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Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)
Keel Laying, Construction & Launching

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Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 7 July 1964 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 23 October 1965; Commissioned, USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658), 16 December 1966; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 9 March 1995; Disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program, 22 December 1995 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 7,250 t., Submerged: 8,250 t.; Length 425' ; Beam 33'; Draft 32'; Speed, Surfaced/Submerged 20+ kts; Complement 120; Test depth 1,300'; Armament, 16 missile tubes, four 21" torpedo tubes; Propulsion, S5W Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor, two geared turbines at 15,000 shp, one propeller.
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Mariano G. Vallejo90kGen. Mariano G. Vallejo, born 7 July 1808 at Monterey, Calif, entered the Monterey Presidial Academy in 1823. Appointed Secretary to the Governor of California in 1825, he later served as Commander of the Presidio at San Francisco, and in 1836 was appointed Commandante General and Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, the highest military command in northern California. That appointment terminated during the Bear Flag Revolt, General Vallejo, in spite of substantial losses suffered as a result of that revolution, chose to remain in his home State and support separation from Mexico and annexation by the United States.
An influential member of the State’s Constitutional Convention, he was elected a member of the first State Senate (1850). He continued to devote his energies to the development of California for the remainder of his life. General Vallejo died at Sonoma, Calif., 12 January 1890.
Photo courtesy of University of California Digital Library & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Mariano G. Vallejo90kPhotos of flags hanging above the first hull section of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) prior to her keel laying ceremonies at Mare Island on 7 July 1964.U.S. Navy photo # 64197-7-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo90kThe honorary keel layer for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) are shown during her keel laying at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 7 July 1964. Pictured left to right are: RADM E. J. Fahy, Shipyard Commander; Philip A. Green, Deputy Chief Design Engineer; Oren A Kern, Outside Machine Shop Head; John C. Murphy, Industrial Relations Office; and R. P. Stroganoff, Chief Combat System Engineer.U.S. Navy photo # 64160-7-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo139k President Lyndon B. Johnson put his brand on the keel of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) electronically from his office in Washington, DC on 7 July 1964. He addressed the crowd gather at the keel laying via telephone. U.S. Navy photo # 64162-7-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo364kThe initials of President Johnson on the keel of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) are inspected by Rep. Henry B. Gonzales, D-Tex, Main Speaker; Rep. Edward R. Roybal, D-Los Angeles; and RADM Edward J. Fahy, Shipyard Commander on 7 July 1964 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo98kCongressman Henry B. Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas affixes his signature to the keel of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at her keel laying at Mare Island on 7 July 1964.U.S. Navy photo # 64194-7-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo141k RADM Edward J. Fahy, Shipyard Commander, affixes his signature to the keel of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at her keel laying at Mare Island on 7 July 1964. Congressman Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles (left) and Congressman Henry B. Gonzales of San Antonio, Texas (right) look on. U.S. Navy photo # 64164-7-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo232k The scene at the keel laying of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on & July 1964. The hull section (background) used for the keel laying ceremony is seen through a missile compartment section of the hull (foreground). U.S. Navy photo # 64195-7-64, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo54kPostal cover for the keel laying of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island on 7 July 1964. The Vallejo Family crest is shown on the left. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo147kFront cover of the keel laying program ceremony for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), 7 July 1964. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo385k Second and third pages of the keel laying program ceremony for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), 7 July 1964. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo199k Last page of the keel laying program ceremony for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), 7 July 1964. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo398kThe Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is shown under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1 July 1965. The missile silos are clearly visible. U.S. Navy photo # 68810-7-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo254k Early October 1965. Photo of a group of Mariano G. Vallejo's (SSBN-658) plank owners taken at Mare Island prior to her launching.U.S. Navy photo # 70172-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo505kThe Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is shown under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70014-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo197k Cover of the launching program of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) on 23 October 1965.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Mariano G. Vallejo261kThe crew of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) are assembled topside during the launching of the submarine at Mare Island on 23 October 1965.U.S. Navy photo # 70339-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo290kRADM E. B. Fluckey (COMSUBPAC) speaks during the launching ceremonies of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island on 23 October 1965.U.S. Navy photo # 70340-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo121kMiss Patricia O. V. McGettigan (left) was the sponsor and Senora Guadalupe Marron de Pardo (right) was the Matron of Honor for the launching of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. Miss McGettigan from San Francisco is the great great granddaughter of General Vallejo. Senora Guadalupe Marron de Pardo from Guadalajara, Mexico was the great granddaughter of General Vallejo.U.S. Navy photo # 70407-10-63, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo66kMiss Patricia O. V. McGettigan was the sponsor for the launching of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Naval Shipyard on 10/23/1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70408-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo76kPhoto of primary participants at the launching the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. Left to right: Congressman L. Mendel Rivers, Chairman House, Armed Services Committee and guest speaker; Miss Patricia O. V. McGettigan, Sponsor; and RADM Edward J. Fahy, Commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard. U.S. Navy photo # 70405-10-63, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo509k VIPs at the launching of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70404-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo390kBow shot of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) the morning of her launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965.U.S. Navy photo # 70280-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo446k Stern shot of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) the morning of her launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965.U.S. Navy photo # 70281-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo427k Miss Patricia O. V. Mcgettigan christens the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) as the Shipyard Commander, RADM Edward J. Fahy looks on at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70305-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo427kAs the crew stands at attention on her deck, Miss Patricia O. V. Mcgettigan christens the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) the morning of her launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70304-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo496kThe Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is about to be christened at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70411-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo526kThe Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is half way down the ways during her launching at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70306-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo576k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) entering the water at her launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum photo # 70308C-10-65 TH, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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Mariano G. Vallejo1.00k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at the end of ways during her launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70307-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo536k The Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is at the end of the ways during her launching at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70308-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo345k The Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is seen at the end of the building ways during her launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 704121-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo377k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is waterborne after her launching at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70391-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo1.10k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) waterborne for the first time with the US Air Force providing a fly over during her launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70309-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo185kThe Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is honored by a flight of F-102 Delta Daggers during her launching at Mare Naval Shipyard in October of 1965.
The lead plane of that flight of three was flown by Ramon Medina, (Capt. at the time). They were assigned to the 82nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, from Travis AFB, CA.
U.S. Navy photo # 70413-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Text i.d courtesy of Marlon Medina.
Mariano G. Vallejo1.00k Six tugs with the just launched Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) in the Mare Island Channel on 23 October 1965. Tugs are left top to bottom: Satanta (YTM-270), YTL-434, Cahokia (YTM-135); Right top to bottom Lelaka (YTB-514), Sea Mule & Dekaury (YTB-178). U.S. Navy photo # 70310-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo1.00k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) being moved to dry dock after launching at Mare Island on 23 October 1965. U.S. Navy photo # 70311-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo605k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is in dry dock #3 at Mare Island on 23 October 1965 to drop her launching cradle. U.S. Navy photo # 70337-10-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo88k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Mariano G. Vallejo's (SSBN-658) launching, 23 October 1965. Courtesy of Jim Richardson.
Mariano G. Vallejo914kCommemorative Medals issued by the Exchange Club in Vallejo for the launching of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island on 23 October 1965 & accompanying 4 page PDF. Photo courtesy of Steve & Linda Blanchard.

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