Allied Warships

Tusk (SS-426)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Tusk as modified postwar.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant426 
Built byCramp Shipbuilding Co. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Jun 1942 
Laid down23 Aug 1943 
Launched8 Jul 1945 
Commissioned11 Apr 1946 
End service18 Oct 1973 
History

Decommissioned, stricken and transferred to Taiwan 18 October 1973 being renamed Hai Pao (S-792).

 

Commands listed for USS Tusk (426)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Raymond A. Moore, USN11 Apr 194625 Apr 1946 (1)
2Lt.Cdr. Marshall Harlan Austin, USN25 Apr 19461948 (2)
3Cdr. Guy F. Guggliotta, USN 194815 Jul 1949 (2)
4T/Cdr. Robert Kemble Rittenhouse Worthington, USN15 Jul 194915 Aug 1951 (2)

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Notable events involving Tusk include:


26 Aug 1949
While on clandestine operations USS Tusk (SS 426) and USS Cochino (SS 345) ran through a violent polar gale off Norway, and the jolting received by Cochino played their part in causing an electrical fire and battery explosion, followed by the generation of deadly hydrogen [chlorine] on 25 August. Defying the most unfavorable possible weather conditions, men of Cochino and USS Tusk fought to save the submarine for 14 hours, performing acts of skillful seamanship and high courage. A second battery explosion on 26 August made "Abandon Ship" the only possible order, and Cochino sank north of Norway in position 71.35N. 23.35E. All Cochino's men were rescued by the valiant Tusk who had lost seven of her own men in the attempt to save Cochino. (3)

Media links


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U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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