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USS Sterlet

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-392
BuilderPortsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down14 Jul 1943
Launched27 Oct 1943
Commissioned4 Mar 1944
Decommissioned30 Sep 1968
Sunk31 Jan 1969
Displacement1550 tons standard; 2429 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks-Morse Model 38D8-? 10-cyl opposed piston diesel engines (5,400shp), four high-speed Elliott electric motors (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Bunkerage116,000gal 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

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ww2dbaseUSS Sterlet was commissioned into service in Mar 1944. After training exercises in waters off the US Territory of Hawaii, she embarked on her first war patrol on 4 Jul 1944, during which she would claim four sinkings and captured one prisoner of war. She would ultimately complete five war patrol during WW2, with her claiming sinkings in her first four patrols off Japan and in the Kurile Islands, while rescuing downed airmen off Japan in the final war patrol. After the war, she spent some time on the west coast of the United States before returning to the western Pacific, patrolling the Chinese coast against Communist threat and visiting Japanese ports of Sasebo and Yokosuka. After two years in decommissioned status at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States, she was recommissioned in Aug 1950 to be modernized to a fleet snorkel submarine. She served the final years all across the Pacific Ocean, visiting Taiwan, Japan, Hawaii, among other locations. She was found to be unfit for service in 1968 and was decommissioned accordingly. She was sunk as a target by nuclear submarine USS Sargo in Jan 1969.

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USS Sterlet Operational Timeline

