SS-302 General Specifications
Class: Balao class submarine
Complement: 10 Officers and 70 Enlisted
Displacement: 1526 tons
Length: 311 feet 8 inches
Beam: 27 feet 3 inches
Draft: 16 feet 10 in
Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Sunk as a target 15 February 1973
USS SABALO (SS-302)
Sabalo (SS-302) was laid down on 5 June 1943 by Cramp Shipbuilding Co.
Pa.; launched on 4 June 1944
sponsored by Mrs. Charles M. Oman; and commissioned on 19 June 1945 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
Lt. Comdr. James G. Andrews in command.
After trials in the Delaware
Sabalo proceeded to the Submarine Base
for shakedown and training. She operated locally from New London until
June 1946 when she began preparations for inactivation. She decommissioned on 7 August at Portsmouth
and was placed in reserve
remaining there until recommissioning in June 1951 at New London.
In August 1951
Sabalo departed New London for Pearl Harbor
her new home port. Arriving in September
she conducted local operations into February 1952. From 18 February to 28 September
she underwent conversion to a "Fleet Snorkel" type at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Following this conversion
she alternated local operations with simulated war patrols while deployed to the western Pacific. The first deployment
26 December 1952 to 26 June 1953
was followed by a second
mid-November 1954 to
10 May 1955. Her third deployment
17 September-4 November 1955
was conducted off Alaska and among the eastern Aleutians.
In September 1966
Sabalo's home port was changed to San Diego
and she resumed training operations off the west coast
primarily providing services to ships undergoing ASW
and refresher training. Sabalo served in that capacity as a unit of the 1st Fleet until decommissioned on 1 July 1971. Struck from the Navy list the same day
she was sunk off San Diego in February 1973.
[Note: The above USS SABALO (SS-302) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SABALO (SS-302) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]