Allied Warships

Stingray (SS-186)

Submarine of the Salmon class


USS Stingray prewar

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassSalmon 
Pennant186 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down1 Oct 1936 
Launched6 Oct 1937 
Commissioned15 Mar 1938 
End service17 Oct 1945 
History

Decommissioned 17 October 1945.
Stricken 3 July 1946.
Sold in 1947 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Stingray (186)

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CommanderFromTo
1Leon Nelson Blair, USN15 Mar 19382 May 1941
2Lt. Raymond Starr Lamb, USN2 May 194129 Dec 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Raymond John Moore, USN29 Dec 19411 Jan 1943
4T/Cdr. Otis John Earle, USN1 Jan 19431 Dec 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. Sam(uel) Colby Loomis, USN1 Dec 19434 Nov 1944
6T/Cdr. Howard Fletcher Stoner, USN4 Nov 194421 Sep 1945
7Roderick Fox, USNR21 Sep 194517 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Stingray include:


11 Dec 1941
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. Raymond S. Lamb) left Manila for her first war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Lingayen Gulf. But due to mechanical problems she had to return to base.

24 Dec 1941
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Lamb) ended her first war patrol at Manila.

30 Dec 1941
After repairs USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. Raymond J. Moore) left Manila for her second war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Hainan. Later she was ordered to shift her patrol area to the Davao Gulf.

10 Jan 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Harbin Maru (5167 GRT) in the South China Sea off the south coast of Hainan Island in position 17°40'N, 109°20'E.

12 Feb 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) ended her second war patrol at Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies. But due to the dangerous situation there (Japanese air raids) she left for Fremantle, Australia shortly afterwards, arriving there on 3 March.

16 Mar 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) leaves Fremantle for her third war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea and in the Selebes Sea.

2 May 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) ended her third war patrol at Fremantle.

27 May 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) left Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Davao Gulf and then head on further north as she was ordered to end this patrol at Pearl Harbor.

28 Jun 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Saikyo Maru (1292 GRT) about 190 nautical miles north of Yap, Caroline Islands in position 12°41'N, 136°22'E.

15 Jul 1942
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Moore) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

21 Nov 1942
During here 5th war patrol USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. Otis J. Earle) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese seaplane carrier Sanyo Maru (8360 GRT, offsite link) off Shortland Island in the Solomon Islands in position 06°32'S, 156°05'E.

21 Apr 1943
During her 7th war patrol USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) lays mines in the East China Sea off Wenzhou, China.

2 May 1943
During here 7th war patrol USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Tamon Maru (8156 GRT) off Wenzhou, China in position 27°18'N, 121°38'E.

12 Jun 1943
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

31 Jul 1943
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) ended her 8th war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

23 Aug 1943
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) leaves Brisbane for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Admiralty Islands area.

10 Oct 1943
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. O.J. Earle) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

10 Mar 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. Samuel Colby Loomis, Jr) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.

30 Mar 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Ikushima Maru (3943 GRT) about 350 nautical miles north-north-west of Saipan in position 20°43'N, 143°04'E.

22 Apr 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) ended her 10th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

27 May 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) leaves Pearl Harbor for her 11th war patrol.

10 Jul 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) ended her 11th war patrol at Majuro.

25 Jul 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) leaves base for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to land 15 Filipino officers and men and six tons of supplies on the north-eastern coast of Luzon.

7 Sep 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) ended her 12th war patrol at Darwin, Australia.

10 Sep 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) leaves Darwin for her 13th war patrol. She was ordered to search for possible landing beaches at Marjoe Island.

19 Sep 1944
USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Loomis, Jr) ended her very short 13th war patrol at Darwin.

18 Dec 1944
Around 1300I/18, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) departed Mios Woendi escorting the submarine USS Stingray (T/Cdr. H.F. Stoner, USN) to position 01°15'N, 134°40'E.

They parted company around 1030I/19. HMAS Vendetta then set course to make rendezvous with the motor torpedo boat tender USS Acontius () and a group of 15 motor torpedo boats. [The report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta gives the number of motor torpedo boats as 17 but this seems to be incorrect.]

Around 1300I/19, when 37 nautical miles to the west of the intended route of USS Acontius, 14 [The report of proceedings gives the number 16, but this must be incorrect] motor torpedo boats were sighted. They reported that they had not sighted the Acontius since leaving Mios Woendi around 1600I/18.

Around 1440I/19, USS Acontius and the 15th motor torpedo boat were sighted. The other motor torpedo boats had meanwhile continued on independently and contact was not regained.

HMAS Vendetta, USS Acontius and the single motor torpedo boat arrived at Palau around 1200I/21. Five hours later the other motor torpedo boats also arrived.

The motor torpedo boats were from Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 31 and were the following; PT-453, PT-454, PT-455, PT-462, PT-463, PT-464, PT-465, PT-466, PT-467, PT-468, PT-469, PT-470, PT-471, PT-472 and PT-473. (1)

23 Dec 1944
Around 2145I/23, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) departed Mios Woendi to make rendezvous with the submarine USS Stingray (T/Cdr. H.F. Stoner, USN) in position 01°15'N, 134°40'E.

Rendezvous was effected around 1000I/24 and they arrived around 0840I/25. (1)

27 Dec 1944
Around 1300I/27, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) departed Mios Woendi escorting the submarine USS Stingray (T/Cdr. H.F. Stoner, USN) to position 01°15'N, 134°40'E.

They parted company around 0940I/28.

HMAS Vendetta returned to Mios Woendi around 2130I/28. (1)

11 Jan 1945
After two more "special missions" USS Stingray (Lt.Cdr. Howard F. Stoner) leaves base for her 16th and final war patrol. She was ordered to land parties on Nipanipa Peninsula, Celebes; Kagean Island; Pare Pare Bay, Celebes; and another at Nipanipa Peninsula, Celebes. With this mission completed she arrived at Fremantle, Australia on 23 February. Stingray was now assigned to training duties and she was sent to the U.S. east coast. she arrived at New London on 29 April 1945.

11 Jan 1945
Around 1300I/11, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) departed Mios Woendi escorting the submarine USS Stingray (T/Cdr. H.F. Stoner, USN) westwards.

HMAS Vendetta returned to Mios Woendi around 0600/13. (2)

18 Apr 1945
USS Stingray arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

20 Apr 1945
USS Stingray departed the Panama Canal Zone for New London, Connecticut.

29 Apr 1945
USS Stingray arrived at New London, Connecticut.

28 Jul 1945
USS Stingray departed New London, Connecticut for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

29 Jul 1945
USS Stingray arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from New London, Connecticut for a refit.

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. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for December 1944
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for January 1945

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