USS PICKEREL (SS-524)
The second Pickerel (SS-524) was laid down by the Boston Naval Shipyard 8
February 1944; launched without christening ceremony 15 December 1944;
sponsored by Mrs. John R. Moore; christened and commissioned at the Portsmouth
Navy Shipyard, N.H., 4 April 1949, Lt. Comdr. Paul R. Schratz in command.
After sea trials, Pickerel departed New London, Conn. 10 August, and headed for
Hawaii via East and Gulf coast ports, and the Panama Canal and arrived Pearl
Harbor 28 September where she joined SubDiv 11.
From 16 March to 5 April 1950, Pickerel completed a 5,200 mile voyage
from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor in 21 days while completely submerged, probably
the longest distance ever traveled by a submerged diesel-electric submarine.
During her first deployment in the Western Pacific in 1950, Pickerel spent 4 months in the Korean
War Zone, one of the first submarines to enter the Korean Conflict.
Returning to Pearl Harbor in the spring
of 1951, Pickerel operated in the
Hawaiian area undergoing tests of maximum capabilities, and conducting
intensive training until she returned to the Far East in July 1953.
Upon returning to Hawaii early in 1954, Pickerel resumed services for our
aircraft and surface anti-submarine forces there and, but for overhaul,
continued this important duty until returning to the Western Pacific in June
1955. She returned to Hawaii 1 December.
Pickerel alternated North Pacific with
WestPac duty through 1963 with the exception of a conversion period during 1962
for Guppy modernization.
operated out of Pearl Harbor during 1964 until 28 December,
when she departed enroute Yokosuka to begin a WestPac tour as a unit of the 7th
Fleet. In the years that followed, she continued this pattern of alternating
services in Hawaii with deployments in the Far East. In the fall of 1966 her
duties in WestPac were broadened to include operations in the Vietnam combat
zone on Yankee Station.
After a year in Hawaiian waters, Pickerel headed west once more on 16
January 1968. She visited various ports of the Orient before returning to
Yankee Station 8 May. Following service in the Combat Zone, she reached Pearl
Harbor via Japan 8 July. Her home port was changed to San Diego 1 August and
she headed for the West Coast 22 August.
Into 1970 Pickerel continues in Pacific operations providing a vital service
to the U.S. Navy.
[Note: The above USS PICKEREL (SS-524) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PICKEREL (SS-524), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]