USS Bergall file photo [20916]

USS Bergall

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-320
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down13 May 1943
Launched16 Feb 1944
Commissioned12 Jun 1944
Decommissioned17 Oct 1958
Displacement1550 tons standard; 2460 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-278A V16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four high-speed 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 hour at 2 knots submerged
Crew66
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x127mm 25cal deck gun, 1x40mm gun, 1x20mm gun, 2x .50cal machine guns
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

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ww2dbaseUSS Bergall was commissioned into service in Jun 1944. In the South China Sea south of French Indochina, she attacked a Japanese convoy and damaged heavy cruiser Myoko, but also sustained minor damage from an 8-inch shell which passed through the submarine without detonating; both ships would retire from combat due to damage, but while damaged Myoko would remain in Singapore until the end of the war, Bergall would return to combat in 1945. On 13 Jun 1945, Bergall was damaged in the aft section by a friendly naval mine. USS Bergall was given credit for sinking 14,710 tons of Japanese merchant shipping during WW2. After the war, she served with the US Navy's Pacific Fleet until 1950, and with the Atlantic Fleet until Oct 1958 when she was transferred to Turkey under the Military Assistance Program. Commissioned as TCG Turgutreis with the hull number of S 24. In 1959, her hull number was redesignated S 342 to conform to new North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) naming conventions. In 1974, she supported the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. As she became obsolete, she became a receiving boat at Gölcük Navy Yard in Turkey under the new name of Ceryah Botu. She was officially sold to Turkey in Feb 1973. Although decommissioned in 1983, she remained in service at Gölcük Navy Yard until she was scrapped in Apr 2000.

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USS Bergall Operational Timeline

13 May 1943 The keel of Bergall was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States.
16 Feb 1944 Bergall was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Elkins.
12 Jun 1944 USS Bergall was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Commander J. M. Hyde in command.
13 Aug 1944 USS Bergall arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
8 Sep 1944 USS Bergall departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
3 Oct 1944 USS Bergall attacked a small vessel east of French Indochina with her deck gun, causing no damage.
9 Oct 1944 USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport off the coast of French Indochina, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes.
13 Oct 1944 USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport 10 kilometers east of Cam Rahn Bay, French Indochina, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes.
27 Oct 1944 USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 4 of 6 torpedoes.
13 Dec 1944 US submarine USS Bergall and Japanese heavy cruiser Myoko engaged in a brief combat south of French Indochina during in which both vessels sustained damage; Myoko was hit by one torpedo (of six fired) on the aft port side while Bergall was damaged by an 8-inch shell that passed through without detonating.
27 Jan 1945 USS Bergall sank a Japanese patrol vessel in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 1 torpedo.
29 Jan 1945 USS Bergall attacked a Japanese patrol vessel in the South China Sea; the torpedo missed.
30 Jan 1945 USS Bergall sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 1 torpedo.
7 Feb 1945 USS Bergall fired eight torpedoes at a Japanese convoy east of Cam Rahn Bay, French Indochina, damaing two oilers with three hits.
13 Feb 1945 USS Bergall damaged a large Japanese warship in the South China Sea, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes.
12 Apr 1945 USS Bergall fired a torpedo at a Japanese patrol vessel in the South China Sea; the torpedo missed.
13 Apr 1945 USS Bergall fired two torpedoes at a Japanese patrol vessel in the South China Sea; both torpedoes missed.
18 May 1945 USS Bergall damaged a small Japanese vessel with her deck gun in the South China Sea.
30 May 1945 USS Bergall attacked a group of small Japanese vessels in the Gulf of Thailand with her deck gun, sinking seven.
13 Jun 1945 USS Bergall was damaged by a friendly naval mine.
17 Jun 1945 USS Bergall arrived at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands to receive emergency repairs for damage sustained four days prior by a friendly naval mine. This ended her fifth war patrol.
4 Aug 1945 USS Bergall arrived at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States.
4 Dec 1948 USS Bergall began a tour of the Far East.
28 Feb 1949 USS Bergall conculded a tour of the Far East.
10 Jun 1950 USS Bergall departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
11 Jul 1950 USS Bergall arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States.
1 Nov 1954 USS Bergall collided with destroyer USS Norris while on exercise.
26 Sep 1958 USS Bergall departed United States for Turkey.
9 Oct 1958 USS Bergall entered the Mediterranean Sea.
15 Oct 1958 USS Bergall arrived at Izmir, Turkey.
17 Oct 1958 USS Bergall was decommission from service and was transferred to Turkey under the Military Assistance Program. The Turkish Navy commissioned the submarine as TCG Turgutreis (S 24).
1 Feb 1973 Bergall (TCG Ceryah Botu) was struck from US Naval Register.
15 Feb 1973 Bergall (TCG Ceryah Botu) was sold to Turkey.
5 Apr 1983 TCG Ceryah Botu was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

USS Bergall underway, circa 1947USS Bergall underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 1953USS Bergall underway, circa 1954USS Toro, USS Irex, USS Trout, USS Bergall, USS Sea Owl, USS Cavalla, USS Sea Robin, USS Piper, and other submarines, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 1957




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