Allied Warships

Picuda (SS-382)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Picuda as modified after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant382 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down15 Mar 1943 
Launched12 Jul 1943 
Commissioned16 Oct 1943 
End service1 Oct 1972 
History

Decommissioned 25 September 1946.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 19 June 1953.
Decommissioned and transferred to Spain 1 October 1972 being renamed Narciso Monitorial (S-33).
Stricken by the Spanish Navy 30 April 1977.

 

Commands listed for USS Picuda (382)

Please note that we're still working on this section.

CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Albert Raborn, USN16 Oct 194312 Jul 1944
2T/Cdr. Glynn Robert Donaho, USN12 Jul 19446 Oct 1944
3T/Cdr. Evan Tyler Shepard, USN6 Oct 194420 May 1945

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving Picuda include:


13 Dec 1943
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn, USN) arrived at Newport, Rhode Island from Portsmouth, New Hampshire for torpedo trials.

16 Dec 1943
With her torpedo trials completed, USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn, USN), arrived at New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

17 Feb 1944
After working up and shifting from the east coast to Pearl Harbor USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) left base for her first war patrol. She was to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

2 Mar 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Shinkyo Maru (5139 GRT) south-west of Truk in position 06°22'N, 148°28'E.

18 Mar 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese ammunition ship Aratama Maru (6783 GRT) off Guam in position 12°33'N, 141°08'E.

20 Mar 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese supply ship Hoko Maru (1504 GRT) about 40 nautical miles north of Yap, Caroline Islands in position 10°09'N, 138°10'E.

30 Mar 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Atlantic Maru (5872 GRT) about 90 nautical miles south-south-west of Guam in position 12°20'N, 145°55'E.

5 Apr 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) ended her first war patrol at Midway Island.

4 May 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) left Midway for her second war patrol. She was part of a wolf-pack together with USS Perch and USS Peto. They were to patrol off Formosa.

22 May 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Tsukuba Maru (3171 GRT) and the Japanese gunboat Hashidate off Pratas Island in position 21°08'N, 117°20'E.

22 Jun 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. A. Raborn) returned to Midway ending her second war patrol. She left Midway for Pearl Harbor the next day, arriving there on the 27th.

23 Jul 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) formed a wolf-pack with USS Spadefish and USS Redfish. They departed Pearl Harbor to patrol in the Luzon Straits between Formosa and Luzon.

25 Aug 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Kotoku Maru (1943 GRT) and the Japanese destroyer Yunagi (offsite link) north-east of Cape Bojeador, Luzon in position 18°46'N, 120°46'E.

16 Sep 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Tokushima Maru (5975 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 21°27'N, 121°35'E.

21 Sep 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Awaji Maru (1948 GRT) off Cap Bojeador, Luzon in position 18°43'N, 120°53'E.

3 Oct 1944
USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) ended her third war patrol when she returned to base at Majuro.

27 Oct 1944
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) left Majuro on 27 October 1944 together with USS Barb and USS Queenfish. They were to patrol in the East China Sea, west of Kyushu.

17 Nov 1944
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) torpedoed and sank the Japanese passenger ship Mayasan Maru (9433 GRT) and torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant tanker Awagawa Maru (6925 GRT) south-west of Nagasaki in position 33°16'N, 124°43'E.

23 Nov 1944
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchants Shoyo Maru (6933 GRT) and Fukuju Maru (5296 GRT) in the Tsushima Strait in position 34°14'N, 128°28'E.

2 Dec 1944
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) ended her fourth war patrol at Guam.

29 Dec 1944
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) left base for her fifth war patrol. She was to patrol in the Formosa Straits and the East China Sea off the east coast of China.

7 Jan 1945
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) was alerted by USS Barb that a convoy was passing through the Formosa Strait. Picuna gained contact and torpedoed the Japanese tanker Munakata Maru (10045 GRT) 28 nautical miles northwest of Fukikaku, Formosa in position 25°42'N, 121°08'E. The Japanese ship was heavily damaged but was not sunk.

8 Jan 1945
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) and USS Barb shared the sinking of the Japanese tanker Hikoshima Maru (2854 GRT). Picuna and Barb also shared the sinking of the Japanese merchant Anyo Maru (9256 GRT). The merchant Hisagawa Maru and tanker Manju Maru (6516 GRT) were severely damaged during these attacks.

29 Jan 1945
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Clyde Maru (5497 GRT) about 50 nautical miles north-west of Keelung, Formosa in position 25°20'N, 121°06'E.

15 Feb 1945
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) ended her fifth war patrol at Pearl Harbor on 15 February 1945.

15 Mar 1945
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) left Pearl Harbor for her sixth war patrol. She was to patrol and perform lifeguard duty (for allied airmen) off the coast of China in the vicinity of Kii Suido.

10 May 1945
USS Picuda (Cdr. E.T. Shepard) ended her sixth war patrol at Tanapag Harbor. She was ordered the east coast of the United States for a refit. Picuna arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on 22 June 1945.

12 Jun 1945
USS Picuda arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

14 Jun 1945
USS Picuda departed the Panama Canal Zone for the Portsmouth Navy Yard where she was to refit.

22 Jun 1945
USS Picuda arrived at the Portsmouth Navy Yard where she was to refit.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


amazon.com
($ 47.93)


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


amazon.com
($ 66.32)

amazon.co.uk
(£ 56.95)

amazon.de
(EUR 62.78)

Return to the Allied Warships section