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|22k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Lapon's (SS-260) keel laying, 21 February 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|478k||Off to the war, Lapon (SS-260) slides down the launching ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 27 October 1942.||USN photo # 80-G-40214 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 04/14/17.
|930k||Waterborne at last, Lapon (SS-260) has just finished her slide from the launching ways at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 27 October 1942. The front part of the wake is just visible off her bow.||Text and i.d. courtesy of John Hummel (USNR).
USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
|22k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Lapon's (SS-260) launching, 27 October 1942, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|17k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Lapon's (SS-260) commissioning, 23 January 1943.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|719k||Cmdr. Lowell T. Stone seated in the Officer's Stateroom, circa 1943. The "scorecard" and mascot, Laruppin-Lou-Lapon, and fish namesake are featured on the wall.||From the personal collection of Timothy Stone, grandson of Commander L. T. Stone, Lapon (SS-260) & text via via Wikipedia & Robert Hurst.|
|316k||Lapon (SS-260) returning to port, possibly Fremantle, Australia. This was possibly the last patrol of Cmdr Stone, who can be seen in the lower right of photo. The Japanese flag flying atop the No. 2 periscope was acquired by the crew from a Japanese civilian fisherman in exchange for provisions.||Photo from the personal collection of Timothy Stone, grandson of Commander L. T. Stone, Lapon (SS-260) via Robert Hurst.|
|153k||Lapon (SS-260) ties up to the wharf at Pearl Harbor, possibly on 22 April 1945 from her last patrol.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|131k||Lapon (SS-260) underway off the California coast following an overhaul at Mare Island CA. Navy Yard. 11 January 1944.||Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|106k||Stern view of the Lapon (SS-260) departing Mare Island on 11 January 1944.||USN photo # 247-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|153k||Port side view of the Lapon (SS-260) underway off the California coast following an overhaul at Mare Island CA. Navy Yard, 11 January 1944. She was at the yard from 13 November 1943 until 22 January 1944.||USN photo # 249-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|109k||Bow on view of the Lapon (SS-260) departing Mare Island on 11 January 1944. The Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) is to the left at her outfitting berth.||USN photo 291-44, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|1.61k||Lapon (SS-260), at left and Raton (SS-270) tied up along side each other at Fremantle, Western Australia, June 1944. The reason for the unfriendly looks are as follows: On 27 May, Raton's ship's log reported: "0615 (H) Ship shaken up considerably by either two underwater explosions or by striking submerged object. People in forward torpedo room thought we had struck something or had been struck by something." This turned out to be 2 torpedoes fired by Lapon. Lapon was looking for a Japanese submarine passing through the area and mistook Raton for that enemy sub. The Commanding officer checked fire on the second set of torpedoes realizing he wasn't shooting at the enemy. Later dry-dock inspection of Raton showed dents where the torpedoes hit. This is the only known friendly fire incident in World War II between two submarines.||Image scanned from United States Submarine Operation in World War II by Theodore Roscoe via Robert Hurst|
|116k||Lapon (SS-260) arriving home after another patrol, circa 1945.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|213k||Broadside view of Lapon (SS-260) off Mare Island on 8 April 1945. She was in overhaul at the shipyard from 31 January until 22 April 1945.||USN photo # 2500-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|237k||Bow on view of Lapon (SS-260) off Mare Island on 8 April 1945.||USN photo # 2501-45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|139k||Radar revolutionized tactics. At Mare Island on 20 April 1945, Lapon (SS-260) shows the vertical antenna of her ST range-only radar (the strip under the window of her forward periscope). Her new radar mast, aft, shows an SD air warning antenna, soon to replaced by SV. Note the revised forward end of her bridge fairwater, with a single gun access trunk.||U.S. Navy photo. Text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
|43k||Battleflag of the Lapon (SS-260), 1945.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|1.90k||16 page PDF of submarines named Lapon.||Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|140k|| Five Atlantic Reserve Fleet subs in mothballs at New London CT., late 1940's: |
Lapon (SS-260) and unidentified sub.
|Text courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
|449k||Groups of American sailors at the Portsmouth Navy Yard leisurely standing on the deck of two submarines, the Lapon (SS-260), and Billfish (SS-286), both flying Japanese Pennant String Flags, circa late 1940s.||Photo by The Montifraulo Collection/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.|
|862k||Lapon (SS-260), probably when she was recommissioned at Kittery, ME, 13 April 1957.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|743k||Capt. Lowell Thornton Stone, USN WWII Commanding Officer of the Lapon (SS-260). Awarded the Navy Cross and two Silver Stars while CO.
He is serving here as the Commander of SubPac Admin at Mare Island. He is pictured with CDR William R. Anderson, Commanding Officer of Nautilus (SSN-571) on 20 May 1958 during the boats short visit to the shipyard.
|Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|365k||This plaque was unveiled 20 March 1995 by His Excellency Major General P.M. Jeffery OA MC, Governor of Western Australia to commemorate the sacrifices made by Allied submarines that operated out of Fremantle, Western Australia during WW II.||Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory).|
|160k||Poseidon (Y-16), ex- Lapon (SS-260). She also bore the pendant number S-78. Picture taken in 1960.||Partial text courtesy of CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.)
Photo courtesy of Tony Vrailas.
|1.23k||Poseidon (S-78), ex- Lapon (SS-260) in 1961.||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.|
|507k||Two views of Poseidon (S-78) in 1969.||Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo, & insert (courtesy of Aldo Fraccarole) via Robert Hurst.|
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