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Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)
Active Service - Decommissioning

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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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Francis Scott Key1.02kEleven page Welcome Aboard Program for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) , circa 1973.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Francis Scott Key627kTen page COC 1973 Gold Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
PDF added 01/23/13.
Mariano G. Vallejo73kAn official Hawaiian welcome (this is supposed to be a family site) awaits the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) as she arrives dockside in this probably circa 1970's photo.USN photo courtesy of pelicanharborsubvets.com.
Mariano G. Vallejo32kA C-4 Posideon missile clears the water during demonstration and shakedown launch from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) in mid - 1976.US Navy photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Mariano G. Vallejo460k A UGM-96 Trident missile clears the water during the 20th demonstration and shakedown launch from the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), 9 October 1984. This is the 45th flight of the Trident missile. USN photo # DF-SC-85-12090 by JOSN Oscar Sosa, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Mariano G. Vallejo836kThe fleet ballistic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is brought into Kings Bay after completing the Navy's 2,500th deterrent patrol on 1 October 1987. USN photo # DN-ST-88-00240 by JO2 Jodelle Blankenship, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Mariano G. Vallejo334kCrew members stand at parade rest aboard the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) while participating in a ceremony commemorating the completion of the 2,500th deterrent patrol by fleet ballistic missile submarines of the US Navy. The 2,500th patrol was completed by the Mariano G. Vallejo. The fleet ballistic missile submarine Canopus (AS-34) is in the background.
Official U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-87-05951 by PH3 Joan Zop, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Mariano G. Vallejo510kThe nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) is assisted into a dock by the large harbor tugs Okmulgee (YTB-765) and Tomahawk (YTB-789) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, 4 Apr 1987. The Mariano G. Vallejo has just completed the 2,500th deterrent patrol by a fleet ballistic missile submarine of the United States Navy. Another submarine is moored alongside the fleet ballistic missile submarine tender Canopus (AS-34) is in the background. USN photo # DN-SN-87-05959 by PH3 Vise, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Mariano G. Vallejo131kSide boys salute as Vice Admiral (VADM) Bruce Demars, deputy chief of naval operations, Submarine Warfare, boards the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo to attend a ceremony commemorating the completion of the 2,500th deterrent patrol by fleet ballistic missile submarines of the US Navy. U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-87-05955, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Mariano G. Vallejo460k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Mariano G. Vallejo (SSN-658) in San Francisco Bay, underway on 1 February 1991. USN photo # DN-ST-91-05233 by PH1 Wilson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Mariano G. Vallejo131k The Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), is seen departing Mare Island on 13 September 1994 after her final port call of her career. She visited Mare Island from 4 September to 13 September 94. She is departing for inactivation at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
USN photo # 268183, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Francis Scott Key1.35kNineteen page PDF Program for the 1994 Inactivation of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) .Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
PDF added 01/23/13.
Mariano G. Vallejo88k The sail of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) returns to Mare Island on 19 October 1995 aboard YSD-256 . The sail will go on display at the musesum on the shipyard. U.S. Navy photo # 276955-10-95, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Scraping26kCommemorative post mark issued on the occasion of Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634), Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641), and Hammerhead (SSN-663), at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, entering Dry Dock No. 4 for scraping 8 November 1994.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Francis Scott Key806kSeven page Decommissioning Program for the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) , March 1995.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Mariano G. Vallejo87kCommemorative postal cover marking the 100 anniversary of the submarine service on 11 Aprill 2000, picturing the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) and listing all the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA. built nuclear ballistic submarines.
Courtesy of The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Spent Fuel569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SSN-591),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658),
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
Mariano G. Vallejo132kThe sail of the Mariano G. Vallejo (SSN-658) resting on the dock at the former U. S. Naval Shipyard, Mare Island (CA) on 9 June 2009.
Sub tower needs new home Mare Island-made Mariano G. Vallejo faces orders to relocate By Sarah Rohrs Posted: 11/14/2009 01:30:10 AM PST
Ken Zadwick, president of the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, points out a remnant of the Mariano G. Vallejo, a nuclear submarine that was made on Mare Island.
It took a fleet of government officials to get portions of the Mariano G. Vallejo submarine returned to Vallejo, and now a historic foundation may need to find it a new home.
The Mariano G. Vallejo nuclear submarine's conning tower, or sail, is on the Mare Island waterfront near dry docks 1 and 2.
Development firm Lennar Mare Island has told the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation the tower must be moved so the area can undergo environmental clean-up next month, firm spokesman Jason Keadjian said.
The conning tower is black and painted with the number 658. It is a 40-foot-long segment with tiny windows that emerged first when the submarine rose out of the water.
Foundation president Ken Zadwick said the tower should remain on the Mare Island waterfront as a testament to the shipyard.
"It needs to be seen by the public from across the river," Zadwick said. "This is like the Statue of Liberty for us. It's the only thing we have that represents the 513 ships built on Mare Island."
Zadwick said he found a local business willing to move the tower to a Mare Island waterfront spot near the Art Ship, but LMI informed him, in a November 9 letter, that spot would be unsuitable.
The city has been working with Lennar Mare Island and the historic park foundation for several months trying to identify a spot for the 132,000-pound tower, Assistant City Manager Craig Whittom said.
Both the city and LMI said the land where the tower sits is now owned by LMI, but would be transferred to the city following environmental clean-up. "It's fairly simple. The tower needs to be moved to allow for environmental remediation," Whittom said. Some options are the foundation's Mare Island Museum property or Alden Park near Captain's Row on Walnut Avenue, Whittom said.
Keadjian said waterfront options were explored, but none were found. He stressed the firm is deferring to the city's interest to have the conning tower moved to Alden Park or the museum property.
However, Zadwick said moving the tower is not a matter of great urgency. He appealed to the City Council for help this week. He added he is hoping he can work with the city to find a waterfront spot.
If the tower must be moved immediately, Zadwick said it might be possible to put it in the Mare Island Strait temporarily.
The tower is now sitting on wooden planks, and has been painted with a rust-inhibitor, he said. It is within a fenced-off area and can be seen looking while across the Mare Island Strait from the Ferry Building.
Saved from the salvage yard at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the tower has been on the Mare Island waterfront since 1995. It was transported on the USS Sperry on its way to the Benicia's Mothball Fleet in the Suisun Bay, Zadwick said.
The tower made its way to Mare Island via a barge and then was put on a train car where it was delivered to its present spot, he said.
To try to save the Mariano G. Vallejo, Zadwick, former Vallejo Mayor Tony Intintoli, and federal officials lobbied the Navy.
At one point, the military agreed to sell entire submarine for $10 million, Zadwick said.
Later, Naval officials agreed to make portions of the submarine available, which included the tower, plus the control panel, periscope and anchor chain now stored at the Mare Island Museum.
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum executive director Jim Kern said the conning tower "is significant because it's the only remaining part of the Mariano G. Vallejo, among the most famous ships built on Mare Island." "It needs to be somewhere where it's on public view for the greatest number of people," Kern added.
Photo courtesy of Capt. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG (ret).

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