The USS Kamehameha in the 2000's

A Photo History

As the new millennium dawned, the Kamehameha  remained attached to Squadron ONE in Pearl Harbor Hawaii and continued to perform special warfare operations in the Pacific region. The Kam crew performed one last WESTPAC in 2001 before returning to Pearl Harbor.

They say that all good things must come to an end.  An inactivation ceremony was held on August 8th, 2001 in Pearl Harbor.  After the inactivation, Kam  proceeded to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington with stops in San Diego and Alameda along the way.  At PSNSY, she began the process of being dismantled as part of the Submarine Recycling Program (SRP). 

The Kamehameha was formally decommissioned on April 2, 2002 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton Washington. 

The Kamehameha completed SRP in late 2002 and no longer exists as we once knew her. However, some parts will live on. The sail and fairwater planes have been shipped to Hawaii where they will become part of a museum exhibit along with the bust of King Kamehameha, the koa plate, bow and spear, and the monkeypod wood table from the ship's wardroom. Also, the periscopes have been donated to the Deterrent  Park on SubBase Bangor where they will be installed on the USS Woodrow Wilson exhibit. 

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Official photo of the Kamehameha in SSN form. Note the drydeck deployment shelters on the turtleback. Howard Grover sent me this photo. Pretty nice picture huh?  Official USN Photo

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The Kamehameha in Pearl Harbor- July 2000. Official USN Photo

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Scale replica of the Kam on Ford Island, where the SDV team is based.

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In the summer of 2001, The Kamehameha visited Guam for one final time. Quite fitting, since the Kam made her first patrol from Guam in 1966. Official USN Photo
bb_kam_in_guam_1.jpg (51400 bytes) This picture was donated by William Bauman and was taken in Guam in April? of 2001 during the mini, 3 month WestPac.
bb_kam_in_guam_2.jpg (64648 bytes)  Another nice Guam picture donated by William Bauman.

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On August 8th, 2001, an inactivation ceremony was held in Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Click here to see more photos from this event.
3HAW30.jpg (134137 bytes) This great photo from the inactivation ceremony was taken by Mike Hill. Senator Daniel Inouye is standing there on the brow with some former crewmembers.

See more great pictures from Mike Hill  

09P9030022_DV_group_SF.jpg (85684 bytes) Over Labor Day weekend 2001, 24 former crewmembers were invited to ride the Kam as part of a Distinguished Visitors Cruise. Click here to see more photos from our cruise.
FerrySub.jpg (126059 bytes) This is the Kam coming into Bremerton for the final time. Photo taken by Wendi Woods, a co-worker of Bill Hupe.
Kam pierside.jpg (157673 bytes) The Kam pierside at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Official USN Photo
Kam in dry dock.jpg (250777 bytes) The USS Kamehameha at her final destination, the dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Official USN Photo
kamahemaha1_600.jpg (110523 bytes) The Kam in the drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Official USN Photo
kamahemaha2_500.jpg (84040 bytes) The Kam in the drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Official USN Photo
Kam3_600.jpg (108504 bytes) The Kam in the drydock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Official USN Photo.
lastsalute.jpg (51764 bytes) After nearly 37 years of service, the Kamehameha was officially decommissioned on April 2, 2002, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, thus ending the journey of this truly great ship. A reunion was held to coincide with the decomm. Click here to see more photos from this event.


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