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USS Guitarro (SSN 665)

- decommissioned -

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One of the STURGEON - class attack submarines, the USS GUITARRO was the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on May 29, 1992, the USS GUITARRO subsequently entered the Navy's Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, Wash. Recycling of the submarine was finished on October 18, 1994.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 18, 1964
Keel Laid: December 9, 1965
Launched: July 27, 1968
Commissioned: September 9, 1972
Decommissioned: May 29, 1992
Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.
Propulsion system: one S5W2 nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
Length: 292 feet (89 meters)
Beam: 31.7 feet (9.65 meters)
Draft: 29.2 feet (8.9 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 4,250 tons
Submerged: approx. 4,700 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots
Submerged: approx. 30 knots
Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon, Tomahawk, and SUBROC missiles, ability to lay mines
Crew: 12 Officers, 95 Enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS GUITARRO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS GUITARRO:

May 15, 1969Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.USS GUITARRO undergoing final fitting-out at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif., sinks in 35 feet of water next to the pier. No fissionable material is on board at the time of the accident. The report of the US Congress House Armed Services Subcommittee convened to investigate the accident charges culpable negligence on the part of shipyard workers responsible for the submarine: two civilian work crews pumped water into fore and aft sections of the submarine; neither crew knowing what the other was doing.

The sinking of the GUITARRO caused approx. $35 million damage and extensively delayed the commissioning of the submarine.
May 17, 198465 miles northwest of San Diego, Calif.A fire breaks out aboard the USS GUITARRO during a training exercise. Officials said that the fire originated in the submarine's battery well due to heat from electrical discharge on one of the cells. A sailor making rounds discovered heat, steam, and a glow emitting from the battery well when he opened a well hatch. The submarine headed for port and the crew had the fire under control but still burning when the submarine arrived.
July 1986PacificUSS GUITARRO suffers a minor mishap involving a shipboard valve while at sea. The Navy said that no serious equipment or safety problems occurred aboard the submarine.

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