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USS CORPORAL (SS-346) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1945 to 1973

SS-346 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1944 - Keel Date: 27 APR 1944
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
JUN 1945 - Launch Date: 10 JUN 1945
NOV 1945 - Commissioned: 9 NOV 1945
JAN 1951 - JAN 1970 Mediterranean
JAN 1954 - DEC 1954 Alaska
NOV 1960 - MAR 1961 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN 1966 - MAR 1966 Special Operations North Atlantic
MAY 1966 - JUL 1966 Special Operations North Atlantic
NOV 1973 - Decommissioned: 28 NOV 1973

SS-346 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


Corporal (SS-346) was launched 10 June 1945 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. H. C. Wick; commissioned 9 November 1945 Commander E. E. Shelby in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

Corporal cleared New London 8 January 1946 for her base at Key West arriving 25 February. She took part in antisubmarine warfare projects and fleet exercises off Florida and Bermuda and in the Caribbean until returning to Groton Conn. 26 February 1947. After extensive modernization she returned to Key West 2 March 1948. She continued to conduct training and join in exercises off Florida and in the Caribbean until her first tour of duty in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet from 16 July 1952 to 15 October. Returning to local operations off Key West she also participated in large-scale fleet exercises in the Atlantic and Caribbean. She cruised to the British Isles from 11 March to 16 May 1957 and upon her return to Key West continued training and services to the Fleet Sonar School. Through 1958 and 1959 she operated frequently in ordnance tests and from August 1959 when Charleston S.C. became her home port cruised widely along the east coast. In December 1960 Corporal sailed to visit Germany and then join the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.

[Note: The above USS CORPORAL (SS-346) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CORPORAL (SS-346) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]