Allied Warships

Skate (SS-305)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Skate during the Second World War.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant305 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered15 Dec 1941 
Laid down1 Aug 1942 
Launched4 Mar 1943 
Commissioned15 Apr 1943 
End service11 Dec 1946 
History

Decommissioned 11 December 1946.
Stricken 21 October 1948.
. Sunk as a target off San Clemente Island, California on 5 October 1948.

 

Commands listed for USS Skate (305)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Eugene Bradley McKinney, USN15 Apr 194324 Jan 1944
2William Philip Gruner, Jr., USN24 Jan 19447 Aug 1944

3T/Cdr. Richard Barr Lynch, USN7 Sep 19444 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Skate include:


25 Sep 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. Eugene Bradley McKinney) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off Wake Island.

29 Oct 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

15 Nov 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Truk.

21 Dec 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Terukawa Maru (6433 GRT) north-west of Truk, Caroline Islands in position 09°45'N, 151°56'E.

25 Dec 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoed and damaged the battleship Yamato (offsite link) northeast of Truk, Caroline Islands in position 10°05'N, 150°32'E.

7 Jan 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

5 Feb 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. William Philip Gruner, Jr.) departed from Midway for her 3rd war patrol, and again was ordered to patrol off Truk.

16 Feb 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese light cruiser Agano (6650 tons, offsite link) about 170 nautical miles north of Dublon Island, Truk, Caroline Islands in position 10°11'N, 151°42'E.

17 Mar 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

11 Apr 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

19 May 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) sank the Japanese guard boat Meisho Maru (31 GRT) with gunfire off Ogasawara-Gunto in position 28°56'N, 141°38'E.

31 May 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

23 Jun 1944
USS Skate (Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Kuril Islands.

7 Jul 1944
USS Skate (Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Usugumo (2000 tons, offsite link) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese cargo vessel Kasado Maru about 160 nautical miles north of Etorofu Jima in position 47°43'N, 147°55'E.

15 Jul 1944
USS Skate (Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fishing vessel Miho Maru (515 GRT, built 1913) off Cape Shiretoko, northern Karafuto, Kuril Islands in position 48°08'N, 148°06'E.

16 Jul 1944
USS Skate (Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Nippo Maru (1942 GRT, built 1944) and the Japanese tanker Nikkaku Maru (1937 GRT, built 1943) east of South Sakhalin, Kuril Islands in position 48°29'N, 147°36'E.

7 Aug 1944
USS Skate (Cdr. W.P. Gruner, Jr.) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

8 Sep 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. Richard Barr Lynch) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

29 Sep 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Lynch) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary minesweeper Hoei Maru (219 GRT) and the Japanese army cargo ship Ekisan Maru (3690 GRT) off Yoron Jima in position 27°14'N, 128°25'E.

2 Nov 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Lynch) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is now sent to the Hunters Point Navy Yard for a major overhaul.

11 Apr 1945
With her overhaul completed USS Skate (Cdr. R.B. Lynch) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

10 Jun 1945
USS Skate (Cdr. R.B. Lynch) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-122 (1142 tons, offsite link) in the Sea of Japan, 6 nautical miles from the Cape Rokugo lighthouse in position 37?29'N, 137?25'E.

12 Jun 1945
USS Skate (Cdr. R.B. Lynch) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ships Yozan Maru (1227 GRT), Kenjo Maru (3142 GRT) and Zuiko Maru (887 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant cargo ship Kankyo Maru in Togi harbour, northern Honshu, Japan in position 37°08'N, 136°42'E.

4 Jul 1945
USS Skate (Cdr. R.B. Lynch) ended her 7th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

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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