SS-480 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
Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 13 June 1972
USS MEDREGAL (SS-480)
Medregal (SS-480) was laid down by the Navy Yard
21 August 1944; launched 15 December 1944
sponsored by Mrs. A. H. Taylor; and commissioned 14 April 1945
Comdr. William M. Wright in command.
After shakedown in New England waters
Medregal departed New London
and steamed to participate in final operations in the Pacific against the Japanese. Emergency repairs at Portsmouth delayed her arrival in the Pacific until after
the cessation of hostilities
which occurred when she was finally Pacific-bound. She returned to the Canal Zone
thence sailed to Key West for operations with Submarine Squadron 4.
From late 1945 to mid-1957 Medregal operated out of Key West
supporting activities of the Fleet Sonar School
and taking part in antisubmarine warfare exercises. Her cruises sent her along the east coast from Florida to Virginia
into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean
and to operating areas in the western Atlantic. Periodically she deployed to Guantanamo Bay and Havana
as well us to Puerto Rico and islands off the West Indies. From March to November 1952 she underwent
conversion to a snorkel-type submarine at Charleston
On 17 June 1957 Medregal entered Charleston Naval Shipyard for conversion to a missile-guidance submarine. She completed overhaul 22 November
thence steamed to Norfolk
for operations with Submarine Squadron 6. During the next 18 months she p
articipated in intermittent missile-evaluation projects in the Caribbean off the Virgin Islands and in the Atlantic out off Puerto Rico.
Assigned to Submarine Squadron 3 on 10 July 1959 Medregal departed Norfolk 25 July and steamed to Pearl Harbor
arriving 24 August. She served in Hawaiian waters until sailing 9 January 1960 to the Far East
arriving Yokosuka the 26th. During the n
ext 5 months she conducted training and evaluation exercises with units of the ever watchful
and ranged the western Pacific from Japan to the Philippines.
Returning to Pearl Harbor 1 July
Medregal resumed type and squadron operations between Hawaii and the west coast. Between September 1961 and March 1962 she made a second deployment with the 7th Fleet. In October she steamed to the west coast for A
SW and Reserve training out of Puget Sound. She returned to Pearl Harbor in mid-December and for the next 2 years she maintained her pattern of operations between the Hawaiian Islands and the west coast.
Medregal departed Pearl Harbor for WestPac in mid-April 1965. Steaming first to Australia
she visited Brisbane
and participated in the commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea. Thence
in May she sailed to the Philippin
es for operations out of Subic Bay until returning to San Francisco the end of August.
Back in Pearl Harbor late in 1965
Medregal operated their until departure for Japan 2 July 1966. After reaching Yokosuka the 15th
she joined 7th Fleet carriers and destroyers for ASW operations in the western Pacific
and readiness and alert mane
uvers with ships of the Chinese Nationalist Navy. During the rest of the year she continued to support the might of American seapower
bolstering peacekeeping operations in the troubled Far East.
In January 1967
Medregal returned to her home port in Hawaii where she resumed her type training and squadron exercises with SubRon 1. She continued duty out of Pearl Harbor until 1 May when she was assigned to
SubRon 3 out of San Diego, Calif. On 1 May 1967
Medregal was reclassified as AGSS-480. Into 1969
Medregal serves at San Diego
providing Reserve training and performing auxiliary duties.
[Note: The above USS MEDREGAL (SS-480) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MEDREGAL (SS-480) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]