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Guitarro (SSN-665)
Keel Laying - Launching

Radio Call Sign: November -Golf - Romeo - Kilo

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Active Service - Decommissioning


Sturgeon Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 9 December 1965, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 27 July 1968; Commissioned, USS Guitarro (SSN-665), 9 September 1972; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 29 May 1992; Final Disposition, disposed of through the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 18 October 1994.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 3,640 t., Submerged: 4,640 t.; Length 292' 3"; Beam 31' 8"; Draft 28' 8"; Speed, Surfaced 15 kts, Submerged 25 kts; Depth limit 1,300'; Complement 108; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes amidships aft of bow, MK 48 Torpedoes, UUM-44A SUBROC, UGM-84A/C Harpoon, MK 57 deep water mines, MK 60 CAPTOR mines; Combat Sensors, Radar, BPS-14/15 surface search, Sonars, BQQ-5 multi-function bow mounted, BQR-7 passive in submarines with BQQ-2, BQS-12 active 7, TB-16 or TB-23 towed array, EW Systems, WLQ-4(V), WLR-4(V), WLR-9 ; Propulsion System, one S5W nuclear reactor, two steam turbines, one propeller, 15,000 shp.
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Guitarro52kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the keel laying ceremony of the Guitarro (SSN-665), 9 December 1965, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Courtesy of Jim Richardson.
Guitarro126k Chaplain CDR Benoit Galland opens the keel laying ceremony for the Guitarro (SSN-665) at Mare Island on 9 Dec 1965. Pictured from left to right: RADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander; Lou Burgeline, Head of Plant Equipment (Honorary Keel Layer), CDR Benoit Galland, CHC, USN; Ed Weber, Inspector of Ship Mechanical Systems (Honorary Keel Layer); Walter Sobotor, President of Mare Island Metal Trades Council (Honorary Keel Layer); Howard Powell, Master of Sheetmetal Shop (Honorary Keel Layer); Capt. D. T. Holmer, USN, Shipyard Production Officer.
USN photo # MSA-70871-12/65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro144kRADM Edward J. Fahy, USN, Shipyard Commander authenticates the keel of the Guitarro (SSN-665) at Mare Island on 9 Dec 1965.
USN photo # MSA-70874-12/65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro107k The Keel plaque of the Guitarro (SSN-665), dated 12/9/1965.
USN photo # MSA-70875-12-65, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro352kThe installation of Guitarro's (SSN-665) sail on the building way on 22 April 1968.USN photo # 82650-4-68 courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro104k A clipping from the 26 July 1968 Mare Island newspaper "Tie Line". The photo shows Joe Honodel, Superintendent of Shop 64 (Shipwrights) is giving Paul F. Minasiian, Electrical Group Superintendent instruction on his duties as the triggerman for the launching of the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 27 July 1968.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro95kMrs. John McNay Taylor, Sponsor for the launching of the Guitarro (SSN-665) at Mare Island on 27 July 1968. She was the wife of VADM John McNay Taylor, USN (Ret). The Guitarro was the 14th nuclear submarine launched at Mare Island.
USN photo # MSA-86040-7-68, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro104kMrs. John McNay Taylor, Sponsor and Mrs. John Sutro, Matron of Honor for the launching of the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 27 July 1968 at Mare Island.
USN photo # MSA-86041-7-68, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro764kThe official launching party for the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 27 July 1968 at Mare Island. Seated left to right: Mrs. Paul F. Minasian; Mrs. L. B. Mayer; Mrs. John Sutro (Matron of Honor); Mrs. John McNay Taylor (Sponsor); Mrs. J. H. McQuilkin; Mrs. R. L. Leggett; Mrs. H. R. Adrianse; and Mrs. A. S. Kirkland. Standing left to right: Mr. Paul F. Minasian; RADM E. J. Fahy (NAVSHIPSYSCOM); Capt. L. B. Mayer (Deputy Shipyard Commander); Mr. John Sutro; VADM John McNay Taylor (Ret.); Representative Robert L. Leggett; RADM J. H. McQuilkin (Shipyard Commander); Capt. H. R. Adrianse (Production Officer); LCDR A. S. Kirkland (Chaplain). Navy Photo # 86044-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro118kRADM J. H. McQuilkin, USN, Shipyard Commander speaks at the launching of the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 27 July 1968 at Mare Island.
USN photo # MSA-86050-7-68, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro159kRepresentative Robert L. Leggett and RADM J. H. McQuilkin inspect the honor guard at the launching of the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 27 July 1968 at Mare Island. The Honor Guard was composed of students from Naval Schools Command, Mare Island.
USN photo MSA 86046-7-68, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro103k This picture appeared in the 2 August 1968 issue of the Mare Island newspaper "Tie Line" showing the christening of the Guitarro (SSN-665) at Mare Island on 27 July 1968.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro506kBow view of Guitarro (SSN-665) and her launch cradle on the ways early on her launch date of 27 July 1968 at Mare Island. Navy Photo # 86034-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro552kThe launch trigger for the Guitarro (SSN-665).Navy Photo # 86035-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro871kBow view of Guitarro (SSN-665) on the ways.Navy Photo # 86038-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro786kStern view of the Guitarro (SSN-665).Navy Photo # 86039-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro878kThe Guitarro (SSN-665) is ready for launching.Navy Photo # 86053-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro526k Mrs John McNav Taylor, Sponsor, christens the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 27 July 1968 at Mare Island.
USN photo # 86057-7-68, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro817kThe Guitarro (SSN-665) is christened.Navy Photo # 86056-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro888kThe Guitarro (SSN-665) is headed down the building ways.Navy Photo # 86058-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro952k Guitarro (SSN-665) entering the water at Mare Island on 27 July 1968. USN photo # 86061A-7-68 TH, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. via Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Photo added 06/22/12.
Guitarro1.10k The Guitarro (SSN-665) at the end of the launching ways and entering the waters, 27 July 1968 at Mare Island.
USN photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro2.02k PDF of the Guitarro (SSN-665) launching program at Mare Island on 27 July 1968. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro667k This picture appeared in the 2 August 1968 issue of the Mare Island newspaper "Tie Line" showing the Guitarro (SSN-665) in dry dock 2 after her launching at Mare Island on 27 July 1968. She was in dry dock to drop the launching cradle.
Navy Photo # 86035-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro71k First day cover for the launching of Guitarro (SSN-665).
Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro95k Another first day cover for the launching of Guitarro (SSN-665). This one lists the nuclear submarines built at Mare Island up to the Guitarro.
Courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro916kThe Guitarro (SSN-665) is in the channel on her way to dry dock to drop the launching cradle on 27 July 1968 at Mare Island. The tugs from left to right: Satanta (TYM-270) with DeKaury (YTM-178) and Sea Mule (TYL-614) at the stern and YTL-435 is at the bow. There is an unidentified YTB in the background.Navy Photo # 86063-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Guitarro (SSN-665) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: W. Gordon Lange, Captain, USN Ret.
Address: PO Box 3659 Groton Long Point, CT 06340
Phone: 860 572 7537
E-mail:
glange2983@aol.com

Additional Contacts:
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association
Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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