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1999 GRAYBACK REUNION PHOTOS

2003 GRAYBACK REUNION PHOTOS

2005 GRAYBACK REUNION PHOTOS

2009 GRAYBACK REUNION  PHOTOS

2012 GRAYBACK REUNION  PHOTOS


SEAL TEAM RECEIVE AWARDS 36 YEARS LATER

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USS GRAYBACK (SSG/LPSS/SS-574) WEBPAGE   

  

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  The Regulus missile program ended in 1964 and the USS Grayback was withdrawn from active service.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.

 


 

Reunion 2021

Reunion Update August 2021

AFTER ACTION REPORT 24-29 AUG @ TUSCANY SUITES & CASINO, LAS VEGAS

BEAUTIFUL WEATHER, 4 DAYS EXCESSIVE HEATING WARNING WITH HIGH TEMPS AVERAGING ~107. THE AIR CONDITIONING THROUGH THE TUSCANY SUITES, RESTAURANTS AND CASINO FUNCTIONED WELL.

41 SOULS ATTENDED INCLUDING NINE SHIPMATES WHO HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED A REUNION WHICH INTRODUCED A HOST OF NEW SEA STORIES. WAYNE CAMPBELL (AND STEPHANA) CAMPBELL WHO SERVED IN GRAYBACK 1962-63 WAS AMONG THE NEWBIES. ASSORTED BEVERAGES (INCLUDING AN OVERSIZED BOTTLE OF TEQUILA) , SNACKS OF ALL KINDS, DOUGHNUTS, PIZZA, FILIPINO LUNCH WERE CONSUMED IN THE HOSPITALITY SUITE.

TUESDAY - CHECK-IN, HOSPITALITY SUITE OPEN, GENERAL SOCIALIZING

WEDNESDAY - CRIBBAGE UNDERWAY, NOON PIZZA LUNCH, MORE SOCIALIZING

THURSDAY - BREAKFAST BUFFET, DISCUSSED AT SOME LENGTH WITH SHOW OF HANDS WHERE TO HAVE THE 2023 REUNION. THE TUSCANY WON BY A SHOW OF HANDS. THERE WERE SOME CHANGES IN ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES. KENT WEEKLY, JEFF DILICK, JEFFF VAHALA AND LYNN MILLER WILL COMPRISE THE REUNION COMMITTEE WITH ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS FROM EACH SELECTED REUNION SITE. KENT WEEKLY WILL LEAD A TEAM EFFORT IN MAINTAINING OUR MASTER SAILING LIST. JEFF DILLICK AND JEFF VAHALA WILL ASSIST WITH WEBSITE AND OTHER ADMIN DUTIES, LYNN MILLER WILL REMAIN THE TREASURER.

FRIDAY - GOLF AT NELLIS AFB WITH LYNN MILLER AND EDDIE LAWSON. ALL HANDS MUSTERED AT HIGH NOON FOR THE FILIPINO SEAFOOD LUNCHEON.

SATURDAY - DINNER BUFFET OPENED BY A SOLEMN, HEARTSTRING-TUGGING TWO-BELL CEREMONY, NARRATED BY JEFF DILICK WITH KENT WEEKLY SOUNDING THE BELL. A TOAST TO THE FALLEN WAS MADE SPECIAL BY GRAYBACK LABELED RED & WHITE WINES AND CUSTOM ENGRAVED KEEPSAKE WINE GLASSES COURTESY OF KENT & LORENA WEEKLY. KENT SERVED AS AUCTIONEER OF A COLLECTION OF MEMORABILIA ABLY ASSISTED BY JEFF VAHALA AMONG THE BIDDERS. ALL THE PROCEEDS WENT TO THE GRAYBACK REUNIO FUND. DOOR PRIZE DRAWING GRAND PRIZE, A LITHOGRAPH PRINT OF THE GRAYBACK, WAS WON BY ROB POWERS.

CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT WON DENISE BROGAN-KATOR FOR THE 2ND CONSECUTIVE REUNION AND DONATED THE PRIZE MONEY TO THE REUNION FUND. ROB POWERS (ANOTHER 1ST TIME ATTENDEE) WON THE 50-50 ($100 IN THE POT) AND DONATED HIS WINNINGS TO THE FUND.

A HEARTY WELL DONE TO THE REUNION COMMITTEE KENT WEEKLY, THE JEFFS DILICK & VAHALA, LYNN MILLER AND THEIR BETTER HALVES AND ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED AND PITCHED IN AS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS THE BEST SMALLEST GRAYBACK REUNION EVER. AND TO BARBARA, THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM ‘A COMPLETE REUNION’ WHO DID A SUPERB JOB ENSURING EVERYTHING WENT OFF AS PLANNED.

WE HOPE TO SEE MANY MORE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE TUSCANY SUITES & CASINO IN OCTOBER 2023.

p.s. if you have changed any of your other contact information in the past few years please send us the info at ussgrayback574@gmail.com

Thank you, Your Reunion Committee, Kent Weekly, Mike Dimmick, Lynn Miller


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