From the “Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,”
(1969) Vol. 4, p.236.
MARIANO G. VALLEJO
Gen. Mariano G. Vallejo, born 7 July 1808 at Monterey, Calif., entered the Monterey Presidial Academy in 1823. Appointed Secretary to the Governor of California in 1825, he later served as Commander of the Presidio at San Francisco, and in 1836 was appointed Commandante General and Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, the highest military command in northern California. That appointment terminated during the Bear Flag Revolt, General Vallejo, in spite of substantial losses suffered as a result of that revolution chose to remain in his home State and support separation from Mexico and annexation by the United States. An influential member of the State’s Constitutional Convention, he was elected a member of the first State Senate (1850). He continued to devote his energies to the development of California for the remainder of his life. General Vallejo died at Sonoma, Calif., 12 January 1890.
Surfaced: 7,250 t.
Submerged: 8,250 t.
Speed: 20+ k.
Armament: 16 Polaris missiles
Class: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
The fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarine MARIANO G. VALLEJO was laid down 7 July 1964 at the Mare Island Division, San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.; launched 23 October 1965; sponsored by Miss Patricia O. V. McGettigan, great-great-granddaughter of General Vallejo; and commissioned 16 December 1966, Comdr. Douglas B. Guthe (blue crew) and Comdr. John K. Nunneley (gold crew) in command.
MARIANO G. VALLEJO, with two complete, equally trained crews, rotated at regular intervals to maximize patrol “on station” time, conducted shakedown and training exercises along the west coast, in the Caribbean, and off the coast of Florida. Transiting the Panama Canal for the second time on 21 March 1967, she headed for her assigned home port, Pearl Harbor. Arriving 10 April, she continued training exercises and sound trials, then returned briefly to Mare Island. Thence, she sailed back to Pearl Harbor, becoming, as of 1 August, an on-the-line unit of Submarine Squadron 15. Since that time, into 1969, she has conducted deterrent patrols as a unit of the Pacific Fleet.
[Decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 10 March 1995, MARIANO G. VALLEJO went through the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Recycling Program at Bremerton, Washington, from 1 October 1994 to 22 December 1995. When she emerged from the program, she no longer existed as a complete ship and was classed as scrapped.
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