Allied Warships

Lamprey (SS-372)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Lamprey as completed

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant372 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Jun 1942 
Laid down22 Feb 1944 
Launched18 Jun 1944 
Commissioned17 Nov 1944 
End service3 Jun 1946 
History

Decommissioned 3 June 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Transferred to Argentina 21 July 1960 being renamed Santa Fe (S-11).
Santa Fe was broken up in 1971 for use as spare parts.

 

Commands listed for USS Lamprey (372)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. William Thackeray Nelson, USN17 Nov 19448 May 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Lucien Berry McDonald, USN8 May 194517 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Lamprey include:


17 Dec 1944
USS Lamprey (Cdr. W.T. Nelson, USN) departed New Orleans, Louisiana for the Panama Canal Zone.

22 Dec 1944
USS Lamprey (Cdr. W.T. Nelson, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone from New Orleans, Louisiana.

13 Jan 1945
After a training period, USS Lamprey (Cdr. W.T. Nelson, USN), departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

5 Feb 1945
USS Bugara (Cdr. A.F. Schade, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Pruitt (Cdr. P.H. Bjarnason, USN), USS Whitman (Lt. E.A. Sandor, USNR) and USS Lamprey (Cdr. W.T. Nelson, USN).

17 Feb 1945
USS Lamprey (Cdr. W.T. Nelson) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in off Formosa and in the South China Sea.

22 Apr 1945
USS Lamprey (Cdr. W.T. Nelson) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

21 May 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

28 May 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) damaged an unidentified Japanese vessel in a surface gunnery action off Japara, Netherlands East Indies in position 06°28'S, 110°37'E.

29 Jun 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

26 Jul 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) departed from Subic Bay for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

8 Aug 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off Singapore.

12 Aug 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the north coast of Java in approximate position 06°00'S, 108°00'E.

20 Aug 1945
USS Lamprey (Lt.Cdr. L.B. McDonald) ended her 3rd war patrol at Subic Bay.

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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