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Patch on left by Don McGrogan, on right by Y.M.Umar, CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.

Boarfish (SS-327)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Bravo - Kilo

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 12 August 1943, at Electric Boat Co., Groton CT.; Launched, 21 May 1944; Commissioned USS Boarfish (SS-327), 23 September 1944;
Under terms of Security Assistance Program, Boarfish underwent overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA in late 1947.
Upon completion of overhaul, Boarfish transited Panama Canal and sailed for Republic of Turkey where she Decommissioned at Ismir, Turkey; was struck from the Naval Vessel Registry and transferred to Turkish Navy as "Grant-in Aid".
Commissioned TCG Sakarya (D-3) on 25 May 1948. Renumbered (D-4) 1954, (S-19) 1955 and on 1959 accordance with the NATO pendant system, renumbered TCG Sakarya (S-332).
She received Guppy I interior modifications at Golcuk Naval Yard in Turkey and remaining snorkel modifications at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1953.
Decommissioned from Turkish Navy on 12 December 1975. Returned to U. S. custody for scrapping in 1980.
Boarfish received one battle star for her service in World War II.
Researched by CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.) & Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy for NavSource.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 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 66; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, one 4"/50 or 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, 5,400hp, fuel capacity, 118,000 gal., four General Electric main motors with 2,740hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.

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Boarfish 282k Beautiful day for a launch:Boarfish (SS-327) slides down the ways on 21 May 1944. USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Photo added 03/03/14.
Boarfish17k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of Boarfish's (SS-327) launching, 21 May 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Boarfish22k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of Boarfish's (SS-327) commissioning, 23 September 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Boarfish32kBoarfish (SS-327), possibly during her shakedown period off the New England coast, circa summer 1944.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Boarfish34kWatercolor of Boarfish's (SS-327) WW II patch.
Milton Caniff originally drew the design. He was the cartoonist who did "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip.
Courtesy of Gary Carlson.
Boarfish 1.55k Nine page PDF history of the Boarfish (SS-327). US Navy photo, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 03/03/14.
Blueback & Boarfish 421k Boarfish (SS-327) and Blueback (SS-326) are in dry dock at Mare Island on 12 June 1946. US Navy Photo # 2057-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Boarfish224kBow on view of Boarfish (SS-327) departing Mare Island on 9 August 1946. US Navy Photo # 2880-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Boarfish204k Broadside view of Boarfish (SS-327) off Mare Island on 9 August 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 14 May to 23 August 1946.US Navy Photo # 2882-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Boarfish219k Stern view of Boarfish (SS-327) departing Mare Island on 9 August 1946. US Navy Photo # 2884-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Boarfish122kBuilt by the Electric Boat Co., Boarfish (SS-327) displays the full length of her bilge keel and armament is the heaviest used on fleet type boats in this photo taken at Mare Island, 19 August 1946. Note the method of free flooding the superstructure and how it differs from the Portsmouth designed boats. Courtesy of Leeward Publications Ships Data #4, USS Bowfin, submitted by Aryeh (Lee) Wetherhorn.
Boarfish133k Boarfish (SS-327) in drydock at Mare Island, 19 August 1946. External features of the hull show clearly including the shutter doors for the forward torpedo tubes. Courtesy of Leeward Publications Ships Data #4, USS Bowfin, submitted by Aryeh (Lee) Wetherhorn.
Boarfish50k Boarfish (SS-327) 1946 photo probably off Mare Island during her refit. USN photo.
Boarfish477kCrew of the Boarfish (SS-327) pose for a post war photo in San Diego in 1946.
S1C H. R. Martell is circled in blue pen far right.
USN photo courtesy of his son, Curtis Martell.
Boarfish375kBoarfish (SS-327), Chukchi Sea, 1946.US Navy photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.
Boarfish79kStarboard view of the Boarfish (SS-327), possibly when she was in the San Diego area until 15 November 1947.Courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
TCG Sakarya (S-332)
Boarfish 137k Port bow view of the Sakarya (S-332) on 7 January 1954 after overhaul from PNS. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Sakarya 61k The Sakarya (S-332) on 7 January 1954 after overhaul from PNS. Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy. Photo i.d. courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
The Family 136k Turkish Family photo of Snorkeled Submarines June 1955. The boats were originally numbered with the letter D-#. After all the subs underwent snorkel conversion at Phila. Naval Ship Yard, their numerical was changed to S-#, which was still occurring when this photo was taken.
Submarines pictured from left to right outboard of their tender TCG Erkin:
Gur (S-20),
Cerbe (S-23),
I I.nn (D-1) (1 or 2 days later (S-17)]
Canakkale (S-21),
Sakarya (S-19),
Preveze (S-22) &
Inonu (S-18).

In the background are two floating drydocks and in the far right are 4 Ellyson Class Destroyers:
Gaziantep (D-344), {ex-Landsdowne (DD-486)}
Giresun (D-345), {ex-McCalla (DD-488)}
Gelibolu (D-346), {ex-Buchanan (DD-484)}
Gemlik (D-347), {ex-Lardner (DD-487)} and the Yavuz (C-11), ex-German Battlecruiser Goeben.
Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish115kEver changing numerical sequence on the Turkish boats; Sakarya (S-19) on 7 September 1956.Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Sakarya 74k Sakarya (S-332) crewmembers dockside.Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy. Photo i.d. courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish 26k Starboard broadside view of the Sakarya (S-332) during Patrol, 1958. Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish 214k Article from the PNSY newspaper, the "Beacon", detailing the current visit of two Turkish submarines at the Yard for overhaul, Sakarya (S-332) & Gur (S-334) on 18 May 1962. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Diablo 74k Sait Kucuk is backdroped from the deck of the Sakarya (S-332) at New London, Conn. 10 December 1962. Diablo (AGSS-479) & Sea Robin (SS-407) are in the background. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish 83k Morning roll call aboard the Sakarya (S-332). Photo courtesy of Cneyt Demir.
Boarfish 35k Commemorative postal cover on the occasion of something that happened to the ex-Boarfish (SS-327) in Turkish service as the Sakarya (S-332). Hopefully someone can translate this and let me know! Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish145kOff the Turkish coast in 1973.Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Family 67k Turkish submarine family photo shows the following six boats from pier to outboard:
Cerbe (S-341), ex-Hammerhead (SS-364),
Inonu (S-331), ex-Blueback (SS-326),
Gur (S-334), ex-Chub (SS-329),
Preveze (S-340), ex-Guitarro (SS-363),
Sakarya (S-332), ex-Boarfish (SS-327),
with Piri Reis (Y-1242) as Facility charging boat, the ex-Mapiro (SS-376).
Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish145k The last surface of the Sakarya (S-332) in Turkish service.Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Boarfish76kA week before towing to USA. 1980.Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.

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