- USS Carbonero (SS-337)
USS "Carbonero" (SS/AGSS-337) was a "Balao"-class
submarine, the first ship of the United States Navyto be named for the carbonero, a salt-water fish found in the West Indies. Her keel was laid down on 16 December 1943by the Electric BoatCompany of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 19 October 1944sponsored by Mrs. S.S. Murray, and commissioned on 7 February 1945with Commander Charlton L. Murphy, Jr. in command.
World War II
New London, Connecticut, on 21 March 1945, "Carbonero" served with the Fleet Sonar School at Key West, Florida, and conducted torpedo exercises at Balboa, Canal Zone, before arriving at Pearl Harboron 9 May. Her first war patrol, conducted off Formosa from 26 Mayto 8 July, was devoted to lifeguard duty, standing by for possible rescue of aviators downed in aircraft carrierstrikes. After refitting at Subic Bay, "Carbonero" cleared for the Gulf of Siamon 4 August, and cruising off the east coast of the Malay Peninsula, sank four schooners, two sampans, and two junks, some of the small remnants of the Japanese merchant fleet. This second war patrol ended with the cease fire order on 15 August, and "Carbonero" put back to Subic Bay.
1945 – 1962
"Carbonero" reported at
Seattle, Washington, on 22 September 1945for operations on the west coast. After a simulated war patrol to the Far East early in 1947, she was assigned to the Submarine Guided Missile Program, joining her sister ship USS|Cusk|SS-348|2 (SS-348) as a control vessel operating out of San Diego, California, and Port Hueneme, California. Assigned to the Regulus Missile Program, "Carbonero" was redesignated an Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-337) in 1949.
Fitted with the
Fleet Snorkelmodification package in 1951, "Carbonero" operated off Southern California, and occasionally in the Hawaiian Islands. In 1953 "Carbonero" was fitted with control equipment which enabled her to guide a missile once is passed beyond the range of the firing ship. She performed in various phases of this program including the launching of Loon missiles and the evaluation of Regulus missile guidance equipment.
13 May 1957, her home port shifted to Pearl Harbor. In July 1959, "Carbonero" became the flagship of Submarine Division 12. From that time forward "Carbonero" took part in local operations in Hawaiian waters plus deployments to the Western Pacific, trips to the South Pacific and mainland United States. She made an Arctic familiarization cruise in 1957, and in 1958 and 1959–1960, cruised to the Far East. She has assisted in the training of forces of the Republic of Koreaand of Japan, and called at ports of Japanand the Philippinesduring these deployments.
Early in 1962 the
Regulus missileguidance equipment was removed. "Carbonero" returned to the standard "Fleet Snorkel" configuration, and was redesignated an Attack Submarine (SS-337).
1962 – 1970
"Carbonero" participated in the 1962 nuclear tests in the Central Pacific off
Christmas Islandand Johnston Islandentitled Operation Dominic. She was on hand for the detonation of a warhead from a Polaris missilefired from the USS|Ethan Allen|SSBN-608|2 (SSBN-608). "Carbonero" and USS|Medregal|SS-480|2 (SS-480) were about 30 miles from the detonation.
Vietnam War"Carbonero" again performed aviator lifeguard duties during trips to the Far East.
"Carbonero" was decommissioned on
1 December 1970. On 27 April 1975, she was taken to sea for one last time and used as a test target for a Mark 48 torpedofired by USS|Pogy|SSN-647|2 (SSN-647) off Hawaii.
"Carbonero" received one
battle starfor service in World War II. One of her two war patrols was designated as "successful".
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