|Ship Class||Sargo-class Submarine|
|Laid Down||9 Aug 1938|
|Launched||21 Jun 1939|
|Commissioned||2 Oct 1939|
|Decommissioned||11 Dec 1946|
|Displacement||1,450 tons standard; 2,350 tons submerged|
|Machinery||Four Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. diesel engines, four General Electric Co. electric motors|
|Bunkerage||90,000 gallons, 252 battery cells|
|Power Output||5,500 SHP|
|Armament||8x21in torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x3in deck gun, 2x0.50 cal machine guns, 2x0.30 cal machine guns|
ww2dbaseSearaven was located in the Cavite Navy Yard in Manila Bay, Philippines, when the United States entered the war in Dec 1941. Her first missions were supply runs between American bases and the troops trapped on the Bataan Peninsula. Her first kill was scored on 3 Feb 1942 when she torpedoed and sunk a Japanese destroyer in the Molucca Strait. On 18 Apr 1942, she evacuated 32 Royal Australian Air Force personnel from Timor, northwest of Darwin, Australia. On 23 Apr, a fire aboard disabled her and put her out of commission for some time. Her most noted patrol was her fifth that ended on 24 Nov 1942, in which she claimed 23,400 tons of Japanese shipping sunk, though the count had not been confirmed. She embarked on 13 patrols during the course of the war before becoming a training vessel in late 1944. She was used as a target ship during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946 and was lightly damaged. She was sunk as a target on 11 Sep 1948.
Last Major Revision: Oct 2006
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Searaven Operational Timeline
|2 Oct 1939Â||Searaven was commissioned into service.|
|2 Apr 1942Â||Submarine USS Searaven departed with ammunition for Corregidor, Philippine Islands, but she would be unable to deliver the cargo before the American garrison surrendered.|
|11 Dec 1946Â||Searaven was decommissioned from service.|
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