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Kamehameha (SSBN-642) (SSN-642)
Active Service - Decommissioning

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Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 2 May 1963, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 16 January 1965; Commissioned, USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), 10 December 1965; Reconfigured for special warfare operations and redesignated, Attack Submarine (SSN-642), in July 1992; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 2 April 2002; Final Disposition, undergoing disposal through the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.

SSBN Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 7,325 t., Submerged: 8,251 t.; Length 425'; Beam 33'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 16 kts, Submerged 21 kts; Depth limit 1,300'; Complement 140 (each crew, blue and gold); Armament, 16 missile tubes; four 21" torpedo tubes, forward, MK 14/16 Anti-ship Torpedo MK 37 Anti-Submarine Torpedo, MK 45 ASTOR Nuclear Torpedo MK 48 Anti-Submarine Torpedo ; Combat Sensors, BPS-11A or BPS-15 surface-search radar, BQR-7 sonar, BQR-15 towed-array sonar, BQR-19 sonar, BQR-21 sonar, BQS-4 sonar Propulsion, S5W nuclear reactor two geared steam turbines, 15,000 SHP, one propeller.
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Kamehameha1.90kThe crew of Kamehameha (SSBN-642) thank Mare Island's senior civilian managers for the delivery of the submarine in March 1966. Upper portion of photo from left to right are: CDR R. W. Dickierson (PCO, Gold Crew), Mr. Irve Witthorne, ENCS(SS) T. Atienza (COB), Mr. E. Martinez, and CDR R. S. Leddick (PCO, Blue Crew).USN photo # MSA 67045-3-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Kamehameha733k Kamehameha (SSBN-642) off Diamond Head on 10 June 1966. USN photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Kamehameha1.70kKamehameha (SSBN-642) on builders trial out of Mare Island in November 1966. USN photo # MSA 73885-11-85, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Kamehameha611kJames Alvin Sagerholm. According to his bio, as a Lieutenant, he commanded the Rhea (MSCO-52) from July 1956 to 1957. Although he qualified in destroyers (being X.O. twice) he entered Nuclear Training to eventually become skipper of the Kamehameha (SSN-642) from July 1968 to May 1971. He appears here as a Vice Admiral. Text & USN photo # DN-SC-83-06877 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 12/13/13.
Kamehameha1.14kFourteen page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet of the Kamehameha (SSBN-642).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Kamehameha96kThe Kamehameha (SSBN-642) sails along into the setting sun, circa 1966-92. USN photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists (
Kamehameha173k A port beam view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Kamehameha (SSN-642) underway in the harbor as it departs Naval Station, Charleston, S.C., on 21 February 1984. USN photo # DN-ST-90-08295, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kamehameha54kKamehameha (SSN-642) & tender Hunley (AS-31), with the Harbor Tug Natick (YTB-760) coming alongside in Holy Loch, Scotland, circa 1985. Courtesy of Jack Treutle &
Kamehameha714kEight page PDF Welcome Aboard pamphlet of the Kamehameha (SSN-642).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Kamehameha119k The Kamehameha (SSN-642) returns to Mare Island after completing sea trials in July 1993. Kamehameha was converted to a SSN at Mare Island from 24 September 1992 and 23 July 1993.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Kamehameha575k A SEAL Swimmer ascends from the nuclear-powered submarine Kamehameha (SSN-642) to the surface breathing on a "pony" SCUBA bottle. The SEAL will board the collapsible rigid rubber craft which has already been deployed, 1 November 1993. USN photo photo # DN-ST-95-00316, by LCDR. Mike Wood, courtesy of
Kamehameha605kDrydock Shelter (DDS) crewmen swim down the tether line to the DDS on board the nuclear-powered submarine Kamehameha (SSN-642) during duel shelter special operations training off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 1 November 1993. USN photo photo # DN-ST-95-00318, by LCDR. Mike Wood, from the Defense Visual Information Center, courtesy of
Kamehameha147kKamehameha (SSN-642) with Dual Dry Deck Shelters installed for SEAL Team Lockout Operations Taken during swim call off Ewa Beach Hawaii in 1994. Photo by RMC(SS) Tony Christopher.
Kamehameha40k Commemorative post mark on Kamehameha's (SSN-642) tour of duty with Submarine Squadron 1, 1997.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Kamehameha372kWith the help of the C-Tractor 7, a Choest Marine owed tug, Kamehameha (SSN-642) prepares to depart NAS North Island to support Exercise Kernel Blitz '97 at Camp Pendleton, California on 16 June 1997. Kernel Blitz '97 is a bi-annual Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1st Marine Division (MARDIV). Kernel Blitz '97 is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations.USN photo # DN-SD-03-04700 by JO2 Craig P. Strawser,from the Defense Visual Information Center, courtesy of
Kamehameha145kSailors onboard Kamehameha (SSN-642) prepare to get underway in support of Exercise Kernel Blitz '97 at Camp Pendleton, California. USN photo # N-2568S-001 / DN-SD-03-04698 by JO2 Craig P. Strawser, from the Defense Visual Information Center, courtesy of & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kamehameha67kKamehameha (SSN-642), glides past Orote Point through Apra Harbor, Guam, 13 April 2001. The ballistic missile submarine converted to a conventional submarine in July 1992. She is equipped with two dry deck shelters (DDS) to support Navy SEALS and SEAL Delivery Vehicles during special operations.USN photo # N-9885M-003, by PH1 Alan D. Monyelle USN. US Navy Chinfo Ship Images.
