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Dentuda (SS-335) (AGSS-335)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Echo

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 18 November 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 10 September 1944; Commissioned USS Dentuda (SS-335), 30 December 1944; Decommissioned, 11 December 1946 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel in the 12th Naval District, (Hunters Point Navy Shipyard); Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-335) in 1962; Placed out of service, 30 June 1967; Struck from the Naval Register, 12 February 1969; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 February 1969. to Zidell Explorations of Portland OR. for $55,459.00. Dentuda earned one battle star for World War II service.

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.
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).
Photo from NARA, #: 80-G-468488, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR., 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).
Photo from NARA, #: 80-G-468489, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR., from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
keels 16k Commemorative postal cover marking the twin laying of the keels of the Cabezon (SS-334) & Dentuda (SS-335), 18 November 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Dentuda 632k Dentuda (SS-335) slides down the launching ways at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT., 10 September 1944. USN photo # 80-G-448207 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Dentuda 19k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Dentuda's (SS-335) launching at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT., 10 September 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Menhaden 285k Admiral's farewell. Taking command as CinCPac in January 1942, Admiral Nimitz raised his flag on the Grayling (SS-209). He relinquishes command (scene above) boarding the Menhaden (SS-377) to haul down his flag on 24 November 1945. The Dentuda (SS-335) is on the other side of the wharf. The ship at the end of the pier is the Begor (APD-127).
Note: Quite a few people participated in trying to identify the Dentuda. Special thanks go to Ira M. King for finally identifying the boat, Dave Carpenter, Les Guille, Dave McClintock Jr., Jim Clepper, O.H. Wright & Dave Johnston & Darryl L. Baker & Aryeh Wetherhorn.
USN photo # USN 31998, courtesy of George Scheer & Darryl L. Baker via Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pacific Reserve Fleet 278k Three veterans of Operation Crossroads are shown at Mare Island on 17 October 1946 in the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Left to right: Dentuda (SS-335), Searaven (SS-196) and Tuna (SS-203); Parche (SS-384) is aft of these three. Bluegill (SS-242) and Hackleback (SS-295) are to the left. USN photo # 3618-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Dentuda 262k Portside view of the Dentuda (SS-335) pulling into Hunters Point 1946. Courtesy of John Hummel & Robert Hurst.
Dentuda 632k Dentuda (SS-335) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard (Hunters' Point). She was a dockside trainer for submariners at this time. USN Photo from the 12th Naval District, courtesy of David Buell.
Dentuda 598k "San Bruno Cub Scout Pack 72 poses for this group picture on the bow of the submarine, Dentuda (SS-335) following a tour of the "boat" during their visit to San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Saturday 16 April '55. The boys also were taken on a motor tour of the entire shipyard and shown the newest film of the submarine service". USN Photo from the 12th Naval District, courtesy of David Buell.

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