14 Jul 1943 The keel of Sterlet was laid down at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, United States.
27 Oct 1943 Sterlet was launched at Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, United States, sponsored by the wife of Charles A. Plumley.
4 Mar 1944 Sterlet was commissioned into service with Commander O. C. Robbins in command.
1 May 1944 USS Sterlet departed Key West, Florida, United States.
13 Jun 1944 USS Sterlet arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
4 Jul 1944 USS Sterlet departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
23 Jul 1944 USS Sterlet sank a small Japanese transport with three torpedoes (all missed) and her deck guns in the Pacific Ocean.
4 Aug 1944 USS Sterlet fired four torpedoes at a Japanese convoy in the Pacific Ocean, sinking a transport with three hits.
7 Aug 1944 USS Sterlet fired seven torpedoes at a Japanese convoy in the Pacific Ocean, sinking a transport with two hits.
8 Aug 1944 USS Sterlet sank a Japanese transport in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with four of four torpedoes.
26 Aug 1944 USS Sterlet arrived at Midway, ending her first war patrol.
18 Sep 1944 USS Sterlet departed Midway for her second war patrol.
9 Oct 1944 USS Sterlet sank a Japanese fishing boat off the eastern coast of Okinawa, Japan with her deck gun.
18 Oct 1944 USS Sterlet spotted a Japanese task force consisted of six destroyers and three cruisers; she failed to get into an attacking position.
21 Oct 1944 USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese cargo ship off the southwestern coast of Amami Oshima, Japan; all three torpedoes missed.
25 Oct 1944 USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese convoy with two salvos of torpedoes southwest of Kagoshima, Japan. All four torpedoes of the first salvo missed. Four of the six torpedoes of the second salvo made contact, three hitting (and sinking) oil tanker Jinei Maru and one hitting a freighter. She remained under water for several hours due to counterattacks by the convoy escorts. Surfacing later, she spotted a Japanese hospital ship and allowed it to continue her journey.
29 Oct 1944 USS Sterlet sank a small Japanese freighter in the Pacific Ocean with four torpedoes (all missed) and her deck guns.
31 Oct 1944 USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese tanker in the Pacific Ocean after sundown, sinking her with six torpedoes. She shared the credit with USS Trigger, which had previously damaged the tanker.
10 Nov 1944 USS Sterlet departed Saipan, Mariana Islands.
15 Nov 1944 USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese patrol vessel in the Pacific Ocean with her deck gun.
16 Nov 1944 USS Sterlet sank a small Japanese submarine chaser in the Pacific Ocean, hitting her with one of four torpedoes.
30 Nov 1944 USS Sterlet arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol.
25 Jan 1945 USS Sterlet departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her third war patrol.
1 Mar 1945 USS Sterlet sank a Japanese transport in the Izu Islands, Japan, hitting her with three of six torpedoes.
5 Mar 1945 USS Sterlet sank a Japanese oiler south of Tokyo Bay, Japan, hitting her with five of six torpedoes.
4 Apr 1945 USS Sterlet arrived at Midway, ending her third war patrol.
29 Apr 1945 USS Sterlet departed Midway for her fourth war patrol.
29 May 1945 USS Sterlet attacked a Japanese convoy east of the southern tip of Karafuto, Japan (now Sakhalin, Russia), sinking a freighter and damaging another, hitting them with four of six torpedoes. As the escort vessels counterattacked, she fired three salvos of four, three, and then four torpedoes at them, all of which missed, but she was able to escape from the counterattack.
3 Jun 1945 USS Sterlet fired six torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Sea of Okhotsk; all torpedoes missed. The transport then revealed herself to be an armed Q-ship, which gave chase to the American submarine. Sterlet was able to escape the counterattack.
10 Jun 1945 USS Sterlet arrived at Midway, ending her fourth war patrol.
5 Jul 1945 USS Sterlet departed Midway for her fifth war patrol.
23 Aug 1945 USS Sterlet arrived at Midway, ending her fifth war patrol.
6 Sep 1945 USS Sterlet departed Midway.
16 Sep 1945 USS Sterlet arrived at San Diego, California, United States.
13 Nov 1945 USS Sterlet departed San Diego, California, United States.
26 Feb 1946 USS Sterlet departed San Francisco, California, United States.
20 Apr 1946 USS Sterlet arrived at Qingdao, China.
1 Jun 1946 USS Sterlet arrived at Shanghai, China.
10 Jun 1946 USS Sterlet departed Shanghai, China.
22 Jun 1946 USS Sterlet arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
12 Jan 1947 USS Sterlet arrived at Sasebo, Japan.
28 Jan 1947 USS Sterlet departed Japan.
30 Apr 1947 USS Sterlet arrived at San Francisco, California, United States.
1 May 1947 USS Sterlet reported to the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Francisco, California, United States for inactivation.
15 Nov 1947 USS Sterlet departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
1 Dec 1947 USS Sterlet arrived at Brisbane, Australia.
6 Dec 1947 USS Sterlet departed Brisbane, Australia.
14 Dec 1947 USS Sterlet arrived at Guam.
2 Jan 1948 USS Sterlet departed Guam.
6 Jan 1948 USS Sterlet arrived at Okinawa, Japan.
10 Jan 1948 USS Sterlet departed Okinawa, Japan.
18 Sep 1948 USS Sterlet was decommissioned from service at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States.
26 Aug 1950 USS Sterlet was recommissioned into service at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States with Lieutenant Commander George W. Kittredge in command.
25 Sep 1950 USS Sterlet departed for San Diego, California, United States.
1 Dec 1953 USS Sterlet received a new commanding officer at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States.
23 Jun 1954 USS Sterlet completed a tour of duty in the west Pacific and returned to the west coast of the United States.
13 Sep 1954 USS Sterlet arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii and was assigned to Submarine Squadron 1.
30 Sep 1968 USS Sterlet was decommissioned from service.
1 Oct 1968 Sterlet was struck from the US Naval Register.
31 Jan 1969 Sterlet was sunk as a target by nuclear submarine USS Sargo.

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USS Sterlet, circa 1944-1945USS Sterlet, circa 1944-1945Recommissioning ceremony of USS Sterlet at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 26 Aug 1950Lieutenant Commander George Kittredge being relieved by the new commanding officer of USS Sterlet, Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1 Dec 1953
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