Allied Warships

Tinosa (SS-283)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Tinosa during the Second World War.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant283 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered29 Apr 1941 
Laid down21 Feb 1942 
Launched7 Oct 1942 
Commissioned15 Jan 1943 
End service2 Dec 1953 
History

Decommissioned 23 June 1949.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 4 January 1952.
Decommissioned 2 December 1953.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 1 September 1958.
Used as an Anti Submarine Warfare target and then scuttled off Hawaii in November 1960.

 

Commands listed for USS Tinosa (283)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Lawrence Randall Daspit, USN15 Jan 194316 Dec 1943
2T/Cdr. Donald Frederick Weiss, USN16 Dec 194313 Sep 1944
3Richard Clark Latham, USN13 Sep 194416 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Tinosa include:


16 Apr 1943
With her trials and initial training completed USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

3 May 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Kyushu, Japan.

10 Jun 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese fleet oiler Iro (14050 GRT, offsite link) about 30 nautical miles off Fuka Island, Kyushu, Japan in position 31°14'N, 132°44'E. Tinosa is damaged in by depth charges during enemy counterattacks but she is able to remain on patrol.

19 Jun 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

9 Jul 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

15 Jul 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese armed merchant cruiser Aikoku Maru (10437 GRT, built 1941, offsite link) north of Truk in position 10°16'N, 151°27'E.

24 Jul 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese oiler Tonan Maru No.3 (19210 GRT) west of Truk in position 06°56'N, 147°52'E.

Tinosa fired no fewer than 15 torpedoes, of which 10 hit but only two exploded ! 8 were duds....the ship was heavily damaged but limped into Truk. It illustrated the unreliability of the American torpedoes, and efforts were redoubled to fix the faulty exploder mechanism after the Tinosa captain filed his report on the incident. He could see the Japanese crew running around the decks pointing at the torpedoes before they hit, but a loud thud was the only result time after time.

4 Aug 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

23 Sep 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

25 Sep 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) topped up with fuel at Johnston Island.

6 Oct 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Kazahaya (18300 GRT) North-West of Truk in position 10°30'N, 148°20'E. The Kazahaya was torpedoed and damaged earlier that day by Tinosa's sister ship USS Steelhead.

16 Oct 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 3rd war patrol at Midway.

27 Oct 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) departed from Midway for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Palau / Truk shipping lanes.

22 Nov 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Kiso Maru (4070 GRT) and Yamato Maru (4379 GRT) off Palau in position 07°09'N, 134°32'E.

Tinosa is damaged by depth charges in position 07°09'N, 134°34'E but is able to continue her patrol.

26 Nov 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese sank Japanese army cargo ship Shini Maru (3811 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Taiyu Maru (1873 GRT) south of Babelthuap in position 07°08'N, 134°48'E.

3 Dec 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Azuma Maru (6646 GRT) north-west of Sonserol in position 06°34'N, 131°35'E.

16 Dec 1943
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. L.R. Daspit) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

10 Jan 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

13 Jan 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) topped up with fuel at Exmouth Gulf.

20 Jan 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) lands men and equipment in northeast Borneo.

22 Jan 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tankers Seinan Maru (5401 GRT) and Koshin Maru (5485 GRT) about 120 nautical miles north of Labuan, Borneo in position 07°22'N, 115°05'E.

15 Feb 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Odatsuki Maru (1988 GRT) east of Dinagat Island in position 09°30'N, 127°00'E.

16 Feb 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Chojo Maru (2610 GRT) about 65 nautical miles south-east Siargao Island, Philippines in position 09°15'N, 127°05'E.

4 Mar 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

29 Mar 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea south of Formosa.

2 Apr 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) topped up with fuel at Midway.

3 May 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank Japanese merchant cargo ship Toyohi Maru (6436 GRT) west of the Bashi Channel between Formosa and Luzon in position 20°51'N, 118°02'E.

4 May 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank Japanese merchant cargo ship Taibu Maru (6440 GRT) west of the Bashi Channel between Formosa and Luzon in position 20°55'N, 118°12'E.

9 May 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) sank a Japanese trawler with gunfire north of the Mariana Islands in position 22°20'N, 146°40'E.

15 May 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) ended her 6th war patrol at Majuro

7 Jun 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) departed from Majuro for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

18 Jun 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) damaged a large Japanese sampan with gunfire in the East China Sea west of Kyusyu, Japan in position 33°45'N, 128°03'E. As the Japanese vessel refuses to sink Tinosa closes the target and sets it on fire finally sinking it.

3 Jul 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant passenger/cargo ship Kamo Maru (7954 GRT) and the Japanese tanker Konzan Maru (2733 GRT) in the East China sea west of Kyushu, Japan in position 32°25'N, 128°46'E.

10 Jul 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) sank the Japanese fishing vessel Shosei Maru No.5 (19 GRT) in the East China Sea about 30 nautical miles west of Danjo Island in position 32°12'N, 127°00'E.

30 Jul 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Weiss) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

7 Aug 1944
USS Tinosa arrived at the Hunters Point Navy Yard.

23 Oct 1944
With her overhaul completed USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from the Hunters Point Navy Yard for San Diego.

18 Nov 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

4 Dec 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Ryukyu Islands.

9 Dec 1944
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) topped up with fuel at Midway.

30 Jan 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

1 Mar 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from Pearl Harbor bound for Saipan.

17 Mar 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from Saipan for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

7 Apr 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) ended her 9th war patrol at Guam.

28 Apr 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from Guam for her 10th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

16 May 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) ended her 10th war patrol at Guam.

29 May 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) departed from Guam for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

9 Jun 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Wakatama Maru (2211 GRT) off the east coast of Korea in position 37°32'N, 129°10'E.

12 Jun 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Keito Maru (873 GRT) with gunfire off Bokuko Ko, Korea in position 37°30'N, 129°20'E.

19 Jun 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Wakae Maru (2000 GRT) off the east coast of Korea in position 38°25'N, 128°34'E.

20 Jun 1945
While on patrol off the east coast of Korea USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Taito Maru (2726 GRT) in position 36°04'N, 130°26'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kaisei Maru (880 GRT) in position 35°39'N, 130°29'E.

4 Jul 1945
USS Tinosa (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Latham) ended her 11th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

11 Aug 1945
After refitting, Tinosa set course for her 12th patrol. Before she reached her assigned area, this patrol was terminated by Japan's capitulation.

26 Aug 1945
Tinosa departed Midway for an overhaul at San Francisco.

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