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Becuna (SS-319) (AGSS-319)

Radio Call Sign: November - Zulu - Quebec - Juliet

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 29 April 1943, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 30 January 1944; Commissioned USS Becuna (SS-319), 27 May 1944; Guppy I A conversion completed at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., November 1950 to August 1951; Reclassified Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-319) in 1969; Decommissioned, 7 November 1969; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Reverted to (SS-319) in 1971; Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1973; Final Disposition, placed on permanent display to Cruiser Olympia Assn. (now the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA.,) 21 June 1976. 21 July 1978, Dedicated as Submarine Memorial. Becuna received four battle stars for her World War II service. Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,242 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 6 Officers, 60 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines., General Motors diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity 118,000, four General Electric motors, HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Becuna21kCommemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of the Becuna (SS-319), 29 April 1943, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.Photo courtesy of petloveshack.com.
Becuna216kThe Becuna (SS-319) slides down the ways at her launching, 30 January 1944.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 05/16/14.
Becuna75kCommemorative postal cover marking Becuna's (SS-319) launching, 30 January 1944.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Becuna24kCommemorative postal cover marking Becuna's (SS-319) commissioning, 27 May 1944Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Becuna75kBecuna (SS-319), after commissioning in May 1944USN Archives photo # USN-189867. Courtesy of The Floating Drydock, "Fleet Subs of WW II", by Thomas F. Walkowiak.
Becuna200kBecuna (SS-319), starboard view entering Pearl Harbor, circa 1944. Note the battleship cage mast in the background. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, all the U.S. battleships were subsequently refitted and modernized, their cage masts going to harbor defense and the like.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna53kBecuna (SS-319) entering Pearl Harbor, circa 1944-45. Photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Becuna & Razorback59kBecuna (SS-319) & Razorback (SS-394) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1944-45.Photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Becuna69kBecuna (SS-319). The anchor is on the wrong side.
1. This is an EB design Balao class boat as indicated by the limber hole arrangement and the configuration of the shears and masts. Ric rightly pointed out that the anchor SHOULD be on the starboard side, but it isn't in this photo. Having just done a lot of research on the Balao's, I found that EB was very consistent in the placement of the anchor. It was an EB trademark of having the anchor on the starboard side.
2. The real giveaway is the location of the vertical oval shaped opening in the forward end of the conning tower fairwater. This opening led to the hatch for the gun access trunk, which bypassed the conning tower and led directly to the control room. Universally, for both the EB and the Government design this opening was on the PORT side of the fairwater.
So, we are actually looking at the port side of this boat, not the starboard. The image or the negative it came from was reversed. In looking at the photo and comparing it with others taken of the Becuna, I can find nothing that is inconsistant with known pictures of the Becuna in the late war/immediate post war period. While I can't be 100% sure, it would be reasonably safe to indeed call this pic the Becuna!
Text courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman & Dave Johnston (USNR).
Photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Becuna103k Stern view of Becuna (SS-319) departing Mare Island on 25 August 1947. US Navy photo # 1603-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Becuna101k Broadside view of Becuna (SS-319) departing Mare Island on 25 August 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 6 May to 22 September 1947. US Navy photo # 1605-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Becuna239k Bow on view of Becuna (SS-319) departing Mare Island on 25 August 1947. US Navy photo # 1607-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Becuna116kBecuna (SS-319) portside view underway, October 1949.USN photo # 408037 courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Becuna82kBecuna (SS-319) on marine railway with hole in sonar chin mount. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna134kBecuna (SS-319), starboard view underway, post 1951, location unknown.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna66kBecuna (AGSS-319) starboard view underway, at New London, CT. Tender in the background in Fulton (AS-11) with the State Pier in the background, post 1951. Photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Becuna47kPierside stern view of the Becuna (SS-319) at the Navy pier at Argentia, Newfoundland, circa 1953-54.Photo courtesy of James R. Madson.
Becuna & Pompon 669kBecuna (SS-319) and Pompon (SS-267), possibly during September and October 1957, when they participated in the large scale NATO exercise "Strikeback," visiting Clyde River, Scotland; LeHavre, France; and Portland, England. Photo courtesy of Gil Miller, photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel, text courtesy of DANFS.
Becuna51kA watercolor by the artist Richard C. Moore entitled "USS Becuna".
The Becuna (SS-319) is pictured in her GUPPY configuration as she exercises with ships of the fleet.
Photo courtesy of ship-paintings.com. Courtesy of the artist Richard C. Moore.
Becuna113kBow on view of the Becuna (SS-319), circa early 1960's.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Sea Owl107kSea Owl (SS-405) & Becuna (SS-319) at Genoa, Italy, 11 February 1962. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Becuna80kBecuna (SS-319) & Cobbler (SS-344) conduct a high line transfer, photo 1 of 2. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna76kBecuna (SS-319) & Cobbler (SS-344) conduct a high line transfer, photo 2 of 2. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna211kThe Becuna (SS-319) off Sub Base New London CT., 1963.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Triton 87k 1960's photo of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) with submarines alongside: Triton (SSRN-586), Sea Robin (SS-407), unknown SSK and Becuna (SS-319). Courtesy of John Hummel.
Becuna669kBecuna (SS-319) in April 1963 on a "Northern Run" in the Cabot Straits.Photo courtesy of Gil Miller.
Halfbeak49k From left to right, Sea Robin (SS-407) , Tusk (SS-426) , Sea Owl (SS-405), Sablefish (SS-303), Halfbeak (SS-352) , Blenny (SS-324) , & Becuna (SS-319) at New London, CT., in 1968 during change of command. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna84kBlenny (SS-324) and Becuna (SS-319) still in commission, but in the Philadelphia Naval Yard to decommission about 1969. Dogfish (SS-350) in background in for over haul. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Blenny24kBlenny (SS-324), in between the Tench (SS-417) (alongside pier)and Becuna (SS-319) at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Boats are in for de-commissioning, 7 November 1969. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna144kBecuna (SS-319), in drydock with the Tench (SS-417) in Phila., 1970.
The Paint Shop X-71, and the Riggers X-72 are getting the boats ready for sandblasting in Drydock # 1. The sailors you see are from the INACSHIPS doing guard duty. You'll note the DH shelters abaft the conning towers painted yellow.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired. Text I.d. submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.).
Becuna108kBecuna (SS-319), permanently moored at the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA, January 1998. To her port side is the old cruiser Olympia (C-6)Photo courtesy and copyright of Richard Leonhardt.
Becuna27kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of Sumbarine Day Station for the Becuna (SS-319) 11 April 2002.Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Becuna300kA local delicacy found at the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA., Becuna (SS-319) under glass.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna252kJohn Hummel in the conning tower of the Becuna (SS-319), June 2009.Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna207kA certificate for working the museum ships on the air event aboard the Cobia (SS-245) in June 2009. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Becuna527kGood look at the Radio shack on Becuna (SS-319),…the ham gear is all out of site. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Independence Seaport Museum - USS Becuna (SS-319) Exhibit
Guppy Submarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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