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USS CONGER (SS-477) - a Tench-class submarine

In Commission 1945 to 1963

SS-477 Deployments - Major Events

Add a SS-477 Shellback Initiation Add a SS-477 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1944 - Keel Date: 11 JUL 1944
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME
OCT 1944 - Launch Date: 17 OCT 1944
FEB 1945 - Commissioned: 14 FEB 1945
SEP 1947 - Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1947 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1961 - AUG 1961 Mediterranean
JUL 1963 - Decommissioned: 29 JUL 1963

SS-477 General Specifications

Class: Tench-class submarine

Complement: 10 Officers and 71 Enlisted

Displacement: 1570 tons

Length: 311 feet 8 inches

Beam: 27 feet 4 inches

Draft: 17 feet 0 in

Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 9 July 1964


Conger (SS-477) was launched 17 October 1944 by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; sponsored by Mrs. W. C. Ploeser; and commissioned 14 February 1945 Lieutenant Commander H. D. Sipple in command.

Conger tested new submarine equipment at New London until she cleared 21 July 1945 for Pacific service. At sea between Balboa and Pearl Harbor upon the end of hostilities she was ordered back to the Canal Zone and on 4 September arrived at Key West to provide services to the Fleet Sonar School until 6 December. She sailed then for New London and Tompkinsville N.Y. where she lay until sailing 10 January 1946 for her assigned home port at Cristobal C.Z.

Conger operated in the Caribbean calling at Memphis Tenn. and Vicksburg Miss. in May 1947 until 23 August when she sailed for a complete circuit of the South American continent on special hydrographic work passing through the Straits of Magellan. She returned to the Canal Zone 5 October to resume her Caribbean operations and from 11 January 1948 made her base at Key West. On 3 June 1949 her home port became Norfolk Va. and she operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean assisting in the training of surface ships taking part in fleet exercises and perfecting her own readiness for action. She was again transferred in 1952 arriving at New London her new home port 12 December. From that time through 1960 she continued her east coast operations and frequently put to sea with student submariners on board.

[Note: The above USS CONGER (SS-477) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CONGER (SS-477) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]