SS-338 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: Sold for scrap 26 July 1973
USS CARP (SS-338)
Carp (SS-338) was launched 12 November
1944 by Electric Boat Co.
Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. W. E.
Hess; and commissioned 28 February 1945
Lieutenant Commander J. L.
Carp departed New London 14 April
conducted training at Balboa
and arrived at Pearl Harbor 21
May. On her first and only war patrol (8 June-7 August)
cruised off the coast of Honshu
destroying small craft and
patrolling for the carriers of the 3d Fleet engaged in air strikes on
the mainland. Undergoing refit at Midway when hostilities ended
Carp returned to Seattle 22 September.
Based on San Diego as flagship for Submarine
Carp operated along the west coast with
occasional training cruises to Pearl Harbor. Between 13 February and
15 June 1947 she made a simulated war patrol to the Far East
1948 and 1949 Carp made two exploratory cruises to extreme
adding to the knowledge of an increasingly important
strategic area for submarine operations.
Converted to a guppy-type submarine in February
which added to her submerged speed and endurance
supported United Nations' forces in the Korean War during her cruise
of 22 September 1952-April 1953 to the Far East. Arriving at Pearl
her new home port 15 March 1954
Carp remained on
active duty with the fleet from that port through July 1959. During
this time she continued to make cruises to the Far East
one of which
included a good-will visit to Australia and participation in a
Southeast Asia Treaty Organization exercise
and to Alaskan waters.
On 1 August 1959 Carp departed Pearl Harbor for her new
assignment with the Atlantic Fleet. Arriving at Norfolk
the submarine has conducted type exercises and training
off the east coast and in the Caribbean through 1963.
Carp received one battle star for her
service in World War II. Her single war patrol was designated as
[Note: The above USS CARP (SS-338) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CARP (SS-338) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]