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A Brief History of the 
USS Grayback

Construction of the USS Grayback (SS-574) was authorized in 1953.  The keel was laid 1 July 1954 Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California and launched 2 July 1954 (Sponsored by Mrs. John J. Moore, widow of the last CO of the first Grayback) and commissioned 7 March 1958. The Grayback was initially designated as attack diesel submarine but conversion to guided missile submarine (SSG-574) capable of firing the Regulus II sea to surface missiles began in 1958.  The Grayback successfully launched it's first Regulus missile in September 1958. On 9 February 1959 Grayback departed Mare Island, CA for her permanent home base and arrived in Pearl Harbor, HI on 7 March 1959.  The Regulus missile program ended in 1964 and the USS Grayback was withdrawn from active service. A second conversion was authorized in 1967 and the conversion began at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard November 1967. The conversion was originally estimated at $15.2 million but actually was $30 million.  She was re-classified from a SSG to LPSS 30 August 1968 (never officially designated APSS). During conversion her sail was extended 10 feet, auxiliary tanks #3 and #4 were added to the forward position of the engine room, the missile chambers were converted to carry 67 embarked troops and SEAL swimmer delivery vehicles (SDV), and a diver's decompression chamber was constructed in the starboard hanger. By adding the auxiliary tanks to the engine room her length was extended 12 feet to an overall length of 334 feet.  The Grayback was decommissioned for the second time on 15 January 1984 at Subic Bay Naval Station in the Republic of the Philippines. After decommissioning, the USS Grayback was given the honor to make it's last and final dive in the South China Sea on 13 April 1986 where the USS Grayback remains today on eternal patrol.

 


 

2017 GRAYBACK REUNION PLANNING

As previously announced, our next reunion will be in Branson, Missouri. For planning purposes, the tentative dates for events will be Tuesday-Thursday, 2-4 May 2017. Mike Ballinger, assisted by his wife Arlene, will be coordinating this event and they have already done a good amount of groundwork on the various Branson venues to find the ones that meet our needs. To assist in contract negotiations, we need to have an estimate of the number of people who will be attending. Accordingly, please advise me if you definitely plan/are likely/hope to attend. Include the total number in your party. Remember everyone Ė friends, neighbors, relatives, shipmates from other boats Ė is welcome to attend. Please provide your input to me, by e-mail billacord@wavecable.com or phone (360-830-9046), not later than 15 August. With an approximate number of attendees in hand, Mike and Arlene will move forward to secure the best deal and execute a contract at which time we will advise all hands of the firm dates, host property, room costs and an outline of events. Branson is a premier tourist destination and has a large number of entertainment and attractions with something thatís sure to appeal to everyone. Iíve included some links below you can use to familiarize yourself with the offerings.

City of Branson http://www.branson.com/

Explore Branson http://www.explorebranson.com/

Trip Advisor Link https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g44160-

Branson_Missouri-Vacations.html

Branson Tourism Center http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/

William Acord billacord@wavecable.com


 



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