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Histories for USS Clamagore - SS 343

Clamagore History
SHIP'S HISTORY U.S.S. CLAMAGORE (SS-343) REVISED 2-99 "Balao Class" Clamagore (SS-343) Builder: Electric Boat Company Laid Down: 16 March 1944 Launched: 25 February 1945 Commissioned: 28 June 1945 Displacement, tons 1975 standard; 2450 submerged Length, feet (meters) 326.5 (99.4) oa Beam, feet (meters) 27 (8.2) Draft, feet (meters) 17 (5.2) Torpedo Tubes 10-21 inch (533mm) 6-fwd. 4-aft Main Engines 4 Diesels; (General Motors) 6400 BHP Electric Motors (General Electric) 5400 SHP Two Shafts Speed, knots approx. 20 surface 15 submerged Complement approx. 85. Electronics: The Clamagore was fitted with the BQ-2 sonar and BQ-4 fire control sonar. Engineering: The Clamagore was fitted with four increased capacity 126-cell electric batteries; also snorkel to permit operation of diesel engines to charge batteries and for propulsion while at periscope depth. Conversion: The Guppy III concept evolved after WWII as a method to improve the underwater performance of existing U.S. submarines. The concept was based on the German Type XXI characteristics included a streamlined hull and superstructure, snorkel, and increased battery power. The U.S. Navy's GUPPY conversions had similar features, with resulting increases in underwater speed and endurance. The Clamagore was one of the last two 52 submarines of WWII construction modernized under the GUPPY program. The keel of the submarine U.S.S. CLAMAGORE (SS-343) was laid on 16 March 1944 at Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 25 February 1945 and was christened by Miss Mary Jane Jacobs, daughter of Admiral Randall Jacobs, who at that time was Chief of Naval Personnel. CLAMAGORE is named after a medium-sized tropical fish known more widely by its common name, "Blue Parrot Fish." Commissioning ceremonies took place at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, on 28 June 1945. Commander Sam Colby Loomis, Jr., USN assumed command at that time. World War II came to end while CLAMAGORE was on the way to Pearl Harbor to participate in the war. She then transited the Panama Canal and operated in the Pacific for a couple of weeks. Then she went to Key West. In January, 1946, CLAMAGORE became Flagship of Submarine Squadron FOUR based in Key West, Florida. CLAMAGORE carried the Squadron Flag until 1 August 1959. The U.S. Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the site of CLAMAGORE's conversion to high speed GUPPY II (Greater Underwater Propulsion Power) submarine in the spring and summer of 1948. During this conversion, she received the snorkel installation. During 1949 Fleet Tactical Exercise, CLAMAGORE was accorded the honor of being selected Flagship for Vice Admiral Duncan, USN, Commander Task Fleet, and Rear Admiral Fife, USN, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. During 1955 CLAMAGORE made two trips to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, rendering services to the Fleet Training Group for the periods 25 March to 25 April and 22 August to 16 September. Other ports visited during 1955 were Havana, Fort Lauderdale, and Pensacola, Florida. In November CLAMAGORE entered Charleston Naval Shipyard for installation of a new battery. Upon leaving the shipyard in February, 1956, CLAMAGORE returned to Key West for operations. She visited Tampa, Mayport, and Miami, and Havana and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; prior to entering the Charleston Naval Shipyard in September, 1956, for a regular scheduled overhaul. The overhaul was completed in February, 1957, and CLAMAGORE went to New London Connecticut and Newport, Rhode Island prior to returning to Key West. A trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba preceded an extended cruise to Portsmouth, England, which was followed by liberty in Argentina, Newfoundland, on the return to Key West in December. In February, 1958, CLAMAGORE participated in ASWEX 1-58. From June to August, CLAMAGORE was in Charleston Naval Shipyard for a battery renewal. During the local operations from Key West, CLAMAGORE visited Savannah, Mobile, Alabama; and Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Local operations from Key West and a trip to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were made from January to April, 1959. In April, CLAMAGORE participated in Exercise LANTBEX 1-59 and returned to Key West in June. The arrival of CLAMAGORE at Charleston Naval Shipyard for an overhaul on 29 June coincided with the change in home port of Submarine Squadron