USS MARIANO G. VALLEJO was one of the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - class nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. Generally similar to the LAFAYETTE - class, the twelve BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - class submarines had a quieter machinery design, and were thus considered a separate class.
Decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on March 10, 1995, MARIANO G. VALLEJO went through the Navy’s Nuclear Powered Ship and Recycling Program at Bremerton, Washington, from October 1, 1994 to December 22, 1995. When she emerged from the program, she no longer existed as a complete ship and was classed as scrapped. However, MARIANO G. VALLEJO's sail was preserved and is now located at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 8, 1963|
|Keel laid: July 7, 1964|
|Launched: October 23, 1965|
|Commissioned: December 16, 1966|
|Decommissioned: March 9, 1995|
|Builder: Mare Island Division, San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: one S5W nuclear reactor|
|Length: 425 feet (129.6 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 31.5 feet (9.6 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 7,250 tons; Submerged: approx. 8,250 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: 16 - 20 knots;Submerged: 22 - 25 knots|
|Armament: 16 vertical tubes for Polaris or Poseidon missiles, four 21" torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Mk-14/16 torpedoes, Mk-37 torpedoes and Mk-45 nuclear torpedoes|
|Crew: 13 Officers and 130 Enlisted (two crews)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MARIANO G. VALLEJO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
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.
USS MARIANO G. VALLEJO Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show MARIANO G. VALLEJO's sail preserved at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo, Calif. The photos were taken on March 27, 2010.