Submarine of the Balao class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Cramp Shipbuilding Co. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||6 Jun 1942|
|Laid down||23 Aug 1943|
|Launched||8 Jul 1945|
|Commissioned||11 Apr 1946|
|End service||18 Oct 1973|
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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|1||Cdr. Raymond A. Moore, USN||11 Apr 1946||25 Apr 1946 (1)|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Marshall Harlan Austin, USN||25 Apr 1946||1948 (2)|
|3||Cdr. Guy F. Guggliotta, USN||1948||15 Jul 1949 (2)|
|4||T/Cdr. Robert Kemble Rittenhouse Worthington, USN||15 Jul 1949||15 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)