FOUR to Charleston. Overhaul was completed in December. From April to July, 1960 CLAMAGORE served with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. During January and February, 1961, CLAMAGORE participated in operation Springboard in the Caribbean. From August to December, 1961, CLAMAGORE participated in Operation UNITAS II which was a-joint antisubmarine warfare training exercise with eight South American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Equador, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay. During this cruise under the command of CDR. H.L. Matthews Clamagore steamed around the southern tip of the South American Continent. CLAMAGORE entered Charleston Naval Shipyard in May, 1962, for conversion to a GUPPY III type submarine. During this conversion, the ship was cut in half and a 15 foot, 55 ton section was added. The latest and most sophisticated electronics and fire control system were also installed. On 2 July 1962 the new hull section was christened by Miss Ann Beshany, 16 year old daughter of Captain P. A. Beshany, then Commander Submarine Squadron FOUR. The conversion to a GUPPY III was completed in February, 1963. On 1 June 1963 CLAMAGORE changed homeports to New London, Connecticut at which time she was transferred from Submarine Squadron FOUR to Submarine Squadron TWO. During January and February of the following year, CLAMAGORE participated in Springboard, 1964, visiting San Juan in Puerto Rico and Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands. In late May she entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for battery renewal. Leaving the shipyard in July, CLAMAGORE visited Portsmouth, England in September, 1964. After an extended cruise, CLAMAGORE returned to New London in November, 1964. In early April, 1965, CLAMAGORE departed New London for a joint NATO operation south of Iceland with British, Dutch, American, and French submarines and aircraft. Upon completion of the very successful exercise, CLAMAGORE visited Londonderry in Northern Ireland in late May, 1965, for a wash-up conference. Following her return to New London in June; CLAMAGORE entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 23 July 1965. During this overhaul, CLAMAGORE received an extensive repair of its hydraulic system, the installation of the STEINKE Escape System, the modernization of its fire control system, and the overhaul of its main propulsion motors and generators. These and other repairs cost approximately $I,650,000. This shipyard overhaul was completed on 19 January 1966.In her commissioned service CLAMAGORE has won 7 Battle Efficiency "E"s. In 1949 while commanded by Commander Small, in 1951 while Commanded by Commander Denegre, and in 1955 and 1956 while commanded by Commander Beuscher, CLAMAGORE attained the highest standards of Battle Efficiency in Submarine Squadron FOUR and was awarded the Squadron "E". In 1962, while under the command of Lieutenant Commander Matthews, the Battle Efficiency competition was judged on a Division basis, and CLAMAGORE was awarded-the Division 42 "E". Again in 1963, while still commanded by Commander Matthews, CLAMAGORE was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award of Division 42 for the second year in a row. In 1964, while commanded by Lieutenant Commander Neander, CLAMAGORE received Submarine Division Twenty-One's award for Fire Control Excellence. In 1965, under the command of Commander Neander, CLAMAGORE received her seventh Submarine Battle Efficiency "E". In 1965, CLAMAGORE was nominated by the Commander Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, for the annual NEY AWARD. In the previous year, CLAMAGORE had been nominated by Commander Submarine Squadron TWO for this Award. In early 1966 the CLAMAGORE was devoted to Springboard deployments and various other operational tasks. In March of 1967 CLAMAGORE entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for main battery renewal. Upon leaving the shipyard she rejoined the fleet for a Mediterranean deployment. She returned to New London in late 1967 and in March 1968 left for extensive operations in the North Atlantic. Her efforts resulted in her eight Battle "E". After the 1968 overhaul in Philadelphia CLAMAGORE was engaged in type training, SSBN training cruises and local operations. In August, she headed south toward Bermuda where she participated in SUBASWEX 4-69. After more local operations out of New London, she returned to the Virgin Islands for a Weapons System Acceptance Trial. 