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Besugo (SS-321) (AGSS-321)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Alpha - Romeo

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 27 May 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 27 February 1944; Commissioned USS Besugo (SS-321), 19 June 1944; Decommissioned, 21 March 1958; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-321) in 1962; Recommissioned, 15 June 1965; Converted to Fleet Snorkel Submarine in 1966; Decommissioned and loaned to Italy, 31 March 1966; Returned to US Navy custody and struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1975; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Nita Perillo Fedele & Alfonso SpA in Genoa for $ 69,001.00 on 16 April 1976. Besugo earned 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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Besugo224kBesugo (SS-321) slides down the ways at Groton CT, 27 February 1944 at Electric Boat. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo11kCommemorative postal cover marking Besugo's (SS-321) launching, 27 February 1944 at Electric Boat. Courtesy of Jack Tretule.
Besugo349k Mrs. Peter J. Homer - Sponsor of the Besugo (SS-321) during her launching ceremony 27 February 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo140k Mrs. Peter J. Homer - Sponsor of the Besugo (SS-321) during her launching ceremony 27 February 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo315k First Commanding Officer of the Besugo (SS-321), Com. Thomas L. Wogan with his wife and their daughter Mary, during the boat's launching ceremony 27 February 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo295k The Sponsor's family at the launching of the Besugo (SS-321), 27 February 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo172kBesugo's (SS-321) Commander Wogan cutting the cake at the launch party 27 February 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo178k Original crew of the Besugo (SS-321). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo112kBesugo (SS-321) launch Party. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo194kBesugo (SS-321) launch Party, names unknown. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo280kBesugo (SS-321) moment of Christening. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo203kActual bottle and chest Mrs. Homer used to christen the Besugo (SS-321). The Bottle & Chest are in fine condition and in the possession of Ellen Heyniger, who is the sole surviving child of Mrs. Homer. These photos were taken January 14th, 2003. From the collection of Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo195kBesugo (SS-321) launch Party, names unknown. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo186kBesugo (SS-321) launch Party, names unknown. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo236k Besugo's (SS-321) crew. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo191k Officers of the Besugo (SS-321). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo192kUS Postal Covers – Besugo (SS-321) – day of launch. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo1.4k Newspaper article – Besugo (SS-321) – Com Wogan. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo1.0k Letter From Navy – Regarding Mrs. Homer’s selection as Sponsor of Besugo (SS-321). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo355kBesugo (SS-321) Sec. Of Navy letter to Mrs Homer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo211kBesugo (SS-321) crew and wives (Possibly original CPO's). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company, Mrs. Peter J. Homer & John Hummel.
Besugo1.40k Newspaper article on launch of Besugo (SS-321). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo98k Original Invitation to Launching of Besugo (SS-321). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo60kBesugo (SS-321) crew pose dockside in Fremantle, Austraila, 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of tripod.com
Besugo781k Official History of Besugo (SS-321). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo160k Newspaper article about SUGIE - Besugo's (SS-321) mascot. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Electric Boat Company & Mrs. Peter J. Homer.
Besugo58kOne of Besugo's (SS-321) battle flag, circa 44-45. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Besugo72kOne of Besugo's (SS-321) battle flag, circa 44-45. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Besugo53kBesugo (SS-321) entering Pearl Harbor, circa 44-45. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Besugo 178k Japanese landing ship HIJMS No.151 underway during full speed trials off Yugeshima, on 20 April 1944. She was torpedoed and sunk on 23 November 1944 by the submarine Besugo (SS-321) 20 m W of Palawan Island (11 degrees 22' N, 119 degrees 07' E).Photo source unknown via Robert Hurst.
Besugo 103k Type IXC/40 boat U-183 on the surface, location unknown. U-183 was torpedoed and sunk on 23 April 1945 by the submarine Besugo (SS-321) in the Java Sea.Photo source wikimapia.org via Robert Hurst.
Photo added 04/09/14.
Besugo394k Aft plan view of Besugo (SS-321) at Mare Island on 29 January 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 31 October 1945 to 9 February 1946. U.S. Navy photo # 324-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Besugo156k Forward plan view of Besugo (SS-321) at Mare Island on 29 January 1946. The Spadefish (SS-411) and Barbero (SS-317) are aft of Besugo. U.S. Navy photo # 325-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Besugo340kBesugo (SS-321) underway while armed with two 5"/25 deck guns, circa the later 1940s or early 1950s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 98360, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Besugo128kBesugo (SS-321) underway, circa the early or middle 1950s, while armed with one 5"/25 deck gun. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center on 30 June 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # NH 98361, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Tiru 597k The Tiru (SS-416) & Besugo (SS-321) in living color, 1954-57 at Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy of John Hummell.
Besugo94kBesugo (SS-321) circa 1957. Official U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Besugo85kBesugo (SS-321) underway off Point Loma, San Diego, California, 16 October 1957. All her deck guns had been removed by this time. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, # NH 98362, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Besugo108kThe Besugo (SS-321), drawn by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Photo courtesy of Navy Yard Associates.
Besugo10.6k116 page PDF of the Besugo's (SS-321) WW II History & War Patrols.PDF courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Francesco Morosini (S-508)
Italian boats228kFive Italian boats at Naples in 1968. From top to bottom:
Pietro Calvi (S-503), a former boat of WWII vintage – Italian built,
Alfredo Cappellini (S-507), ex-Capitaine (SS-336),
Francesco Morosini (S-508), ex-Besugo (SS-321),
Leonardo Da Vinci (S-510), ex-Dace (SS-247), &
Evangelista Torricelli (S-512), ex-Lizardfish (SS-373).
Photo courtesy of Maurizio Brescia Collection.
Besugo134k Francesco Morosini (S-508), ex-Besugo (SS-321) at Naples on 4th November 1968, taking part in the Naval Review held for the 50th anniversary of the end of WW II. Erminio Bagnasco Collection courtesy of Maurizio Brescia.
Besugo350k Francesco Morosini (S-508) in La Spezia, 5 October 1969.Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Besugo355k Francesco Morosini (S-508) in La Spezia, 5 October 1969.Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Besugo568k Francesco Morosini (S-508) in Genoa, 15 December 1972.Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.

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