Allied Warships

Searaven (SS-196)

Submarine of the Sargo class


USS Searaven as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassSargo 
Pennant196 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down9 Aug 1938 
Launched21 Jun 1939 
Commissioned2 Oct 1939 
End service11 Dec 1946 
History

Decommissioned 11 December 1946.
Stricken 21 October 1948.
Sunk as a target on 11 September 1948.

 

Commands listed for USS Searaven (196)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Thomas Gordon Reamy, USN2 Oct 1939mid 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Theodore Charles Aylward, USNmid 194128 Mar 1942
3Lt. Hiram Cassedy, USN28 Mar 19429 Oct 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Melvin Hultquist Dry, USN9 Oct 194320 Oct 1944
5Raymond Berthrong, USN20 Oct 19446 Jan 1945
6Lt.Cdr. Theodore Montayne Ustick, USN6 Jan 19455 May 1945
7Roy Clinton Smallwood, Jr., USN5 May 1945

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Notable events involving Searaven include:


2 Apr 1942
After two unsuccessful patrols USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) left Fremantle, Australia for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of Timor, Netherlands East Indies.

18 Apr 1942
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) evacuates 32 Royal Australian Air Force men from Timor.

23 Apr 1942
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) had a fire in her engine room. She had to abort her patrol.

25 Apr 1942
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

11 Oct 1942
After an unsuccessful 4th war patrol USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) torpedoed and damaged the German blockade runner Regensburg (8068 GRT) in Sunda Strait, Netherlands East Indies during her 5th war patrol.

17 Nov 1942
Still on her 5th war patrol USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) sank the Japanese transport ship Nissei Maru (333 GRT) in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island in position 10°24'S, 105°41'E.

24 Nov 1942
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) ended her 5h war patrol at Fremantle.

18 Dec 1942
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Banda Sea, Ceram Sea, and off Palau.

9 Jan 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Yubae Maru (3217 GRT) off Palau in position 07°38'N, 134°12'E.

14 Jan 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Ganjitsu Maru No.1 (216 GRT) and the Japanese transport ship Shiraha Maru (5682 GRT) north-west off Palau in position 09°12'N, 130°38'E.

10 Feb 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Islands Navy Yard for an overhaul.

6 Jun 1943
Her overhaul completed, USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.

29 Jul 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

23 Aug 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) departed from Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off the north-eastern coast of Honshu.

6 Oct 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. H. Cassedy) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

25 Nov 1943
While on her 9th war patrol USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Toa Maru (10050 GRT, offsite link) north of Ponape in position 08°22'N, 158°00'E.

6 Dec 1943
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

17 Jan 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Marshall and Mariana Islands area.

3 Mar 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) ended her 10th war patrol at Midway.

26 Mar 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) departed from Midway for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

17 Apr 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Noshiro Maru No.2 (216 GRT) about 120 nautical miles south of Haha Jima, Bonin Islands in position 26°01'N, 142°14'E.

9 May 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She now underwent a refit.

21 Sep 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Rizan Maru (4850 GRT) off Etorofu, Kuril Islands in position 49°13'N, 145°30'E.

25 Sep 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) attacked Japanese small craft off the southwest tip of Etorofu, Kuril Islands in position 44°40'N, 146°50'E. In all she sank two trawlers and 8 sampans with gunfire.

27 Sep 1944
USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Dry) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese destroyer Momi (offsite link) off Etorofu, Kuril Islands in position 45°44'N, 148°41'E.

7 Jul 1945
USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Coolbaugh (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Zimmerman, USNR), USS Jallao (Cdr. J.B. Icenhower, USN) and USS Searaven (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Smallwood, Jr., USN).

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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