1970 began with another Springboard deployment followed by a battery renewal. Another Mediterranean deployment followed the shipyard period where she operated extensively with aircraft, surface craft, and submersibles from various allied navies. CLAMAGORE then operated up and down the coast from Halifax, Nova Scotia to the Virgin Islands during much of 1971. September of 1971 found her engaged in operations in the Norwegian Sea. She spent the remainder of the 1971 in New London in upkeep and preparation for her scheduled overhaul. The 1972 overhaul was accomplished in Philadelphia. This major effort was completed in June, one month short of schedule. The remainder of 1972 was devoted to a two-month deployment to the Caribbean encompassing refresher training, type training and a highly successful Weapons System Acceptance Trial. November 1972 saw the satisfactory completion of Successful Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection. In 1973, a month of local operations preceded a restricted availability at Portsmouth for main battery renewal and a main engine replacement. During the availability, preparations were begun for the upcoming UNITAS XIV deployment. USS CLAMAGORE (SS 343), under the command of CDR Peter B. BOYNE, USN, began 1973 moored, at the Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut After completing a holiday routine and upkeep period, CLAMAGORE spent the remainder of the month conducting weekly operations, providing escort services to the nuclear submarines USS GEORGE W. CARVER (SSBN656), USS HAMMERHEAD (SSN663), and USS HENRY L. STIMSON (SSBN65). CLAMAGORE entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire in early February for a restricted availability. Major work scheduled included replacement of the Main Storage Battery and Number 2 Main Engine. The availability, originally scheduled for twelve weeks, extended until 24 June. Sea trials were successful and CLAMAGORE transited to New London on 28 June. On 30 June LCDR Bruce J. SCHICK, USN relieved as Commanding Officer in ceremonies conducted at the Submarine Base. CLAMAGORE then began preparations for overseas movement which included-one week of type training in the local operating areas, one week in dry-dock for propeller replacement and hull inspection, and two weeks of loadout. CLAMAGORE left homeport on 26 July to transit to San Juan, Puerto Rico where she joined Task Force Eight Six under the command of RADM Robert B. Monroe, Commander South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet for the UNITAS XIV cruise. The cruise began 5 August when TF 86 left San Juan and transited to Cartagena, Colombia. For the next four months, CLAMAGORE, in company with TF 86, operated with the navies of Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. During these operations, extensive training was conducted in the areas of anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, navigation, seamanship, and gunnery. Special services provided by CLAMAGORE included submerged lock in/ lock out training for Colombian and Peruvian underwater demolition teams. During the UNITAS XIV deployment, CLAMAGORE transited the Panama Canal twice, crossed the Equator four times, and made port calls in Cartagena, Colombia; Callao (Lima), Peru; Rodman, Canal Zone; Bridgetown, Barbados; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Recife, Salvador, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Returning to New London on 15 December, CLAMAGORE finished the year with a post-deployment stand-down and holiday routine period. CLAMAGORE spent 303 days away from homeport in 1973. CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW JANUARY 1-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London,Groton, Connecticut. 9-operated independently in NARRABAY OPAREAS. 12-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 15-Conducted Type Training in NARRABAY OPAREAS
19-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 23-Escorted USS GEORGE W. CARVER (SSBN656) and USS HAMMERHEAD (SSN663) during trials in NARRABAY OPAREAS. 26-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 29-Escorted USS HENRY L. STIMSON (SSBN655) during trials in NARRABAY OPAREA. FEBRUARY 1-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 5-Transited to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 6-FEB-Moored alongside at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for a 24 JUN restricted availability. JUNE 25-Sea Trials. 27-Moored alongside at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 28-Transited to New London, Connecticut. 29-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 30-Change of Command Ceremony. JULY 1-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 9-Conducted type training in NARRABAY OPAREAS
