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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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Halibut1.4mEarly 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 April1957 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.
Halibut1.3mRegulus 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.
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.
aboutsubs.com - Halibut (SSGN-587)

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