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USS GUDGEON (SS-567) - a Tang-class submarine

In Commission 1983 to 1983

SS-567 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1950 - Keel Date: 20 MAY 1950
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
JUN 1952 - Launch Date: 11 JUN 1952
JAN 1955 - JAN 1958 Middle Pacific
JUL 1957 - FEB 1958 Around the World
JAN 1963 - MAY 1964 West Pac
JAN 1967 - JAN 1972 West Pac
JAN 1968 - AUG 1968 West Pac
JAN 1971 - AUG 1971 West Pac
JUL 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUL 1971 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac
JUL 1972 - NOV 1972 West Pac
JAN 1974 - JAN 1976 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1974 - MAY 1975 West Pac
MAR 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAR 1978 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1983 - Commissioned: 30 SEP 1983
SEP 1983 - Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1983

SS-567 General Specifications

Class: Tang-class submarine

Complement: 83 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1560 tons

Length: 269 feet 2 inches

Beam: 27 feet 2 inches

Draft: 17 feet

Final Disposition: Leased to Turkey 1983Sold to Turkey 1987


The second Gudgeon was launched by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Portsmouth N.H 11 June 1952; sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. Bonin widow of the first Gudgeon's last commanding officer; and commissioned 21 November 1952 Comdr. Robert M. Carroll in command.

After builders' trials Gudgeon sailed for Pearl Harbor where she joined SubRon 1 SubDiv 1 18 July 1953. Local operations and training exercises continued until 11 April 1954 when Gudgeon sailed to the mainland for ASW exercises along the Washington coast. A Mare Island overhaul occupied the remainder of the year and Gudgeon returned to Pearl Harbor 9 March 1955. She sailed 21 July 1955 for the first of five WestPac tours visiting Yokosuka Formosa Hong Kong Manila and Guam before returning to Pearl Harbor 30 January 1956. Local operations out of the Hawaiian port overhaul special secret operations and a second trip to the West Coast took Gudgeon through the next 18 months.

Sailing from Pearl Harbor 8 July 1957 Gudgeon began a history-making cruise around the world making the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force's flagship the first American submarine to circumnavigate the globe. After exercises at Yokosuka Gudgeon sailed west 26 August 1957. As she made her way around the world for the next 6 months the submarine docked at Asian African and European ports before a triumphal entry into Pearl Harbor 21 February 1958 8 months and 25 000 miles since taking departure.

After extensive overhaul Gudgeon again settled into the peacetime local and special operations training exercises and ASW activities. Three WestPac cruises in 1959 1961 and 1963 took her to Japan for exercises with the 7th Fleet as well as to Subic Bay and Hong Kong for liberty. The alternate years 1960 and 1962 saw Gudgeon heading back to the mainland where she trained and exercised along the Washington and California coasts.

Gudgeon returned from the Far East to Pearl Harbor 1 August 1963 and for the next 2 years operated in Hawaiian waters. She departed Pearl Harbor 29 November and arrived San Francisco 9 December for overhaul at Mare Island. The ship was cut in half and an 18 foot section was added during a conversion which gave the submarine new and larger engines as well as much other improved modern equipment. Modernization was completed in April 1967 and Gudgeon returned to duty in the Pacific Fleet.

[Note: The above USS GUDGEON (SS-567) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GUDGEON (SS-567) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]