14-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 18-Docked in ARD-7 24-Undocked from ARD-7 25-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 26-Transited to San Juan, Puerto Rico, operating enroute in accordance with CINCLANTFLT Quarterly Employment schedule. AUGUST 1-Enroute San Juan, Puerto Rico 2-Moored alongside in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 3-TF 86 activated. Reported to CTF 86 for tactical control during UNITAS XIV. 5-Transited to Cartagena, Colombia. 9-Moored alongside USS TATTNALL (DDG-19) in Cartagena, Colombia. 10-Conducted underway Lock-in/Lock-out training for Colombian UDT 11-Moored alongside USS TATTNAL (DDG-19) in Cartagena, Colombia 13-Transited to Rodman, Canal Zone conducting operations with U.S. and Colombian naval units enroute. 17-Commenced transit of Panama Canal. 18-Completed transit of Panama Canal and moored alongside USS TATTNALL (DDG-19) in Rodman, Canal Zone. 21-Transited to Paita, Peru, conducting operations with U.S. and Colombian units enroute. 24-Crossed the Equator at Longitude 0820-31.7W and held appropriate initiation ceremonies for Pollywogs. 27-Anchored in Paita, Peru. 28-Transited to Callao, Peru conducting operations with units of the U.S. and Peruvian Navies enroute. 31-Moored alongside at Peruvian Submarine Base, Callao, Peru. SEPTEMBER 1-Underway to conduct training for Peruvian UDT and returned to Callao, Peru. 3-Underway to conduct training for Peruvian UDT and returne to Callao, Peru. 5-Underway conducting ASW-training with units of the U.S. and Peruvian Navies. 10-Anchored in ILO, Peru. 11-Underway to transit to Chile but was ordered back to Rodman,Panama due to civil strife in Chile. 20-Moored alongside in Rodman, Canal Zone. 22-Transited through the Panama Canal and on to Bridgetown, Barbados. 28-Moored alongside in Bridgetown, Barbados. OCTOBER 1-Moored alongside in Bridgetown, Barbados. 2-Transited to Recife, Brazil. 11-Moored alongside in Recife, Brazil. 16-Transited to Montevideo, Uruguay operating with units of the U.S., Uruguay-and Brazilian Navies enroute. NOVEMBER 1-Enroute to Montevideo, Uruguay. 2-Moored alongside in Montevideo, Uruguay. 5-Transited to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil operating with units of the U.S., Brazilian, Argentinean, and Uruguayan Navies enroute. 14-Moored alongside in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 21-Transited to Salvador, Brazil operating with units of the U.S. and Brazilian Navies enroute. 27-Moored alongside in Salvador, Brazil. DECEMBER 1-a.-Conducted ASW operations with units of the U.S. and Brazilian Navies. b.-CLAMAGORE released by CTF 86 to transit independently to New/London, Connecticut. c.-TF 86 disestablished 15-Moored alongside at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. In 1974, fresh from the extended UNITAS XIV deployment, the USS Clamagore (SS343), began a period of routine operations. On 15 February CLAMAGORE departed for operation SPRINGBOARD in the Puerto Rican opareas and a visit to Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico. From mid March to early July local operations were conducted and a voyage to Bermuda in company with USS TIGRONE (AGSS419) was accomplished, July 19/4 to September 1974 was spent primarily in Guantanamo Cuba in support of Fleet Training Group, Guantanamo and operation SAFEPASS which was conducted in the Jacksonville OPAREAS. A visit to Norfolk Va. and Port Everglades Florida was also included in this period. Upon returning from Guantanamo, Cuba, the ship finished the year conducting local operations and observing the holiday period. A total of 128 days were spent at sea in 1974. The period January 1975 to June 1975 saw a continuation of the tempo of operations that characterized 1974. On 31 January 1975, Commander T. M. KOSOFF, USN, relieved as Commanding Officer CLAMAGORE then made preparations for another deployment to Guantanamo Cuba for what was to be her last major deployment. On 5-March 1975 CLAMAGORE was underway once more for Guantanamo Cuba for operations in support of the Fleet Training Group there. 30 March to 5 April was spent engaged in operation RUM PUNCH in the Puerto Rican opareas followed by what was to be CLAMAGORE's last port visit, CLAMAGORE visited St. Thomas, VI from 5 April to 8 April and then set out for home. Returning to New London, Groton, Connecticut on 12 April 1975, the ship began its preparations for ENSURV inspection, stand down and decommissioning. USS CLAMAGORE (SS343) was decommissioned at 1400 Q, 27 June 1975 after 29 years and 364 days or service to the United States Navy. CHRONOLOGIAL REVIEW January 1.