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USS CARP (SS-338) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1945 to 1968

SS-338 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1943 - Keel Date: 23 DEC 1943
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
NOV 1944 - Launch Date: 12 NOV 1944
FEB 1945 - Commissioned: 28 FEB 1945
MAR 1968 - Decommissioned: 18 MAR 1968

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


Carp (SS-338) was launched 12 November 1944 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. W. E. Hess; and commissioned 28 February 1945 Lieutenant Commander J. L. Hunnicutt USNR in command.

Carp departed New London 14 April 1945 conducted training at Balboa and arrived at Pearl Harbor 21 May. On her first and only war patrol (8 June-7 August) Carp 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 Division 71 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 and in 1948 and 1949 Carp made two exploratory cruises to extreme northern waters adding to the knowledge of an increasingly important strategic area for submarine operations.

Converted to a guppy-type submarine in February 1952 which added to her submerged speed and endurance Carp supported United Nations' forces in the Korean War during her cruise of 22 September 1952-April 1953 to the Far East. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 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 Va. 28 August 1959 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 "successful."

[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]