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USS CAPITAINE (SS-336) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1945 to 1950

SS-336 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1943 - Keel Date: 2 DEC 1943
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
OCT 1944 - Launch Date: 1 OCT 1944
JAN 1945 - Commissioned: 26 JAN 1945
FEB 1957 - FEB 1957 Recommisioned
JUN 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac
NOV 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1965 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1965 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1966 - Decommissioned: 4 MAR 1966

SS-336 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: Transferred to Italy 5 March 1966


Capitaine (SS-336) was launched 1 October 1944 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Rondomanski; commissioned 26 January 1945 Lieutenant Commander E. S. Friedrick in command; and assigned to the Pacific Fleet.

Capitaine got underway from New London 7 March 1945 to arrive at Pearl Harbor 15 April. On 6 May she cleared for her first war patrol off the coast of Indochina north of Saigon. Enemy targets were disappointingly few for a new submarine for the Navy had almost completely swept the sea of Japanese shipping by this time. On 16 June she rescued from the sea five Japanese survivors of a merchant ship previously sunk by other forces. After refueling at Subic Bay Capitaine continued her patrol south of Borneo in the Java Sea. On 30 June she joined Baya (SS-318) in a concerted gun attack on five small enemy craft one of which she sank after its crew had abandoned it.

Refitted at Fremantle Australia Capitaine sailed for her second war partol arriving in her assigned area just 3 days before hostilities ended. She returned to the west coast in September 1945 but in January 1946 was bound for the Far East once more training in Philippine waters through March. A month of operations at Pearl Harbor preceded her return to San Diego from which after an overhaul she made two simulated war patrols in 1947 and 1948 and conducted local training and services. The submarine was decommissioned and placed in reserve at Mare Island Naval Shipyard 10 February 1950.

Capitaine was recommissioned 23 February 1957 and reported to the Pacific Fleet a month later. From her base at San Diego she took part in training served other fleet units as target in antisubmarine exercises and training reservists as well as voyaging to the Far East for 7th Fleet duty through 1960. On 1 July 1960 Capitaine was reclassified AG(SS)-336.

Capitaine received one battle star for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS CAPITAINE (SS-336) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CAPITAINE (SS-336) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]