Allied Warships

Sea Devil (SS-400)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Sea Devil postwar.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant400 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down18 Nov 1943 
Launched28 Feb 1944 
Commissioned24 May 1944 
End service17 Feb 1964 
History

Decommissioned in February 1948.
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned in January 1951.
Decommissioned 19 February 1954.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 17 August 1957.
Decommissioned 17 February 1964.
Stricken 1 April 1964.
Sunk off California 24 November 1964.

 

Commands listed for USS Sea Devil (400)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Ralph Emerson Styles, USN24 May 194430 Apr 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Charles Francis McGivern, USN30 Apr 19453 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Sea Devil include:


11 Jul 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. Ralph Emerson Styles) departed from New London bound for Pearl Harbor.

9 Aug 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

26 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 Greiner (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Kiser, USN), USS Lovering (Lt.Cdr. E.P. Bayley, USNR) and USS Sea Devil (Cdr. R.E. Styles, USN).

3 Sep 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu in Japanese home waters.

16 Sep 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-364 (1440 tons, offsite link) about 250 nautical miles east of the Boso Peninsula, Japan in position 34°30'N, 145°23'E.

25 Oct 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

19 Nov 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

2 Dec 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Akigawa Maru (6859 GRT) and the Japanese passenger/cargo ship Hawaii Maru (9467 GRT) about 80 nautical miles south-south-west of Kyushu, Japan in position 30°24'N, 128°17'E.

9 Dec 1944
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese carrier Junyo (offsite link) east of Kyushu, Japan in position 31°43'N, 129°04'E.

11 Jan 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

7 Feb 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.

19 Feb 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) arrived at Saipan.

27 Feb 1945
After wolf pack-training USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) departed from Saipan for her patrol area.

2 Apr 1945
While operating in the Yellow Sea USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary vessel Edogawa Maru (1972 BRT) the Japanese army cargo ship Nisshin Maru (1179 GRT) and the Japanese merchant cargo ship Taijo Maru (6866 GRT) in position 34°18'N, 124°04'E. Sea Devil also torpedoed and damaged the Japanese merchant cargo ship Yamaji Maru (6800 GRT) in position 34°02'N, 124°00'E.

20 Apr 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) ended her 3rd war patrol at Midway.

30 May 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. Charles F. McGivern) departed from Saipan for her 4th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

14 Jun 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. C.F. McGivern) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Wakamiyasan Maru (2211 GRT) in the Yellow Sea in position 37°35'N, 123°30'E.

21 Jun 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. C.F. McGivern) sank three Japanese trawlers with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 37°20'N, 123°40'E. Sea Devil ended her 4th war patrol at Guam in mid-July-1945.

9 Aug 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. C.F. McGivern) departed from Guam for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Yellow Sea.

3 Sep 1945
USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. C.F. McGivern) ended her 5th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

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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