Allied Warships

Ronquil (SS-396)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Ronquil during the Second World War

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant396 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down9 Sep 1943 
Launched27 Jan 1944 
Commissioned22 Apr 1944 
End service1 Jul 1971 
History

Decommissioned 1 May 1952.
Recommissioned 16 January 1953.
Decommissioned, stricken and transferred to Spain on 1 July 1971 being renamed Isaac Peral (S-32).
Stricken by the Spanish Navy in 1982.

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Commands listed for USS Ronquil (396)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Henry Stone Monroe, USN22 Apr 1944Dec 1944
2Cdr. Robert Bond Lander, USNDec 194429 Aug 1945
3Cdr. Romondt Rudd, USN29 Aug 1945Mar 1946

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Notable events involving Ronquil include:


8 Jul 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

31 Jul 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

4 Aug 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) topped up with fuel at Midway.

24 Aug 1944
While operating off Formosa USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Yoshida Maru No.3 (4646 GRT) off Keelung, Formosa in position 25°29'N, 123°15'E and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Fukurei Maru (5969 GRT) off Sankaku Island in position 25°13'N, 121°49'E.

8 Sep 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

30 Sep 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu, Japan.

8 Nov 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) enters Saipan for a short refit.

10 Nov 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) departed from Saipan, she was ordered to patrol south of Japan to destroy Japanese guard boats.

17 Nov 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) and USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) heavily damaged the Japanese guard boat Fusa Maru (177 GRT) south of Hachiro Jima, Japan in position 32°15'N, 140°00'E.

Burrfish is damaged by gunfire from the Japanese ship and Ronquil is damaged, most likely, by the premature explosion of a 40 millimetre shell.

28 Nov 1944
USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

21 Dec 1944
USS Charr (Cdr. F.D. Boyle, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Doherty (Lt. W.J. O'Brien, USNR), USS Cabana (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Bence, USNR), USS Sicard (Lt. J.W. Botten, USN), USS YMS 193, USS YMS 235, USS YMS 374, USS Blower (Cdr. J.H. Campbell, USN), USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe, USN) and USS Threadfin (Cdr. J.J. Foote, USN).

1 Jan 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Bonin Islands.

7 Feb 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Kuretake Maru (1924 GRT) off the Bonin Islands in position 31°46'N, 140°17'E.

14 Feb 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam.

11 Mar 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) departed from Guam for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the northern Bonin Islands and south of Japan.

24 Apr 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

19 May 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

26 Jul 1945
USS Ronquil (Cdr. R.B. Lander) 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

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