Allied Warships

Saury (SS-189)

Submarine of the Sargo class


USS Saury as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassSargo 
Pennant189 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down28 Jun 1937 
Launched20 Aug 1938 
Commissioned3 Apr 1939 
End service22 Jun 1946 
History

Decommissioned 22 June 1946.
Stricken 19 July 1946.
Sold in May 1947 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Saury (189)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. George Warren Patterson, Jr., USN3 Apr 1939Jul 1941
2Lt.Cdr. John Lockwood Burnside, Jr., USN10 Jul 1941Jun 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Leonard Sparks Mewhinney, USNJun 194217 Apr 1943
4T/Cdr. Anthony Henry Dropp, USN17 Apr 194326 Aug 1944
5John Culver Nichols, USN26 Aug 194430 Aug 1944
6Lt.Cdr. Richard Albert Waugh, USN2 Sep 1944Oct 1945
7Allen R. Bergner, USNOct 1945

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Notable events involving Saury include:


8 Dec 1941
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. John Lockwood Burnside, Jr.) left Manila for her 1st war patrol, and was initially ordered to patrol off the San-Bernardino-Strait.

30 Jan 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Burnside, Jr) ended her 1st war patrol at Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies.

9 Feb 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Burnside, Jr) departed Surabaya for her 2nd war patrol.

17 Mar 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Burnside, Jr) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

28 Apr 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Burnside, Jr) left Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. But due to a mechanical failure she had to return. After repairs she departed on 7 May 1942 to resume her 3rd war patrol.

26 May 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Kagi Maru (2346 GRT) about 10 nautical miles north of Amami Oshima Nansei Shoto in position 28°49'N, 129°40'E.

28 Jun 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Burnside, Jr) ended her 3th war patrol at Fremantle.

24 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN) departed Albany as escort for the US submarine tender USS Holland (Cdr. P.E. Pendelton, USN) and the US submarines USS Seal (Lt.Cdr. K.C. Hurd, USN) and USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney, USN). (1)

25 Jul 1942
HrMs Tromp (Cdr. J.B. de Meester, RNN), USS Holland (Cdr. P.E. Pendelton, USN) and the US submarines USS Seal (Lt.Cdr. K.C. Hurd, USN) and USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney, USN) arrived at Fremantle.

31 Jul 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. Leonard Sparks Mewhinney) left Fremantle for her 4th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the Philippines area.

24 Aug 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Otowasan Maru (9024 GRT) west of Luzon in position 14°15'N, 120°19'E.

11 Sep 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney) torpedoed and sank the Japanese aircraft transport Kanto Maru (8606 GRT, offsite link) about 30 nautical miles off the west coast of the Celebes, in central Makassar Strait, Netherlands East Indies in position 03°15'S, 118°27'E.

23 Sep 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

31 Oct 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney) left Brisbane, Australia for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off New Britain.

21 Dec 1942
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. L.S. Mewhinney) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

7 May 1943
With her refit completed, USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. Anthony Henry Dropp) left Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol East China Sea off the northern Ryukyu Islands and off Kyushu.

28 May 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Akatsuki Maru (10216 GRT) about 90 nautical miles north-west of Okinawa in position 27°32'N, 126°08'E.

30 May 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Hakozaki Maru (3948 GRT) and torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Takamisan Maru (1992 GRT) about 150 nautical miles east-south-east of Shanghai, China in position 30°07'N, 124°32'E.

13 Jun 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) ended her very successful 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

13 Jul 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Okinawa.

31 Jul 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) is rammed and damaged by a Japanese escort in the Philippine Sea in position 27°03'N, 135°27'E. Saury had to terminate her patrol.

12 Aug 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

4 Oct 1943
After repairs and overhaul USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol.

26 Nov 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

21 Dec 1943
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 9th war patrol.

21 Feb 1944
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

29 Jun 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off San Bernardino Strait in the Philippines.

23 Aug 1944
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dropp) ended her 10th war patrol at Majuro.

20 Sep 1944
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. Richard Albert Waugh) leaves base for her 11th and final war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu islands.

18 Nov 1944
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Waugh) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant Asahi Maru No.11 (approx. 100 tons, heavily damaged) off the Bonin Islands in position 30°50'N, 141°56'E.

29 Nov 1944
USS Saury (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Waugh) ended her 11th and final war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now assigned to training duties.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6850 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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