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Halibut (SSGN-587) (SSN-587)
Keel Laying - Construction


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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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut299kGeneral view of the keel laying ceremonies for Halibut (SSGN-587) at Mare Island on 11 April 1957. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy photo # 36576-9-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut632kShipyard built model of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated 18 November 1957. U.S. Navy photo # 37400-11-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut477kShipyard built model of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated 18 November 1957. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy Photo # 37906-1-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut554k scale model of Halibut (SSGN-587) mast arrangement, 3/31/58. U.S. Navy Photo # 38774-3-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Halibut405kShipyard built model of Halibut (SSGN-587) dated 26 February 1958. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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.
Photo added 04/27/14.
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.
Photo added 04/27/14.
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.
Photo added 04/27/14.
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.
U.S. Navy photo # 41183-9-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy 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. U.S. Navy Photo # 42503-12-58, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Francis Scott Key171kNuclear submarine lineup depicting the current 19 different types.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Regulus; U.S. Navy's first nuclear missile submarines.
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