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Guitarro (SSN-665)
Active Service - Decommissioning

Radio Call Sign: November -Golf - Romeo - Kilo

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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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Sturgeon Class43k Oil on canvas painting by the artist Jim Christley entitled "Trailing".
During the Cold War the US Naval Submarine Force was tasked with keeping tabs on Soviet Naval movements in particular, the Soviet Submarine Force. Submarines of the Sturgeon Class were well suited to this task and often trailed Soviet submarines for days reporting on their movements and recording noise signatures. In this image, such a trailing has turned into a close aboard encounter as a Soviet Viktor III Class has turned to port to check his baffles (to listen to see if anyone is immediately astern). A trailing Sturgeon has stopped his screw and gone quiet. Extending far behind the US submarine is its towed array sonar which assists in giving a clear picture of the oceanís acoustics
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Submerged submarines145kSubmerged submarines in tandem.U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Guitarro160k Display commemorative of Guitarro (SSN-665) of a June 1981 Tomahawk War Shot. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro124kThe Guitarro(SSN-665) at Ballast Point, San Diego, prior to a Change of Command ceremony on 18 July 1981.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro & Sam Houston202kThe Guitarro (SSN-665) Change of Command is seen in progress on 18 July 1981 at Ballast Point San Diego, Calif. The Sam Houston (SSBN-609) is alongside the Dixon (AS-37) aft of Guitarro .
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro98k The Guitarro (SSN-665) returned to Mare Island on 4 June 1984 for a major overhaul. CDR B. M. Shaft, USN, Commanding Officer of Guitarro (right) shake hands with the ship's sponsor Mrs. McNay Taylor (center). Capt. E. J. Scheyder, USN, Commander Mare Island Naval Shipyard is to the left.
USN photo # MSA 262748-6-84, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro98kReadiness awards are shown on the sail of the Guitarro (SSN-665) upon her return to Mare Island for a major overhaul on 4 June 1984.
USN photo # MSA 202756-6-84, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro225k Guitarro (SSN-665) at her berth at Mare Island while undergoing overhaul in October 1985. YFN-1200 is alongside.
US Navy photo # 211109, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro359k Guitarro (SSN-665) at NAS North Island on 4 October 1990 for a VIP visit. General Mikhail Moiseyev, First Deputy Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff for the Soviet Union and General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, toured the forward areas of the ship that day, but did not tour the engineering spaces. Just aft of the Guitarro (SSN-665) is the Missouri BB-63.
Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Guitarro180k Gen. Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, signs a guest book in the wardroom of the Guitarro (SSN-665) in 1990. Third officer to the right behind Gen. Powell is Gen. Mikhail Molseyev, Soviet First Deputy Minister of Defense. The Commanding Officer of Guitarro, CDR John F. Teply (far right) looks on.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Gurnard124kThe submarine tender Dixon (AS-37) departs San Diego 17 September1990 with the nuclear-powered attack submarines Guitarro (SSN-665), left, and Gurnard (SSN-662). The ships will be taking part in Exercise FallEx '90.
Official US Navy photo # DN-SC-91-04869, by PH 2 Patrick W. Muscatt, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Guitarro208k Guitarro (SSN-665) in San Diego off Ballast Point.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro103k Guitarro (SSN-665) off the coast of San Francisco, date unknown.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro359k Guitarro (SSN-665) tied up at the HMC Dockyard in Esquimalt, BC. Canada on 14 August 1991. In the distance, entering the harbour is a Porte Class Gate Vessel. The ship was there for a short port visit.
Photo courtesy of John MacKay. Photo i.d. courtesy of Barry Gerrard.
Guitarro20kCommemorative post mark issued on the occasion of the Guitarro's (SSN-665) inactivation in 13 September 1991.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Guitarro227k Guitarro (SSN-665) in San Diego off Ballast Point. She is leaveing San Diego for the last time heading to Mare Island for inactivation in October 1991.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro135k RADM Mike T. Coyle, USN, Commander Mare Island Naval Shipyard address the crew and civilian employees of the shipyard during the decommissioning ceremonies of the Guitarro (SSN-665) on 29 May 1992 at Mare Island. She was in dry dock 2. CDR Robert S. Brown, USN, Commanding Officer, Guitarro and LCDR Michael P. Hutter, USN, XO are shown seated (left to right).
USN photo # 252917, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro145k The colors are lowered for the last time aboard Guitarro (SSN-665) during her decommissioning at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 29 May 1992.
USN photo # 252920, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro100k CDR Robert S. Brown, USN, Commanding Officer Guitarro (SSN-665) departs the ship after her decommissioning at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 29 May 1992.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Guitarro81kThis photo was issued by the Guitarro (SSN-665) and the Mare Island Project Team to mark the inactivation of the ship at Mare Island. She was inactivated at the yard from 1 October 1991 until 20 July 1992.
USN photo # 250837, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Lapon82kTwin Towing: September 1992 Guitarro (SSN-665) & Lapon (SSN-661) being towed from Mare Island, where they had been decommissioned and defueled, to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Washington. Guitarro next to a tug with Lapon in the background. At this point, the harbor tugs were transferring Guitarro and Lapon to ocean-going tugs. Guitarro and Lapon were decommissioned at the same time and towed to PSNS at the same time. Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Guitarro238k Guitarro (SSN-665) approaching San Francisco. Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Guitarro207k Guitarro (SSN-665) being towed out to sea after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo courtesy of John MacKay.
Reactor Compartments83kTrench 94, Hanford Site, Washington, 1994. Hull sections containing defueled reactor compartments of decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines are put in disposal trenches. Once full, the trench will be filled with dirt and buried. The compartments are expected to retain their integrity for more than 600 years. USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.
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.

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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