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Launch of the SSBN 658 Mariano C. Vallejo at Mare Island (above)
When the nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN
658 was decommissioned in 1995, parts of the boat were saved with the
idea that someday they would be put on public display on Mare Island.
Those parts include the boat's control room, her periscopes, and her 65-ton
& dive planes. The periscopes and control room displays are now in the
Mare Island Museum, literally across the street from where the ship was
built & launched 30 years earlier.
The sail currently stands in
a temporary secure location on the waterfront,awaating its historic journey to rest in front of the Mare Island Museum (Building 46).to serve as a memorial - a dramatic, accessible site for permanent
will take money - and the support of all those who recognize the history
of Mare Island, the important role of the nuclear submarine fleet
in the defense of the United States, and who support the recognition of all those
who built and served on the 658.
(To left - a CAD drawing of Memorial site, courtesy of O'Campo Engineering)
We need help
in the form of cash, structural engineering, landscape architecture, structural
concrete, and more. If you don't have money to spare, we can use your
labor, and if, like many of us, your tired old bones protest at the thought
of cutting poles and digging holes, we can use your support in spreading
the news of our efforts throughout the Vallejo community.
Email us for more information.