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USS GREENLET (ASR-10) - a Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship

In Commission 1943 to 1970

ASR-10 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1941 - Keel Date: 15 OCT 1941
JUL 1942 - Launch Date: 12 JUL 1942
MAY 1943 - Commissioned: 29 MAY 1943
NOV 1960 - MAY 1961 West Pac
JUN 1962 - DEC 1962 West Pac
JUN 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JUN 1962 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1963 - MAR 1963 Home comming to San Francisto
JAN 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac
MAR 1967 - APR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1969 - MAY 1970 West Pac
JUN 1970 - Decommissioned: 12 JUN 1970

ASR-10 General Specifications

Class: Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship

Complement: 102 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 2040 tons

Length: 251 feet 4 inches

Beam: 42 feet

Draft: 14 feet 10 in

Final Disposition: Transferred to Turkey 28 February 1967


Greenlet (ASR-10) was laid down by Moore Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Oakland Calif. 15 October 1941; launched 12 July 1942; sponsored by Mrs. B. P. Flood; and commissioned 29 May 1943 Comdr. F. W. Laing in command.

After shakedown Greenlet conducted patrol and escort runs out of San Diego before sailing for Pearl Harbor 24 July. Constructed as a submarine rescue ship she served at Pearl Harbor and at Midway for more than a year making escort runs and conducting refresher training for patrol bound submarines. As the progress of the war advanced steadily across the Pacific she sailed to Guam 21 December 1944 to carry invaluable submarine training closer to the patrol areas.

While at Midway and Guam Greenlet helped train some 215 submarines among them such fighting boats as Tang Tautog Barb Snook Drum and Rasher. Indirectly she contributed to the sinking of 794 enemy ships including a battleship and 6 aircraft carriers. Eleven of the submarines trained by Greenlet were lost during the war but her charges sank more than 2 797 000 tons of Japanese military and merchant shipping.

As the bloody war in the Pacific drew to a close Greenlet departed Guam for Japan 16 August 1945. She reached Sagami Wan Honshu 28 August; entered Tokyo Bay the following day and was present during the signing of Japanese surrender 2 September. After placing buoys over wrecks in the harbor and channel at Tokyo she stripped and demilitarized Japanese miniature submarines based in Yokosuka harbor. On 1 November she escorted three Japanese fleet submarines to Sasebo and converted them for American crews. Departing Sasebo 11 December she escorted former Japanese submarines I-14 I-400 and I-401 to Pearl Harbor where she arrived via Guam and Eniwetok 6 January 1946.

After returning to San Francisco early in 1946 Greenlet spent the following 5 years operating primarily out of San Diego where she trained divers and serviced submarines. From September 1946 to May 1947 and from September 1948 to March 1949 she deployed to the Western Pacific. Operating from the coast of China to the Philippines she trained and supported fleet submarines stationed in the Far East.

As result of Communist aggression in South Korea Greenlet departed San Diego for the Far East 6 July 1950. During the next 6 months she operated out of Yokosuka while providing valuable services to the fighting submarine fleet. Sailing for Pearl Harbor 6 January 1951 she served there throughout the remainder of the Korean conflict and continued to provide assistance in the training of submarine crews.

Since the Korean Armistice in 1953 Greenlet has remained at Pearl Harbor training divers and submariners participating in readiness operations and assisting in servicing and salvaging operations. On 29 May 1958 she unsuccessfully attempted to keep Sticklelback (SS-415) afloat rammed during exercises off Ohau Hawaii.

Between 1963 and 1967 Greenlet made eight deployments to the Western Pacific. Operating from Japan and Okinawa to the Philippines and Australia she rendered training and repair services to submarines trained divers and participated in mine recovery and submarine rescue and salvage exercises. During rescue training duty 6 January 1964 she sent her submarine rescue chamber to a depth of 942 feet off the coast of Japan. From the conflict in Korea to the conflict in Vietnam she helped keep the men and boats of the submarine service ready to meet the vast responsibilities in the tension filled Far East.

Into 1967 the vital task of "keeping the peace" presents a greater challenge than ever before. To meet this challenge and to preserve the peace she remains on duty with the U.S. Pacific Submarine Fleet filling a most useful and vital role for the security of the free world and for the forces of freedom in Southeast Asia.

[Note: The above USS GREENLET (ASR-10) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GREENLET (ASR-10) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]