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

Chub (SS-329)

Radio Call Sign: November - Juliet - Sierra - Alpha

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 16 September 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 18 June 1944; Commissioned USS Chub (SS-329), 21 October 1944; Under terms of Security Assistance Program, Chub was overhauled in San Francisco, CA; transited the Panama Canal; made a port call at New London, CT and sailed for Turkey. Chub Decommissioned at Ismir, Republic of Turkey on 23 May 1948 and was transferred as "Grant-in-Aid" to the Turkish Navy. Commissioned TCG Gur (D-4) on 25 May 1948. Renumbered (D-3) 1954, (S-20) 1955 and on 1959 accordance with the NATO pendant system, renumbered TCG Gur (S-334). Guppy I interior modifications performed at Golcuk Naval Yard, Turkey with remaining snorkel conversion conducted at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 5 March through 3 September 1954. Decommission from Turkish Navy on 12 December 1975. Returned to U. S. custody on unknown date and sold for scrap. Purported but not substantiated being used as NRT trainer in Tacoma, WA until stricken 01.05.1976. Sold to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR for $ 55,459.00 22 May 1976.
Chub earned three battle stars for her World War II service.
Researched by CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.) & Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret), Turkish Navy for NavSource.

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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Chub 41k A Chub, Leuciscus cephalus. Courtesy of freshwater-fishing-guide.com.
Electric Boat 140k Trains brought the building material for submarine construction at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., circa summer 1943, possibly for the following boats:
Chub (SS-329),
Brill (SS-330),
Bugara (SS-331),
Bullhead (SS-332),
Bumper (SS-333),
Cabezon (SS-334),
Dentuda (SS-335),
Capitaine (SS-336), or
Carbonero (SS-337).
Photo from the Photo Essay How To Build A Submarine at Electric Boat Co. New London, Conn.
Photographer: Bernard Hoffman, courtesy of life.time.com
Electric Boat 493k Steel under giant rolls being shaped for submarine construction at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., circa August 1943, probably for one of the following boats:
Chub (SS-329),
Brill (SS-330),
Bugara (SS-331),
Bullhead (SS-332),
Bumper (SS-333),
Cabezon (SS-334),
Dentuda (SS-335),
Capitaine (SS-336), or
Carbonero (SS-337).
NARA FILE #: 80-G-468488, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR.
Photo # HD-SN-99-02475, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Electric Boat 571k Welders work on hull of new submarine at Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., circa August 1943. This sub is probably one of the following:
Chub (SS-329),
Brill (SS-330),
Bugara (SS-331),
Bullhead (SS-332),
Bumper (SS-333),
Cabezon (SS-334),
Dentuda (SS-335),
Capitaine (SS-336), or
Carbonero (SS-337).
NARA FILE #: 80-G-468489, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR.
Photo # HD-SN-99-02474, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Chub 21k Commemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of the Chub (SS-329), 16 September 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. Note that the boat's name is spelled with 2 b's. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Chub 683k A 1,500 ton Chub (SS-329) is launched on 18 June 1944. USN photo # 80-G-448200 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Chub 16k Commemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Chub (SS-329), 18 June 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Chub 73k Overhead view of the Chub (SS-329) underway, probably during her trials off the Atlantic coast, summer 1944. Courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org
Chub 183k Bow view of the Chub (SS-329) underway with a boiling wake, probably during her trials off the Atlantic coast, summer 1944. Courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org
Chub 260k Stern view of the Chub (SS-329) probably during her trials off the Atlantic coast, summer 1944. Courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org
Chub 60k Starboard quarter view of the Chub (SS-329) underway, circa 1946. USN photo.
Chub494kChub (SS-329) underway under Lions Gate Bridge at Vancouver BC on 27 August 1947. Note that the boat still carries her WW2 deck gun armament. Walter E. Frost Photographer, Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-8698 courtey of Mike Green.
Photo added 04/28/17.
Chub 227k The Chub (SS-329) departs Mare Island on 3 March 1948 on her way to transfer to the Turkish Navy. USN photo # 298-3-48, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Chub 10.7k Chub's (SS-329) 129 pages PDF history. Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Fremantle 365k This plaque was unveiled 20 March 1995 by His Excellency Major General P.M. Jeffery OA MC, Govenor of Western Australia to commemeorate the sacrifices made by Allied submarined that operated out of Fremantle, Western Australia during WW II. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves.
TCG Gur (S-334)
Gur 104k Stern view of the Gur (D-3) after Snorkel overhaul off Phila. Nava Yard, 3 September 1954. USN photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Gur 125k Broadside view of the Gur (D-3) after Snorkel overhaul off Phila. Nava Yard, 3 September 1954. USN photo # NY4-6499-9-54, courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Gur 120k Starboard bow view of the Gur (D-3) after Snorkel overhaul off Phila. Nava Yard, 3 September 1954. USN photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Gur 96k Bow view of the Gur (D-3) after Snorkel overhaul off Phila. Nava Yard, 3 September 1954. USN photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Gur 285k Article and photo from the PNY base newspaper, the "Beacon", picturing the Gur (D-3) on 5 March 1954 off Phila. Nava Yard. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Gur 159k Gur (D-3) Petty officers visited Philadelphia while in snorkel overhaul, 17 April 1954. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Chub92kThe TCG Gur (D-3) saluting the Presidental boat in front of the Dolmabahce Plaice, Istanbul in 1954.In the very rear distance is Rumeli Castle. Official Turkish Navy photo from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1956-57 courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo i.d. & text 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.
Sea Fox 69k The Gur (S-334) underway in Valletta Harbour, Malta, circa 1958. Photo courtesy of A. & J. Pavia in Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59 Edition" via Robert Hurst.
Gur 59k Chief Electric EMCPO Yasar Sirin and EMPO2 Sait Kucuk on the deck of Gur (S-334) in 1961. The boat is in a nest of submarines with the Sub tender Erkin. The 5 inch deck gun is visible between the two men on the deck. Photo 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.
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 Pirireis (Y-1242) as Facility charging boat, the ex-Mapiro (SS-376).
Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Gur 162k The Gur (S-334) in the Med, 1974. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk CPOS (Ret.),Turkish Navy.

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