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Patch on left contributed by Mike Smolinski, on right by Y.M.Umar, CPO (Ret.), Turkish Navy

Brill (SS-330)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Bravo - November

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 23 September 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 25 June 1944; Commissioned USS Brill (SS-330), 26 October 1944; Brill underwent overhaul at San Francisco at San Francisco, CA between 29 September 1947 and 24 February 1948. After overhaul, Brill made port call at New London, CT and departed for Izmir, Republic of Turkey. Brill decommissioned on 23 May 1948; struck from the Naval Vessel Registry (NVR) and transferred as "Grant-in-Aid" to the Turkish Navy. Commissioned in Turkish Navy as TCG1 Inonu (D-1) on 25 May 1948. Re numbered (S-17) 1955 and on 1959 accordance with the NATO pendant system, renumbered TCG1 Inonu (S-330).
Inonu received Guppy I interior modifications at Golcuk Naval Yard in Turkey and remaining snorkel modification was conducted at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1953. Decommissioned 29 November 1972 from Turkish Navy and probably returned to U. S. custody for Disposition. Fate unknown. Brill earned one battle star 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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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 #: 080-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 #: 080-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.
Brill 24k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Brill's (SS-330) launching, 25 June 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Brill 137k Brill (SS-330) port side view underway, circa 1944-48, location unknown. Courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
Lizardfish and friends 40k From inboard of the submarine tender Sperry (AS-12), to outboard: Tilefish (SS-307), Brill (SS-330), Trepang (SS-412), Jallao (SS-368), Spot (SS-413) and Lizardfish (SS-373), late 1945 - early 46. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Brill 98k Brill (SS-330) 9 October 1947. At this point in the boat's history, Brill was commencing overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard from 29 September until 24 February 1948. USN photo. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Brill 20k Brill (SS-330) sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, circa 1947-48. Courtesy of subnet.com.
Brill 611k Brill (SS-330) possibly off the New England coast before her decommissoning. USN photo # NPC 1041898 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 06/30/10.
Brill 200k Brill (SS-330) during her 1948 refit. She commenced overhaul at San Francisco Naval Shipyard 29 September and departed 24 February 1948 for New London, Conn., where she arrived 16 March 1948. Brill was decommissioned 23 May 1948 and turned over to Turkey the same day. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of San Francisco Examiner via David S. Smith, text courtesy of DANFS.
TCG I Inonu (S-330)
Brill 232k The currently marked ex-Brill (SS-330), named but not numbered as the Birinci Inonu, in Valetta Harbor, Malta on 23 May 1948 on the way to Izmir for decommissioning from USA, with American crew. Photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org. Photo i.d. courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Brill 164k Port side view of the Inonu (D-1), in Valetta Harbor, Malta, 1952. Photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org. Photo i.d. courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Brill 117k Inonu (D-1) on training 1954. Photo 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.no"nu" (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.
Brill 120k Inonu (S-17) after fleet snorkel modification, 1955. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Brill 136k Inonu (S-17) on sea trials, 1958. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Brill 138k Inonu (S-330) after alteration on overhaul at Charleston, USA, 1960. Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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