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Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)
Sea Trials - Commissioning

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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. Vallejo116kForward port quarter view of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) departing San Francisco Bay on 15 May 1966 on her builders trials. U.S. Navy photo # 051566-01, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo125kBow on view of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) departing San Francisco Bay on 15 May 1966 on her builders trials with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.U.S. Navy photo # 051566-03, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo126kForward starboard quarter view of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) departing San Francisco Bay on 15 May 1966 on her builders trials with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.U.S. Navy photo # 051566-02, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo164kCapt. George L. Street (Commander Sub Group San Francisco and Ex CO of Tirante (SS-420) present a letter of commendation of LCDR Botshon (PXO of Vallejo's (SSBN-658) Gold Crew) at Mare Island on 14 June 1966. Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo176kRADM J. H. McQuilkin (Shipyard Commander) receives salutes form left CDR John K. Nunneley (PCO Gold) and right CDR Douglas B Guthe (PCO Blue) at awards ceremonies for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island on 14 June 1966. Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo1.27kThis eleven PDF pamphlet appears to have been given to visitors during the various events leading up to the submarine's commissioning. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
PDF added 01/23/13.
Mariano G. Vallejo107kNewspaper clipping from the 16 September 1966 edition of the Vallejo Times-Herald showing the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) in dry dock #3 at Mare Island sometime between 27 August and 15 September 1966.U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo70kA clipping from the 18 Nov 1966 edition of the shipyard newspaper showing the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at the outfitting dock.U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo310k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) on sea trials in early December 1966.U.S. Navy photo # 75551-12-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo197k The crew of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) during the commissioning ceremonies of the boat at Mare Island on 16 December 1966.U.S. Navy photo # 75692-12-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo337k View of the crews mess aboard Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island in December 1966. U.S. Navy photo # 75818-12-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo289k View of the crews mess aboard Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island in December 1966. U.S. Navy photo # 75819-12-66, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo1.60kThe crowd at the commissioning of Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island on 16 December 1966.U.S. Navy # 75674-12-66 photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo58k First day cover for the commissioning of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), 16 December 1966.Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo89kA clipping from the 23 Dec 1966 editon of the shipyard newspaper covering the commissioning of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) .U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo83k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) off Mare Island sometime in December 1966. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo99k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) departs Mare Island sometime in December 1966.U.S. Navy photo # 75579-12-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo69k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) off the California coast sometime in December 1966.U.S. Navy photo # 75594-12-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo289k Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) at Mare Island under going post shake-down repairs in June 1967. U.S. Navy photo # 78147-6-67, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mariano G. Vallejo109kThe nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) possibly sometime after her commissioning.US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.

View the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658)
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
USS Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN 658
FAS - SSBN-640 Benjamin Franklin Class FBM Submarines

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