise 11 March 1960. On the way to Australia, 25 March, she became the first nuclear powered submarine to successfully launch a guided missile. She is pictured here firing a Regulus 1 missile on 31st March 1960. Partial text courtesy of DANFS. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Halibut248kHalibut (SSGN-587) goes south: Auckland NZ, 21 April 1960. Photo by Chris Howell, courtesy of John Hummel.
Halibut434kHalibut (SSGN-587) goes south: Auckland NZ, 21 April 1960. Photo by Chris Howell, courtesy of John Hummel.
Halibut824k26 April 1960:(Regulus radio control missile, on top of Halibut (SSGN-587), Overseas Passenger Terminal, Oriental Bay, Wellington) Photo # FL13661700, courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Halibut758k26 April 1960: (sailors playing board games, in the mess area). Photo # FL13661728, courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Halibut853k26 April 1960: (unidentified sailor preparing to drop garbage/trash into the GDU (Garbage Disposal Unit)). Text i.d. courtesy of Terry Byrd.
Photo # FL13661396, courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Halibut742k26 April 1960: (unidentified sailor, standing in sleeping quarters). Photo # FL13661572, courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Halibut779k27 April 1960: (naval officers leaving Halibut (SSGN-587) in Wellington). Photo # FL13661478, courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Halibut386k 27 April 1960: Regulus radio control missile on top of Halibut (SSGN-587), Overseas Passenger Terminal, Oriental Bay, Wellington. Photo # FL13661494, courtesy of National Library of New Zealand via Stephen Gower.
Halibut282kCrew of the Halibut (SSGN-587) lined up on deck for one of our inspections and award ceremonies. Note the Regulus missiles on deck and on dock at Pearl Harbor, circa, 1960-62. USN photo & text courtesy of Don Hulse, EMC9-SS0 (USN RET.)
Halibut41k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of Halibut's (SSGN-587) visit to Australia, 4 May 1960. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Halibut1.80kHalibut (SSGN-587) at Sydney, Australia between 1- 7 May 1960 with the British submarine HMS Anchorite outboard. Photo # 7240-6-1960, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut2.20kAerial view of the Halibut (SSGN-587) circa 1962.Photo # 7240-6-1960, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut604kHalibut (SSGN-587) at sea off of US Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 16 October 1962 with VSH-8602 (or) 8601.
Bob Koscak was a Hospital Corpsman (HM3) serving with the First Marine Brigade at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu from 1963-1965.
During 1964 a platoon-size (40?) commando group of Marines was formed from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, and he was the Marine unit Corpsman. They trained extensively for about 6 weeks and culminated their training aboard the Halibut for a number of days, probably in the early fall of 1964. They were not scuba certified, but did all their training surface swimming and with rubber boats.
Training consisted of launching the boats by throwing them over the side and paddling them into shore. Another technique was to place the boats on the sub deck and the sub then gradually submerged, leaving them to paddle away (for all their lives).
Pick up techniques were by grouping the boats together into 2 groups, and the sub would snag the rope connecting the boat groups with its periscope, towing them out to sea where they could be picked up and boats recovered. They also used that technique to launch boats. Because of those "periscope" recovery efforts he got to claim that he was one of the few people in the world to get run over by a submarine twice in one day. A story for another time.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Bob Koscak.
USN photo by Photographer C.F. Labertew, SA, from the collection of W.P. Jones. U.S. Navy photo.
Halibut706kCDR Warren R. Cobean (left) is relieved by LCDR John F. Mangold on 1 November 1962 as commanding officer of the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island. CDR Cobean new assignment will be Commanding Officer (Gold) of James Monroe (SSBN-622). Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut355kGeneral view of the 1962 Change of Command of Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 1 November 1962. The ship is in the yard's dry dock #2 for overhaul. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut79kHalibut (SSGN-587), and Regulus missile in Sydney Harbor with the British submarine HMS Anchorite outboard, circa early 60's. Courtesy of Gary Flynn, USN-RET, ex-GSSN, MT3 (SS), ETC (SS), and CWO-4
Regulus Deterrent Patrols1.30kRegulus Deterrent Patrols by the following submarines from September 1959 to July 1964:
Tunny (SSG-282),
Barbero (SSG-317),
Grayback (SS-574),
Growler (SSG-577),&
Halibut (SSGN-587).
