SS-484 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: Transferred to Brazil 8 July 1972
USS ODAX (SS-484)
(SS-484) was laid down by Portsmouth Navy Yard 4 December
1944; launched 10 April 1945; sponsored by Mrs. John E. Fogarty; and
commissioned 11 July 1945, Comdr. F. D. Walker, Jr. in command.
After shakedown off Portsmouth, Odax got underway 19 September 1945 for
Guantanamo Bay to provide services to the Fleet Training Group. On 30 October
she sailed to Key West, Fla. for duty with the Fleet Sonar School and conducted
operational training until September 1946.
In September 1946, as part of the Bureau
of Ships post-war investigation of the high speed submarine, Odax was selected for conversion to a
Guppy and returned to Portsmouth. Completing conversion in August 1947, first
of the Guppy submarines, she sailed to Key West for extensive research
In August 1951 Odax again sailed to Portsmouth for conversion. The major aspect
was the addition of a Snorkel and redesignation as a Guppy II. She first
put her snorkel to tactical use in a large scale convoy exercise in the spring
From 1952 through 1955, Odax provided services to the
Operational Development Force and Fleet Sonar School in Key West and to the
Fleet Training Group in Guantanamo Bay. During 1956 she received new equipment
of improved design at the Charleston Naval Shipyard and departed in December,
bound for the North Atlantic, to operate with the British Fleet. Subsequent
operations in 1957 included services to the Operational Development Force,
training submariners in the latest tactics of undersea warfare.
In September 1958, Odax deployed to the Mediterranean for a tour with the 6th Fleet.
During this deployment she transited the Suez Canal to participate in a Baghdad
Pact exercise in the Arabian Sea.
After her return home, Odax changed home port transferring to
Charleston, S.C. in August 1959. She sailed from here early in 1960 to return
to the North Atlantic for Barrier Patrol.
departed Glasgow, Scotland in August 1960 for South America
to conduct exercises with naval units of various South American countries. In
December she returned to Charleston to resume local operations.
Between 1961 and 1964, Odax conducted training operations out
of Charleston with interim periods for overhaul and modernization.
In August 1964 she deployed again to
South America to participate in combined operations while circumnavigating the
continent, returning in December. From 1965 to 1967 she operated out of
In May 1967 Odax began a deployment in Northern Europe. Upon her return to
Charleston she was awarded the coveted Battle Efficiency E for Fiscal Year
1967. She resumed coastal operations in October 1967 and continues this into
[Note: The above USS ODAX (SS-484) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ODAX (SS-484), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]