Allied Warships

Sterlet (SS-392)

Submarine of the Balao class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant392 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down14 Jul 1943 
Launched27 Oct 1943 
Commissioned4 Mar 1944 
End service30 Sep 1968 
History

Decommissioned 18 September 1948.
Recommissioned 26 August 1950.
Decommissioned 30 September 1968.
Stricken 1 October 1968.
Sunk as a target by USS Sargo (SSN-583) on 31 January 1969.

 

Commands listed for USS Sterlet (392)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Omre Campbell Robbins, USN4 Mar 194422 Dec 1944
2T/Lt.Cdr. Walter Lowry Small, USN22 Dec 194425 Dec 1944
3Hugh Emmett Wright, USN25 Dec 194427 Dec 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Hugh Howard Lewis, Jr., USNR27 Dec 194423 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Sterlet include:


13 Jun 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. Orme Campbell Robbins) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

4 Jul 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

4 Aug 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) sank the Japanese guard boats Miyagi Maru (248 GRT) and Zensho Maru (99 GRT) north-west of Chichi Jima in position 28°11'N, 141°43'E.

8 Aug 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Tama Maru No.6 (275 GRT) west of Chichi Jima in position 28?11'N, 141?06'E.

26 Aug 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

18 Sep 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

9 Oct 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire off Okinawa in position 26°17'N, 128°12'E.

25 Oct 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Jinei Maru (10241 GRT) south of Yaku Jima in position 30°15'N, 129°45'E.

31 Oct 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Takane Maru (10021 GRT) south-west of Kyushu, Japan in position 30°09'N, 132°45'E.

3 Nov 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. Orme Campbell Robbins) arrived at Saipan for refuelling and provisions.

10 Nov 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) departed from Saipan to resume her 2nd war patrol.

15 Nov 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. Orme Campbell Robbins) and USS Silversides damage the Japanese guard vessel Nachiryu Maru No.12 (97 GRT) with gunfire north-west of Ogasawara-Gunto in position 30°10'N, 137°23'E. Although the Japanese ship is heavily damaged she is able to reach port.

30 Nov 1944
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. O.C. Robbins) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

25 Jan 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. Hugh Howard Lewis) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

1 Mar 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Tateyama Maru (1148 GRT) south of Honshu, Japan in position 34°11'N, 139°44'E.

4 Apr 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) ended her 3rd war patrol at Midway.

29 Apr 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) departed from Midway for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk.

29 May 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Kuretake Maru (1924 GRT) and Tenryo Maru (2231 GRT) east of the La P?rouse Strait in position 46°46'N, 144°16'E.

10 Jun 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

5 Jul 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Honshu in Japanese home waters.

23 Aug 1945
USS Sterlet (Lt.Cdr. H.H. Lewis) ended her 5th war patrol at Midway.

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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