Photograph courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Halibut164kHalibut (SSGN-587), firing Regulus missile, date and place unknown. USN photo courtesy chinfo.navy.mil
Halibut58kHalibut (SSGN-587), with a full head of nuclear steam. Courtesy of Gary Flynn, USN-RET, ex-GSSN, MT3 (SS), ETC (SS), and CWO-4
Halibut112kHalibut (SSGN-587), at Pearl Harbor, date unknown.© Richard Leonhardt
Halibut1.1mHalibut (SSGN-587) with Diamond Head in the background in late 1965. Note her topside thruster and she has no DSVR habitat. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut73kHalibut (SSGN-587) underway off Bremerton, WA. Courtesy of goatlocker.org.
Submarine Base Pearl Harbor564kSubmarine are from left to right: Halibut (SSGN-587), Pickerel (SS-524), Perch (LPSS-313), Unidentified, Sterlet (SS-392) at Submarine Base Pearl Harbor on 12 April 1967. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel & Dave Johnston (USNR).
Halibut603kProgram of her change of command in November 1969. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut135k Starboard view of the Halibut (SSGN-587) underway, possibly circa early 1970's. Courtesy of Thomas McLoughlin.
Halibut765kCDR Charles H. Larson, left, new commanding officer of Halibut (SSN-587) shakes hands with the former commanding officer of Halibut, CDR John E. McNish at the change of command ceremony on 5 August 1973.Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut160k Admiral Charles R. Larson was a 1958 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Larson twice served as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He also served as Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC). His classmates at the Academy included future U.S. Senator John McCain and Vice Admiral John Poindexter. Admiral Larson was the first naval officer selected as a White House Fellow and served his fellowship in 1968 as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. From 1969 to 1971, he served as Naval Aide to the President of the United States. He reported back to sea duty as executive officer of the nuclear attack submarine Sculpin (SSN-590). Then from 1973 to 1976, he served as commanding officer of the nuclear attack submarine Halibut (SSGN-587). In 1976, Admiral Larson assumed duties as Commander, Submarine Development Group ONE in San Diego, Calif., in which he headed the Navy's worldwide deep submergence program USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Halibut1.00k View of Halibut (SSGN-587) departing San Francisco likely in the mid 1970's.
One of Mare Island's Ocean Engineering Boats. Ocean Engineering is what we called Halibut (SSGN-587), Parche (SSN-683) & Seawolf (SSN-575) and the program to manage them.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut56k Front cover of the decommissioning program for the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 30 June 1976. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut695kNine page PDF of the decommissioning program for the Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 30 June 1976.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut695kHalibut (SSGN-587) .USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut101k Capt. Charles R. Larson, Commanding Officer of Halibut (SSGN-587) addresses a crowd of over 500 persons at the decommissioning of the ship at Mare Island on 30 June 1976. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut1.70kThe colors are lowered for the last time aboard the Halibut (SSN-587) during her decommissioning ceremonies at Mare Island on 30 June 1976.Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut23k Commemorative postal cover marking the Halibut (SSGN-587) last day in commission, 30 June 1976. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Halibut24k Commemorative postal cover marking the Halibut (SSGN-587) decommissioning, 30 June 1976. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Halibut141kModel of the Halibut (SSGN-587) in her later (1970's) Special Operations version. Photo courtesy of Tom Dougherty.
Halibut29kThis is a granite pebble about the size of a 50 cent piece recovered from the Sea of Okhotsk between the Kamchatka peninsula and the Russian mainland during one of the spy missions by the Halibut (SSGN-587) to recover data from the "pod" that was left next to an underwater telephone line to monitor Soviet Naval messages. Courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Halibut62k Model of the Halibut (SSGN-587), at the time of her decommissioning. The model is incorrect, in that it has fairings leading to the leading edge of the rear planes. Courtesy of Nick Spark.
Reactor Compartments83kTrench 94, Hanford Site, Washington, 1994. Hull sections containing defueled reactor compartments of decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are put in disposal trenches. Once full, the trench will be filled with dirt and buried. The compartments are expected to retain their integrity for more than 600 years. USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
Spent Fuel569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.

View the Halibut (SSGN-587)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Regulus; U.S. Navy's first nuclear missile submarines.
aboutsubs.com - Halibut (SSGN-587)

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