USS Barbero file photo [18571]

USS Barbero

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-317
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down25 Mar 1943
Launched12 Dec 1943
Commissioned29 Apr 1944
Decommissioned30 Jun 1964
Sunk7 Oct 1964
Displacement1550 tons standard; 2460 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-278A V16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four General Electric electric motors (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Bunkerage118,000gal fuel oil
Speed20 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew66
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x127mm 25cal deck gun, 1x40mm Bofors gun, 1x20mm Oerlikon cannon, 2x .50cal machine guns
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseUSS Barbero was commissioned into service in Apr 1944 and embarked on her first war patrol in Aug 1944. She scored her first sinking, Japanese transport Kuramasan Maru, on 2 Nov 1944 in the Dutch East Indies, and would go on to achieve two more sinkings for a total of 9,126 tons of shipping. On 27 Dec 1944, while en route to Fremantle, Australia to end her second war patrol, she was damaged by an aerial bomb; the war would end while she was still undergoing repair. After the war, she was put in reserve in 1946, but would see brief service as an experimental cargo submarine between Mar 1948 and early 1950. In 1955, she was converted into a nuclear cruise missile submarine, in which role she conducted nuclear strategic deterrence patrols in the Atlantic Ocean between 1956 and 1964. In 1959, she participated in an experiment in conjunction with the United States Postal Service to transport mail by Regulus cruise missile. She was decommissioned in 1964 and was sunk as a target by submarine USS Greenfish later in the same year.

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USS Barbero Operational Timeline

25 Mar 1943 The keel of submarine Barbero was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States.
12 Dec 1943 Submarine Barbero was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine R. Keating.
29 Apr 1944 USS Barbero was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander Irvin S. Hartman in command.
9 Aug 1944 USS Barbero departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of for her first war patrol.
7 Sep 1944 USS Barbero attacked a Japanese trawler east of the Philippine Islands; the torpedo missed.
1 Nov 1944 USS Barbero attacked a Japanese patrol boat with her deck gun in the Dutch East Indies, causing no damage.
2 Nov 1944 USS Barbero sank Japanese transport Kuramasan Maru in the Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 2 of 9 torpedoes fired.,
8 Nov 1944 USS Barbero sank Japanese tanker Shimotsu Maru in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 11 torpedoes fired.
24 Dec 1944 USS Barbero sank Japanese tanker Junpo Maru and damaged a transport in the South China Sea, hitting them with 9 of 14 torpedoes fired.
27 Dec 1944 USS Barbero was damaged by a Japanese aircraft.
2 Jan 1945 USS Barbero arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her second war patrol.
25 Apr 1946 USS Barbero was decommissioned and placed in reserve while still in commission.
31 Mar 1948 USS Barbero was activated as an experimental cargo submarine.
30 Jun 1950 USS Barbero was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States.
1 Feb 1955 USS Barbero entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, United States for conversion to launch Regulus nuclear cruise missiles.
25 Oct 1955 USS Barbero completed her conversion into a guided missile submarine at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States.
28 Oct 1955 USS Barbero was recommissioned into service.
8 Jun 1959 USS Barbero assisted the United States Postal Service in experimenting with transporting mail via Regulus cruise missiles off Florida, United States.
30 Jun 1964 USS Barbero was decommissioned from service.
1 Jul 1964 Submarine Barbero was struck from the US Naval Register.
7 Oct 1964 Submarine Barbero was sunk as a target off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States.

Photographs

Launching of submarine Barbero, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 12 Dec 194352 submarines and 4 submarine tenders of the US Navy Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, circa Jan 1946USS Besugo at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 29 Jan 1946; note USS Spadefish and USS Barbero in backgroundCommander Samuel Bussey at the commissioning ceremony of USS Barbero, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 26 Jul 1948
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