Allied Warships

Mingo (SS-261)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS mingo shortly after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant261 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down21 Mar 1942 
Launched30 Nov 1942 
Commissioned12 Feb 1943 
End service15 Aug 1955 
History

Decommissioned 1 January 1947.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 20 May 1955.
Decommissioned 15 August 1955.
Transferred to Japan 8 August 1957 being renamed Kuroshio (SS-501).
Kuroshio was decommissioned by Japanese Navy on 31 March 1966 and sunk as a target in 1973.

 

Commands listed for USS Mingo (261)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Ralph Clinton Lynch, Jr., USN12 Feb 19437 Jan 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Joseph Jarlathe Staley, USN7 Jan 194415 Aug 1944
3Lt.Cdr. John Robert Madison, USN15 Aug 19441 May 1945

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Notable events involving Mingo include:


5 Apr 1943
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr., USN) departed New London, Connecticut and arrived at Newport, Rhode Island for torpedo firing tests.

20 Apr 1943
Having completed her torpedo firing tests, USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr., USN), returned to New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

16 May 1943
With her trails and initial training completed USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. Ralph C. Lynch, Jr.) departed from New London bound for Pearl Harbor.

18 May 1943
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr., USN) departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

25 Jun 1943
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Palau's.

20 Aug 1943
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

29 Sep 1943
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Marshall, Caroline and Mariana Islands.

20 Nov 1943
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Lynch, Jr.) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for to solve the problems with her engines and general overhaul.

3 Feb 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Mingo departed from the US west coast bound for Pearl Harbor.

27 Feb 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. Joseph J. Staley) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

9 May 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Staley) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

10 Jun 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Staley) arrived at Manus.

18 Jun 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Staley) departed from Manus for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

7 Jul 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Staley) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Tamanami (offsite link) about 150 nautical miles west-south-west of Manila, Philippines in position 13°55'N, 118°30'E.

30 Jul 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Staley) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

27 Aug 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. John R. Madison) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Borneo.

2 Oct 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) sank 4 Japanese trawlers with gunfire in Makassar Strait in position 00°59'S, 117°22'E.

13 Oct 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

7 Nov 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

25 Nov 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Manila Maru (9486 GRT) about 90 nautical miles north-west of Miri, Sarawak in position 05°30'N, 113°24'E.

29 Dec 1944
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) ended her 6th war patrol at Fremantle.

6 Feb 1945
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) departed from Fremantle for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

14 Feb 1945
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) returns to Fremantle to repair some storm damage and to replace two men that were lost overboard.

19 Feb 1945
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) departed from Fremantle to resume her 7th war patrol.

10 Apr 1945
USS Mingo (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Madison) ended her 7th war patrol at Guam or Saipan. She is now sent to the Mare Island Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

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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