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USS BARBERO (SS-317) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1944 to 1950

SS-317 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1943 - Keel Date: 25 MAR 1943
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
DEC 1943 - Launch Date: 12 DEC 1943
APR 1944 - Commissioned: 29 APR 1944
FEB 1956 - FEB 1956 Recommisioning
MAY 1956 - MAY 1956 Panama Canal
AUG 1957 - AUG 1957 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG 1957 - OCT 1957 Antarctic Circle
JUL 1958 - JUL 1958 Mediterranean-Lebanon
FEB 1963 - MAY 1963 West Pac
JUN 1964 - Decommissioned: 30 JUN 1964

SS-317 General Specifications

Class: Balao class submarine

Complement: 10 Officers and 70 Enlisted

Displacement: 1526 tons

Length: 311 feet 9 inches

Beam: 27 feet 3 inches

Draft: 16 feet 10 in

Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Sunk as a target off Pearl Harbor on 7 October 1964


Barbero (SS-317) was launched 12 December 1943 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. Katherine R. Keating and commissioned 29 April 1944 Lieutenant Commander I. S. Hartman in command.

Barbero's war operations span the period from 9 August 1944 until 2 January 1945 during which time she completed two war patrols. She is officially credited with sinking three Japanese merchant ships totaling 9126 tons while patrolling in the Java and South China Seas.

On 27 December 1944 enroute to Fremantle Australia Barbero while at periscope depth received an aerial bomb close aboard aft. This near miss damaged the port reduction gear and put Barbero out of action for the remainder of the war.

In September 1945 she was ordered to Mare Island Navy Yard where she underwent pre-inactivation overhaul and was placed in commission in reserve 25 April 1946.

Following conversion to a cargo submarine (reclassified SSA-317 31 March 1948) at Mare Island Barbero was recommissioned 26 July 1948 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet. Between October 1948 and March 1950 she took part in an experimental program to evaluate her capabilities as a cargo carrier. Experimentation was discontinued in early 1950 and she went out of commission in reserve 30 June 1950.

On 1 February 1955 Barbero entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for her second conversion. Her designation was changed to SSG-317 (Guided Missile Submarine) 25 October 1955 and she was recommissioned 28 October 1955. She operated off the coast of California until April 1956 when she transited the Panama Canal and joined the Atlantic Fleet.

Barbero received two battle stars for her World War II service.

[Note: The above USS BARBERO (SS-317) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BARBERO (SS-317) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]