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USS TANG (SS-563) - a Tang-class submarine

In Commission 1951 to 1980

SS-563 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR1949-Keel Date: 18 APR 1949
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
JUN1951-Launch Date: 19 JUN 1951
OCT1951-Commissioned: 25 OCT 1951
JAN1956-AUG1958Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1958-JAN1959North Pole
APR1958-MAY1958North Pole
AUG1964-MAR1965West Pac
JAN1966-JUL1966West Pac
JAN1966-JUL1966West Pac
APR1969-OCT1969West Pac
AUG1970-FEB1971West Pac
AUG1978-AUG1978Panama Canal
FEB1980-Decommissioned: 8 FEB 1980

SS-563 General Specifications

Class: Tang-class submarine

Complement: 87 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1616 tons

Length: 269 feet

Beam: 27 feet

Draft: 17 feet

Final Disposition: Leased to Turkey 8 February 1980Sold to Turkey 1987


The second Tang (SS-663) was laid down by the Portsmouth ( N.H. ) Naval Shipyard on 18 April 1949; launched on 19 June 1951; sponsored bY Mrs. Richard H. O'Kane; and commissioned on 25 October 1961 Comdr. E. P. Huey in command.

Following trials and training along the east coast the fast attack submarine was assigned to Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 1 Submarine Force Pacific Fleet. From her base at Pearl Harbor Tang operated in the Hawaiian Islands providing services to surface and air antisubmarine warfare (ASW) forces. She also conducted type training. In October 1953 Tang commenced her first overhaul which she completed in July of 1964.

Upon emerging from the yard the submarine began training for her first western Pacific deployment. That cruise began in September and ended at Pearl Harbor in March 1956. She then operated in the Hawaiian area until June when she headed back to sea f or a training cruise in Alaskan waters. Tang returned to Pearl Harbor in August and soon thereafter began her second overhaul.

On 20 July 1966 Tang put to sea on her second deployment to the western Pacific. That deployment set the pattern for seven more between then and 1972. The submarine came under the command of the Commander 7th Fleet and provided training servi ces to units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force the Nationalist Chinese Navy SEATO naval forces and the United States Navy. When not cruising Far Eastern waters she operated among the Hawaiian Islands and underwent overhauls at the Pearl Harb or Naval Shipyard.

On five occasions during that decade-and-one-half she cruised to the northwestern coast of North America. In March of 1959 during a cold weather training cruise Tang tested a newly developed snorkel de-icer system. In addition the submarine provided services to the Naval Torpedo Testing Station at Keyport Wash. and to Canadian naval forces at Esquimalt British Columbia. She returned to the Pacific Northwest in late February 1961 following her fourth overhaul at Pearl Harbor for shakedo wn training and participation in a 1st Fleet Exercise SLAMEX. Two years later she made her third voyage to the northwestern coast of the United States; this time to join in 1st Fleet ASW exercises. In May and June of 1964 Tang made a postoverhau l shakedown cruise to the west coast. Four years and two deployments later Tang made her fifth and last voyage to the west coast while still homeported at Pearl Harbor. Two months later she resumed local operations in the Hawaiian Islands before embarking upon her eighth deployment to the western Pacific in mid-January 1969. Her ninth deployment came after a period of repairs and intense training around Hawaii and lasted from August 1970 until February 1972. Upon her return to Pearl Harbor she r esumed local operations until August when she again entered the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for extensive repairs and refurbishments.

In May 1972 she left the yard and began preparation for changing home port to San Diego Calif. Following 10 days at sea and two at San Francisco Tang arrived at the Naval Submarine Facility at San Diego. There she joined Submarine Division 32 of SubRon 3. The ensuing year brought ASW operations with destroyers and air units followed by a two-month restricted availability at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and a return to normal operations. On 2 April 1973 the fast attack submarine put to sea for the 10th western Pacific deployment of her career. During it she again participated in surface and air ASW exercises with units of the 7th Fleet and of various Allied navies. After visiting Yokosuka Sasebo Chinhae Kaohsinng and Pusan Tang re turned to San Diego on 12 October 1973. She resumed local operations after a 30-day standdown period then made preparations for a deployment to South American waters for Exercise UNITAS XV. On 2 October 1974 she headed south to conduct training exercise s with surface units and submarines of the United States Chilean and Peruvian navies. At the completion of UNITAS XV Tang visited Acapulco Mexico before returning to San Diego on 16 December for Christmas standdown. Throughout 1975 she continued to conduct normal operations out of San Diego.

On 11 January 1976 Tang commenced overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard where she remained until completion on 20 January 1977. With the exception of a brief MIDPAC deployment in March Tang operated out of her home port of San Diego for t he remainder of 1977 and the first half of 1978. On 1 August Tang's home port was changed to Groton Connecticut in anticipation of her forthcoming inter-fleet transfer.

Tang departed San Diego on 23 August and following a transit of the Panama Canal arrived at Groton on 30 September. For the remainder of 1978 she engaged in her new primary mission-training Iranian Navy personnel-as well as providing service to units of the Atlantic Fleet

Tang earned four battle stars for service in Vietnamese waters.

[Note: The above USS TANG (SS-563) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS TANG (SS-563) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]