SS-481 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: Museum ship at Tampa Florida 17 July 1972
USS REQUIN (SS-481)
Requin (SS-481) was laid down on 24 August 1944 by the
Portsmouth Navy Yard
N.H.; launched on 1
January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Slade D. Cutter; and commissioned on 28 April 1945
Comdr. Slade D. Cutter in
Following shakedown off the New England coast
departed Portsmouth on 3 June 1945 en route to Hawaii. She
joined the Pacific Fleet on 13 July at Balboa and at the end
of the month reached Pearl Harbor. Two weeks after her arrival
World War II ended and Requin
by then en
route to Guam
was recalled and ordered back to the Atlantic.
She arrived at Staten Island
on 18 September; remained in that area through the year; and on 6 January 1946
sailed for Key West
where she joined Submarine Squadron 4
(SubRon 4). Later in the year she returned to Portsmouth
for conversion to a radar picket submarine.
After leaving the yard she resumed operations in the western Atlantic and in the fall of 1947 moved north for exercises
north of the Arctic Circle. Reclassified SSR 481 in January
Requin was transferred to SubRon 8 at New London in
June and in May 1949 sailed east for her first deployment with
the 6th Fleet. Arriving at Gibraltar on 14 May
in the Mediterranean until 30 June.
Soon after her return to New London
Requin was transferred to Norfolk for duty with SubRon 6. Into the spring of
she operated in the western Atlantic
ranging from Nova
Scotia to the West Indies. Overhaul occupied most of the
and with the end of the year she prepared for another
6th Fleet tour. In the Mediterranean from mid-January to
she resumed operations off the east coast and
in the Caribbean on her return. In August 1952
back in European waters. During September
she visited the
United Kingdom; then
in October the submarine transited
the Straits of Gibraltar for her regular 6th Fleet duty.
she maintained her schedule of 2d and 6th Fleet
but at the end of the year put into Philadelphia
for an extensive modernization overhaul. On 2 May 1955
sailed for her fifth Mediterranean deployment. Detached at
the end of July
she returned to Norfolk and remained on the
with cruises to the Caribbean
1957 when she resumed duty with the 6th Fleet.
Returning to Norfolk in late January 1958
reclassified SS-481 on 15 August 1959
conducted local operations
and cruised off the east coast and into the Caribbean until 7
January 1964. From then into May she operated with the
then resumed her 2d Fleet duties which continued
interrupted only twice for extended deployments.
Operation UNITAS VII in the fall of 1966 called for Requin
to cruise around the South American continent for exercises
with various South American navies; while her last 6th Fleet
deployment sent her back to the Mediterranean for duty from
4 April to 27 July 1967.
In October 1968 Requin began inactivation at Norfolk.
Decommissioned on 3 December 1968
she was sent to St.
in February 1969 and served there as a Naval
Reserve Training ship until struck from the Navy list
20 December 1971.
[Note: The above USS REQUIN (SS-481) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS REQUIN (SS-481) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]