Kamehameha211kA life size portrait of Retired Rear Admiral Michael Browne painted in oil on linen by the artists Kevin Murphy & Kathleen Fritz.
Admiral Browne expressed during his sitting for this portrait that the early days on the Kamehameha (SSN-642) were the best times of his career.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Murphy, Founder, Art Academy of Hillsborough.
Copyright for the painting: Kevin Murphy & Kathleen Fritz.
Kamehameha86kThe Kamehameha (SSN-642) makes her way off the coast of Hawaii in this undated photo. USN photo courtesy of
Kamehameha98kKamehameha (SSN-642) underway, date and place unknown.USN photo courtesy of COMSUBGRU Nine web site.
Kamehameha33kKamehameha (SSN-642) underway submerged, date and place unknown.USN photo courtesy of COMSUBGRU Nine web site.
Kamehameha69kThe Command center of the Kamehameha (SSN-642), date and place unknown.USN photo courtesy of
Kamehameha64k Commemorative post mark from Kamehameha's (SSN-642) visit to Aqaba, Jordan, 26 April 2000, on the occasion of the first sub that visited that country. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Kamehameha24kKamehameha's (SSN-642) Commanding Officer, CDR Hesse, escorts King Abdulah of Jordan on a tour of the boat during her visit to Aqaba, Jordan, 26 April 2000.
The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the Meritorious Unit Commendation to Kamehameha's for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For meritorious service from 1 June to 30 November 1999. The crew of Kamehameha displayed sustained superior performance during Kamehameha's first ever six month deployment to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. While deployed, the crew of Kamehameha displayed expertise in the area of Naval Special Warfare, completing special missions throughout Asia and the Persian Gulf. Kamehameha's flawless performance during the first ever operational evaluation of SEAL and diver performance during Dry Deck Shelter operations in the extreme warm waters of the Persian Gulf provided special operations forces with invaluable insight and lessons learned in a new and challenging war fighting environment, while clearly demonstrating the ability to conduct special operations in these extreme temperature conditions. Kamehameha operational support of the Kitty Hawk battle group, participation in several high level exercises, as well as the re certification of the ship for independent Dry Deck Shelter operations was completed in superb fashion. In addition, the crew of Kamehameha conducted the first ever port visit of a nuclear powered submarine to Aqaba, Jordan, where they completed several high level onboard visits to include the King of Jordan, as well as the unprecedented completion of six community relations projects. By their unrelenting determination, perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty, the officers and enlisted personnel of Kamehameha reflected great credit upon themselves and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
For the Secretary,
J. L. Johnson Admiral, United States Navy
Chief of Naval Operations
Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.Text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Kamehameha58k Capt. Robert W. Dickieson, the first commanding officer of the Kamehameha (SSN-642) comes aboard during a change of command ceremony, January, 2001. Photo by JO2 Cori Rhea, courtesy of
Kamehameha96kRear Adm. John B. Padgett III, commander of the Pacific Submarine Force, in June, 2001 was off-island for the historic return, but sent a message congratulating the crew on their deployment, and called the return "bittersweet." He added that "Kamehameha's (SSN-642) legacy in the Pacific is renowned. For longer than most of the members of her current crew have been alive, this true warrior has helped secure peace for the nation. Your crew should take significant pride in knowing that they are the last to join in Kamehameha's regal legacy." USN photo & text courtesy of by JO2 Cori Rhea, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Kamehameha7.48kTwenty three page PDF Inactivation pamphlet of the Kamehameha (SSBN-642).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Kamehameha250k Senator Daniel Inouye is escorted off the Kamehameha (SSN-642) following inactivation ceremony. Photo by JOCS(SW/AW) Darrell Ames, courtesy of
Kamehameha212k Kamehameha (SSN-642) sailors man the rails one last time at her inactivation ceremony, 8 August, 2001. Photo by JOCS(SW/AW) Darrell Ames, courtesy of
Kamehameha228k Kamehameha (SSN-642) receives Royal Hawaiian blessing at her inactivation ceremony, 8 August, 2001. Photo by JOCS(SW/AW) Darrell Ames, courtesy of
Kamehameha71k Commemorative post mark to Kamehameha's (SSN-642) inactivation ceremony, 8 August, 2001. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Kamehameha & Batfish33kCommemorative post mark on Kamehameha (SSN-642) & Batfish (SSN-681) issued after finishing the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program), September 2002. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Kamehameha (SSBN/SSN-642) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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