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USS COBBLER (SS-344) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1945 to 1973

SS-344 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1944 - Keel Date: 3 APR 1944
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
APR 1945 - Launch Date: 1 APR 1945
AUG 1945 - Commissioned: 8 AUG 1945
JAN 1958 - APR 1958 Mediterranean
JAN 1960 - JAN 1963 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1961 - DEC 1961 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1962 - OCT 1962 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1963 - APR 1963 Mediterranean
SEP 1967 - NOV 1967 Regular Overhaul
FEB 1971 - AUG 1971 Mediterranean
NOV 1973 - Decommissioned: 28 NOV 1973

SS-344 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 Turkey 21 November 1973


Cobbler (SS-344) was launched 1 April 1945 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. J. B. Rutter; commissioned 8 August 1945 Commander J. B. Grady in command.

Cobbler arrived at Key West 11 January 1946 for operations locally and in the Caribbean for exercises and training until 27 November 1948. She then sailed for Groton arriving 1 December to be modernized. Conversion completed 17 August 1949 she departed Groton 24 August for Norfolk her home port from the time of her arrival 27 August. She conducted operations in Florida and Caribbean waters and along the east coast visiting Quebec 10 to 14 September 1953 and returning to Norfolk 19 September. On 27 March 1954 she cleared Norfolk for 3 weeks of operations under the control of the Operational Development Force cruising with units of the Canadian navy and air force from Bermuda to Nova Scotia.

Her operations in the Caribbean and off the east coast continued until 6 January 1958 when she departed Norfolk for a tour of duty in the Mediterranean returning 18 April. She resumed operations off the east coast cruising to Bermuda in June 1958 and to Quebec with midshipmen embarked in July 1959. From 9 September 1959 through 1960 she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet's Antisubmarine Development Force.

[Note: The above USS COBBLER (SS-344) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS COBBLER (SS-344) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]