Allied Warships

Razorback (SS-394)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Razorback as modified after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant394 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down9 Sep 1943 
Launched27 Jan 1944 
Commissioned3 Apr 1944 
End service30 Nov 1970 
History

Decommissioned 1 August 1952.
Recommissioned in January 1954.
Decommissioned, stricken and transferred to Turkey 30 November 1970 being renamed Murat Reis (S-336).

The submarine returned to the United States in June 2004 to be put on permanent display at the North Little Rock maritime museum (offsite link)

 

Commands listed for USS Razorback (394)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Albert Marion Bontier, USN3 Apr 19445 Jun 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Roy Stanley Benson, USN5 Jun 194421 Oct 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Charles Donald Brown, USN21 Oct 19442 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Razorback include:


13 Jun 1944
During 13 to 15 June 1944, USS Baya (Cdr. A.H. Holtz, USN), conducted exercises in Long Island Sound with USS Semmes (Cdr. R.L. Wilson, USN), USS SC-679 (Lt.(jg) D.A. Replogle, USNR) and USS Razorback (Cdr. R.S. Benson, USN).

20 Aug 1944
USS Bergall (Cdr. J.M. Hyde, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Canfield (Lt.Cdr. P.E. Cherry, USNR), USS Charles R. Greer (Cdr. A. Jackson, Jr., USNR) and USS Razorback (Cdr. R.S. Benson, USN).

Upon completion of these exercises Bergall was docked at Pearl Harbour.

21 Aug 1944
USS Bergall (Cdr. J.M. Hyde, USN) was undocked.

She then conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Carlson (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Stapleton, USNR), USS Greiner (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Kiser, USN), USS Allen (Lt. W.J. Riley, Jr., USNR) and USS Razorback (Cdr. R.S. Benson, USN).

25 Aug 1944
USS Razorback (Cdr. R.S. Benson) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol east of Luzon.

19 Oct 1944
USS Razorback (Cdr. R.S. Benson) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

15 Nov 1944
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

7 Dec 1944
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Kenjo Maru (6933 GRT) off the north coast of Luzon, Philippines in position 18°57'N, 120°58'E.

30 Dec 1944
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Kuretake (900 tons, offsite link) in the Bashii Channel in position 21°00'N, 121°24'E.

5 Jan 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) ended her 2nd war patrol at Guam.

1 Feb 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

5 Mar 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 31°51'N, 127°27'E.

6 Mar 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 33°50'N, 128°00'E.

9 Mar 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire east of the Ryukyu Island in position 29°40'N, 133°20'E.

26 Mar 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) ended her 3rd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

7 May 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol to the east and south of Honshu, Japan

27 Jun 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

22 Jul 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk.

2 Aug 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) sank 8 small Japanese vessels with gunfire off the Kuril Islands in position 44°37'N, 146°55'E.

31 Aug 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) enters Tokyo Bay.

3 Sep 1945
After the formal Japanese surrender USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) departed from Tokyo Bay bound for Pearl Harbor.

11 Sep 1945
USS Razorback (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Brown) ended her 5th 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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