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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Photo angle of USS DOLPHIN in it's new museum status

This is a great picture showing how USS DOLPHIN is set up as a museum. Speaking for all former crewmembers, "Who would of thought we would have a chance to visit our lady USS DOLPHIN once again".

Saturday, July 04, 2009

San Diego Tribune's July 4, 2009 article on USS DOLPHIN's museum commencement

Michael Burge, a staff writer for the Union - Tribune wrote an article entitled "Sub Dolphin surfaces as museum piece". There are several indiscrepancies to this article and I will point them out. Corrections will be in ( parenthesis). Indiscrepancies in red.

"The Dolphin, which was stationed in San Diego from 1968 until its decommissioning two years ago, will officially open to the public today. The vessel was the last of the Navy's diesel-electric subs and served as its submersible laboratory for technology and scientific research

(According to the Navy history site, the USS DOLPHIN was not moored in San Diego until November, 1970. Which would mean that the DOLPHIN was stationed in San Diego 37 years ago.

“The Dolphin does a great job of tying together the relationship the Navy has with San Diego,” Wilde said, noting that San Diego was the Dolphin's home for most of its 44-year service

(The USS DOLPHIN was commissioned in 1968. That would be 39 years. I was a crew member for two tours on USS DOLPHIN that is why I made the corrections.)

Other than that, nice narrative. To read the rest of what Michael Burge wrote, please click on this link ( the link is the original publication).


Video Feeds

Found this one on KUSI one of the local stations. Enjoy! DPG

Here's another from 10 news (link)

Friday, July 03, 2009

July 3 2009 Dolphin's first day as mueseum

All four photos taken on July 3 2009. Here she is next to the Berkley on Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA

Here is the "exit" for a tour on USS DOLPHIN AGSS-555". If you really look closely you can see the rudder.

This mat is on the "Berkley" just before you go on the USS DOLPHIN which is moored off it's port side.
USS DOLPHIN sailor "David Guettler" on board "Dolphin" 7-3-09 when it was first a museum in San Diego, CA.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Countdown to Opening... Here she is!


Open on the 4th of July.
Thanks to Brad Holderman again for the pictures. If you click on the picture, you will see other pictures Brad has taken.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

So when will she be open to the public? The San Diego Maritime Museum says....

The Dolphin needs donations and workers. If you're local, contact the SDMM to see how you can volunteer. Don't forget to mention that you want to volunteer for the 555. More info on the Dolphin and when its going to be open is on this page . Pass this info on.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Dolphin at it's finest!

Dolphin crew members cannot disagree that this is one of the best photo of "Dolphin". It's majic actually. Disagree if you want. It's a free country!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memoirs of the Flooding and Fire

Here is quite the most important picture taken of me. I felt so good to be alive. I had just come off USS DOLPHIN after the May 21st 2002 incident. I am in the center of the three sailors shown below.

Can anyone name all of the sailors in this picture?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The latest Chinese conventional submarine Named "GREAT WALL 218"

Above is two pictures of Chinese submarine "GREAT WALL 218" It was on display April 22, 2009 in the Chinese city of Qingdao. The Chinese were celebrating the 60th anniversary of the "Peoples Liberation Army" "PLA". The Chinese invited senior naval officers from 29 countries for tours of this submarine.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Great video of blowing off steam on a "Los Angeles" class submarine.

I was on the "Los Angeles" class submarine "USS BATON ROUGE", so these video shots of ANOTHER "Los Angeles" class submarine really brings back memories.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

More Pictures of the Dolphin at Harbor Drive, San Diego, Ca

Here is the Dolphin coming into the San Diego Martime Museum pier. The sub on the left is the museums Russian "Foxtrot class" B-39. Evetually the Dolphin will be next to the Berkely on another pier. Here is a shot of the Dolphin's front (Bow area). This is one of the added stair's for the museum's visitors. There is two stairs added to the submarine Dolphin.

This is a picture of what originally was the only way on and off Dolphin. This is the submarine's only hatch.

Here is a picture of Dolphin's right side ( starboard)

Here is a picture of Dolphin's left side ( port side) with tug boat that brought Dolphin to it's new homeport.

Here is a picture of Dolphin's left back section. (port aft area). This picture was taken on top of the mueseums Russian diesel submarine "Foxtrot Class" B-39

These photos were taken by Brad Holderman, a volunteer at the San Diego Maritime Museum. She came in Wednesday, April 29, 2009 and was first sited around 9:38 on Harbor Drive in San Diego. This water front being part of the "San Diego Maritime Museum. If you want to see all of the pictures, click here. DPG

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Arriving at San Diego Maritime

The Dolphin arrived at the San Diego Maritime Museum around 930am (give or take a minute).
Hope to see you there on opening day (for the Dolphin)..

DPGs s.o.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

USSVI Convention - September 8-12, 2009

USSVI (Scamp base) San Diego is hosting the USSVI Convention'09. Here's the link to the convention page. It will be a joint convention - the International submariners association and the submariners association of Canada will also be there. Its going to be a BIG convention - so remember the date - September 8-12 2009.


Thursday, February 26, 2009


This is a model of AGSS-555 and it's spot on. I cannot find one photo showing "Dolphin's" port side as clearly as this. It's always taken from the Starboard side. Here you can see the ladder rungs on the portside. On the bridge shows the railing and bench for watch standers. In the rear/aft end (right side) you can see a white round "surface" radar.

On the forward (left) side of the bridge you can see "DOLPHIN's" own unique sonar equimpment. This picture was provided by

FX Models 111 Seymour Road Terryville, CT 06786

The bridge shows the following:

forward(left side) sonar components


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

USS DOLPHIN transiting under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco,CA. Date unknown.

The USS DOLPHIN is heading out to the open waters of the Pacific. It is coming from the direction of "Mare Island Naval Shipyard" in Vallejo, CA This is a really great picture of how USS DOLPHIN AGSS-555 looks while at sea. Notice the diesel smoke coming from the back.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Proposed new home for "USS DOLPHIN"

It has been proposed by San Diego Maritime Museum that the "port" side of the "Berkeley" will berth "USS DOLPHIN AGSS 555". This water front is on Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA. Nearby is the famous "Star of India". Will keep everyone up to date on the final decision of the its museum berthing spot.

Monday, February 02, 2009

A beautiful picture from the past. "Coming in the Channel!"

This is a great picture of USS DOLPHIN AGSS-555. It has to be between 1999 and 2003 due to it's topside.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Update on Dolphin

The San Diego Maritime Museum should have the Dolphin open to the public sometime (in March?).Here's the link to the information from SD Maritime. DPG