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Exhibit by Steve Shay Frame 3, Page 9

A History of the Submarines Built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard

USS Kamehameha SSBN-642
Benjamin Franklin class (No reported postmarks)
Launched January 16, 1965

Upper: Commissioning cover, sponsored by USS Saginaw Chapter USCS, shipyard handstamp postmark.
Lower: Launch cover, cachet sponsored by Mare Island Naval Shipyard National Association of Supervisors, commanding officer’s autograph, shipyard handstamp postmark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioned December 10, 1965, length of 425′, displacement 7,325 tons. Operated in Pacific from Guam until 1969. Transferred to Atlantic operating out of Charleston, South Carolina and Rota, Spain through 1986. After 63 deterrent patrols, missile systems inactivated July, 1992 and converted to troop carrying submarine at Mare Island. Redesignated SSN-642, scheduled for decommissioning October, 2001, last of the Mare Island built submarines still in service.

 

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