Allied Warships

USS Griffin (AS 13)

Submarine tender of the Griffin class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine tender
PennantAS 13 
Built bySun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down1 May 1939 
Launched11 Oct 1939 
Commissioned31 Jul 1941 
End service12 Oct 1945 

Acquired by the USN in 1940 and converted to a submarine tender
Commissioned as USS Griffin (AS-13) on 31 July 1941
Decommissioned on 12 October 1945
Stricken on 1 August 1972
Sold on 9 April 1973


Commands listed for USS Griffin (AS 13)

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1Cdr. Stanley Dexter Jupp, USN31 Jul 19413 Jul 1942 (1)
2T/Capt. Wakeman Blanchard Thorp, USN3 Jul 1942Jun 1944
3T/Capt. John FitzPatrick Madden, USNJun 1944Apr 1945
4T/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Markham Brown, USNApr 1945Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Griffin include:

4 May 1944
Around 0815H/4, HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Fremantle for exercises with the submarines USS Narwhal (T/Cdr. J.C. Titus, USN), USS Bluefish (T/Cdr. C.M. Henderson, USN) and USS Raton (T/Cdr. J.W. Davis, USN).

On completion of the exercises HMAS Adelaide set course to make rendezvous with the submarine tender USS Griffin (W.B. Throp, USN).

Rendezvous was affected around 1330H/6 and they arrived at Fremantle around 2130H/7. (2)

3 Dec 1944
Around 0600I/3, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. G.S. Gordon, RAN) departed Sorido to make rendezvous off Scharnhorst Point [This is in approximately 05°58 S, 147°27'E] with USS Griffin (T/Capt. J.F. Madden, USN) around 1100I/5.

They arrived at Mios Woendi around 0700I/8. (3)


  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for May 1944
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for December 1944

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