Allied Warships

Plaice (SS-390)

Submarine of the Balao class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant390 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down14 Jul 1943 
Launched15 Nov 1943 
Commissioned12 Feb 1944 
End service7 Sep 1963 
History

Decommissioned in 1947.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 18 May 1963. Decommissioned and transfered to Brasil 7 September 1963 being renamed Bahia (S-12).
Sold to be put on display at the Brazilian Museum of Naval Technology, Santos, Brazil. Due to financial difficulties this did not materialise and the submarine was sold for scrap instead.

 

Commands listed for USS Plaice (390)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Clyde Benjamin Stevens, Jr., USN12 Feb 194430 Mar 1945
2T/Cdr. Richard Stottko Andrews, USN30 Mar 19451 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Plaice include:


15 Apr 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) departed from New London bound for Pearl Harbor.

13 May 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

3 Jun 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Bonin Islands.

8 Jun 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) topped up with fuel at Midway.

30 Jun 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Hyakafuku Maru (986 GRT) north-west of Chichi Jima in position 28°20'N, 141°23'E.

5 Jul 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary net layer Kogi Maru (857 GRT) off Ototo Jima in position 27°43'N, 141°02'E.

18 Jul 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine chaser Ch 50 (420 tons) about 200 nautical miles north-west of Chichi Jima in position 29°22'N, 139°14'E.

26 Jul 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

17 Aug 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Ryukyu Islands.

27 Sep 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 10 (740 tons, offsite link) about 100 nautical miles north-north-west of Amami o Shima in position 29°26'N, 128°50'E.

12 Oct 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

3 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Tills (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Brooks, USNR), USS Hemminger (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Bodler, USNR), USS Viking, USS ATR-26 (Lt. J.H. Kelly, USN), USS Plaice (Cdr. C.B. Stevens, Jr., USN) and USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN).

9 Nov 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters off Kyusyu and Sikoku.

13 Nov 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) topped up with fuel at Midway. She departed from the next day.

9 Dec 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese escort destroyer Maki (1262 tons, offsite link) east of Kyusyu, Japan in position 31°57'N, 129°01'E.

20 Dec 1944
USS Plaice (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Stevens) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam.

23 Jan 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. C.B. Stevens) departed from Saipan for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Luzon Strait.

23 Mar 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. C.B. Stevens) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

30 Mar 1945
Cdr. R.S. Andrews takes over command from Cdr. C.B. Stevens.

26 Apr 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk.

13 May 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) sank four small Japanese vessels with gunfire off the Kuril Islands in position 45°30'N, 147°04'E. Several other vessels were damaged.

13 Jun 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

8 Jul 1945
USS Catfish (Lt.Cdr. W.A. Overton, USNR) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Coolbaugh (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Zimmerman, USNR), USS Pruitt (Lt. D.B. Harby, USNR), USS Howard (Lt.Cdr. F.W. Diehl, USNR), USS Stickleback (Cdr. H.K. Nauman, USN), USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews, USN), USS Torsk (Cdr. B.E. Lewellen, USN) and USS Sargo (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hingson, USN).

18 Jul 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

31 Jul 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) topped up with fuel at Saipan. She departed from for her patrol area on August 2nd.

24 Aug 1945
USS Plaice (Cdr. R.S. Andrews) ended her 6th war patrol at Midway.

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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