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USS HALIBUT (SSGN-587) Diesel Electric submarine converted to Nuclear power, in service 1959 to 1976

 

USS Hailbut began as a diesel-electric submarine but completed with nuclear power, Halibut was the first submarine initially designed to launch guided missiles. Intended to carry the Regulus I and Regulus II nuclear cruise missiles, her main deck was high above the waterline to provide a dry "flight deck." Her missile system was completely automated, with hydraulic machinery controlled from a central control station.

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GUIDED MISSILE UNIT 10 (GMU-10) Bonham Detachment, Regulus Missiles, Barking Sands Missile Range servicing the USS HALIBUT (SSGN-587) in the Pacific Fleet 1960

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USS Spinax SSR 489

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USS SPINAX (SSR-489) Tench class in service 1946 to 1969

 

Japanese made patch - Converted in 1947 to a SSR radar picket submarine & reverted to SS-489 fleet snorkel submarine in 1959,

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USS GRENADIER (SS-525) Tench class launched in 1944 for WWII service but not commissioned until 1951 for Korean service.

 

One of the first GUPPY Submarines (Greater Underwater Propulsion Power Program) Decommissioned in 1973

The 210 on this patch is a tribute to her predecessor, USS GRENADIER (SS-210) lost in 1943

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Legacy patch for USS GRENADIER (SS-210) Lost due to enemy action in 1943 and a different version of USS GRENADIER (SS-525)

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Two more The USS Dolphin AGSS 555 and the USS Sand Lance SSN 660

 

 

 

USS DOLPHIN (AGSS-555) Specialized diesel electric deep-diving research and development submarine in service 1968 to 2007

 

Dolphin patch circa 1968

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USS DOLPHIN (AGSS-555) Specialized diesel electric deep-diving research and development submarine in service 1968 to 2007

 

Deepest dive photo signed by the CO

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USS DOLPHIN (AGSS-555) Specialized diesel electric deep-diving research and development submarine in service 1968 to 2007

 

Deepest Dive patch circa 2000

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USS SCAMP (SSN-588) Skipjack class in service 1961 to 1988, 3 campaign stars Vietnam War

 

Ace Novelty version, Vietnam Era

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USS SCAMP (SSN-588) Skipjack class in service 1961 to 1988, 3 campaign stars Vietnam War

 

Commissioning booklet

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USS SNOOK (SSN-592) Skipjack class in service 1961 to 1988

 

Cold War Commie Sub Hunter - Death From Below - Med Run 1982

 

 

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USS SEAWOLF (SSN-575) In service 1957 to 1987 - Gemsco Version

 

USS Seawolf (SSN-575), a unique submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the seawolf, the second nuclear submarine, and the only US submarine built with a liquid metal cooled (sodium) nuclear reactor known as the Submarine Intermediate Reactor (SIR) or Liquid Metal Fast Reactor (LMFR), later designated S2G. Her overall design was a variant of Nautilus, but with numerous detail changes, such as a conning tower, stepped sail, and the AN/SQS-51 active sonar mounted in the top portion of the bow instead of further below. This sonar arrangement resulted in an unusual bow shape above the water for a U.S. submarine. Her distinctive reactor was later replaced with a standard pressurized water reactor, the replacement process lasting from 12 December 1958 to 30 September 1960

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USS LAMPREY (SS-327) Balao class in service 1944 to 1946 and again briefly in 1960 for refitting.

 

This may be the refitting patch or more likely a vet/reunion patch

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USS OMAHA (SSN-692) Los Angeles class fast attack submarine in service 1978 to 1995

 

End of the Cold War Northern Pacific run 1991 - Note the CCCP on the soviet ship

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USS PICUDA (SS-382) Balao class in service 1943 to 1972. Six war patrols and six battle stars for WWII service.

 

Japanese made cut edge

 

Picuda, in wolf-pack with sister ships Spadefish and Redfish, departed Pearl Harbor for her third war patrol 23 July in waters of the Luzon Strait between Formosa and Luzon. On 25 August, Picuda spotted ten ships hugging the coast some 4,000 yards (3,700 m) off the beach of Luzon. Slipping past five escorts, and with three enemy patrol planes overhead, she sent six torpedoes streaking to sink 1943-ton cargo ship Kotoku Maru, then skillfully maneuvered for a down-the-throat shot that spelled the doom of 1270 ton pursuing Japanese destroyer Yūnagi. Picuda probed deeper in the interior of Luzon Strait on 16 September, for a bold daylight attack on an eight-ship convoy, guarded by three destroyers and air cover. She sank 5975-ton cargo ship Tokushima Maru and scored hits for unknown damage to two other freighters. Searching the southern border of her assigned patrol area, Picuda found another convoy hugging the north coast of Luzon on 21 September and sent 1948-ton freighter Awaji Maru to the bottom. Picuda made rendezvous with Barb and Queenfish, then set course in company with these two submarines to terminate her third war patrol in the lagoon of Majuro Atoll on 3 October......

.....On 29 December, Picuda put to sea for her fifth war patrol in the Formosa Straits and the East China Sea off the east coast of China from Shanghai to Kam Kit. On 7 January 1945, Picuda received a contact report from Barb and closed a convoy in the straits of Formosa to inflict severe damage with four torpedo hits on 10,045-ton tanker Munakata Maru. On the afternoon of 8 January, she again received a convoy contact report from Barb and slipped between two escorts of the starboard screen about four hours before midnight to pick out two large passenger-freighters. Three bow tubes fired at each target resulted in one hit on each. She swung and fired stern shots at a tanker, then discovered an escort dead ahead, 700 yards (640 m) range, and was forced to clear the area. The 2854-ton coastal tanker Hikoshima Maru, hit by both Picuda and Barb, was disabled and ran aground. The freighter Meiho Maru had a similar experience, and severe damage was inflicted on 6600-ton freighter Hisagawa Maru as well as 6516-ton coastal tanker Manju Maru. Picuda having flashed a contact report as she cleared the area, set course for lifeguard station in support of the Third Fleet airstrikes on Formosa. In the early morning darkness of 29 January, Picuda made out at least three large ships in the rain and commenced tracking. The rain slacked as she approached dead ahead of a troop transport, overlapped by a freighter. One hit on the transport and two hits on the freighter were observed by Picuda’s officer of the deck. The transport, almost dead in the water, commenced shrill whistle blasts and the mist dropped down to reveal the freighter enveloped in a huge cloud of steam and smoke. An enemy float plane forced Picuda to abandon the attack. The victim sunk in this attack was the 5497-ton passenger-cargo ship Clyde Maru. Picuda reached Tanapag Harbor, Saipan 5–6 February and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 15 February.

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