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. February 1.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 12.-Underway for sea trials in NARRABAY OPAREAS. 14.-Transited to NAD Earle, New Jersey. 15.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 18-Underway bound for Puerto Rican OPAREAS for participation in SPRINGBOARD II. March 1.-Arrived in port US Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. 3.-Underway for continued participation in SPRINGBOARD II and transit to home port. 18.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. April 1.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 29.-Underway in company with USS Tigrone (AGSS419) for Bermuda. May 5.-Arrived in Bermuda. 9.-Underway for New London, Groton, Connecticut. 12.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 20.-Conducted operations NARRABAY OPAREAS. 24.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 31.-Returned to port at New London, Groton, Connecticut. June 24.-Underway for local operations NARRABAY OPAREAS 31.-Returned to moor alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. July 15.-Underway enroute Guantnamo, Cuba conducting Operational Readiness inspection. 18.-Arrived US Naval Base, Norfolk Virginia for voyage repairs. 25.-Underway enroute Guantanamo, Cuba. 30.-Arrived US Naval Base Guantanamo Cuba for daily operations in support or Fleet Training Group Guantanamo. August 20.-Departed Guantanamo Bay OPAREAS destined for JACKSONVILLE OPAREAS for operation SAFEPASS. 25.-Departed JACKSONVILLE OPAREA. Bound for Port Everglades Florida. 28.-Moored alongside Port Everglades Florida. 29.-Underway for operations in Port Everglades OPAREAS in support or OPTEVFOUR. September. 1.-Departed Port Everglades OPAREA enroute to New London, Groton Connecticut. 4.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London" Groton, Connecticut. October 7.-Underway for local operations-in NARRABAY OPAREAS. 18.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton Connecticut. November 4.-Underway for SSOA's in support of COMDEVGRU TWO OPORDER 3-75 20.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. December 1.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut for holiday leave and up-keep period. January 1975 6.-Underway for local operations in the NARRABAY OPAREAS. 12.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. 31.-CDR B. J SCHICK, USN relieved by CDR T. M. KOSOFF, USN at US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. February 18.-Underway for operations with USS TIGRONE and independent type training in NARRABAY OPAREAS. 21.-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut. March 5.-Underway for Guantanamo, Cuba. 10.-Arrived US Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba for daily operations in support of fleet Training Group Guantanamo. 30.-Departed Guantanamo, Cuba enroute to Puerto Rican OPAREAS for exercise RUM PUNCH. April 1.-Operating in Puerto Rican OPAREAS for exercise RUM PUNCH. 5.-Moored in St Thomas, Virgin Islands. 8.-Underway enroute to New London, Groton, Connecticut. 12:-Moored alongside US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton Connecticut. Commenced stand down in preparation for decommissioning. June 27.-Ship decommissioned at 1400 Q this day. She served her country well, and she is still serving to this day. During her commissioned service Clamagore has had seventeen Commanding Officers: Commander Sam C. Loomis Jr. (June 1945-June 1946) Commander Edward F. Steffandies Jr. (June 1946-June 1947 Commander Walter L. Small (June 1947-June 1949 Commander John F. Bauer (June-1948-June 1950) Commander Thomas B. Denegre Jr. (June 1950-June 1952 Lieutenant Commander George F. Morin (June 1952-June 1954) Lieutenant Commander Joseph H. Beuscher (June 1954-June 1956 Lieutenant Commander Jack F. Heard (July 1956-September 1958 Commander Arthur K. Keevil (September 1958-August 1960 Lieutenant Commander Howard L. Matthews (August 1960-July1963) Lieutenant Commander Stanley B. Neander (July 1963-June 1965) Commander William J. Gunn (June 1965-June 1967) Lieutenant Commander Donald M. Ulmer (June 1967-March 1969) Commander William G. Hine (March 1969-February 1971) Commander Peter B. Boyne (February 1971-June 1973 Lieutenant Commander Bruce J. Schick (June 1973-1975) Commander Tracy M. Kosoff) January 1975-June 1975)

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