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Capitaine (SS-336) (AGSS-336)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Charlie - India

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 2 December 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 1 October 1944; Commissioned USS Capitaine (SS-336), 26 January 1945;Decommissioned, 10 February 1950; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group; In movie "In Harm's Way" w/John Wayne 1956.Recommissioned 23 February 1957; Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-336), 1 July 1960; Decommissioned, 4 March 1966; Transferred (loaned) to Italy, 5 March 1966;& renamed Alfredo Cappellini (S-507) (S-507). Sold to Italy and struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1977; Final Disposition, Sold outright 12-5-77. Capitaine earned one battle star for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.) & Yves Hubert.

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.
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, #: 080-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, #: 080-G-468489, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Charles Fenno Jacobs, USNR., from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Capitaine19kCommemorative post mark on the occasion the keel laying of the Capitaine (SS-336), 2 December 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Capitaine18kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Capitaine's (SS-336) launching, 1 October 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Capitaine73kCapitaine (SS-336), painted in overall grey of Measure 10 July, 1945.US National Archive photo # 80-6-1042969.
Capitaine719k5 page PDF history of the Capitaine (SS-336) 2 war patrols. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 08/20/14.
Capitaine211k Stern view of Capitaine (SS-336) off Mare Island on 17 December 1946. USN photo # 4008-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Capitaine221k Broadside view of Capitaine (SS-336) off Mare Island on 17 December 1946. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 October 1946 to 2 January 1947. USN photo # 4010-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Capitaine211k Bow on view of Capitaine (SS-336) departing Mare Island on 17 December 1946. USN photo # 4010-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Capitaine34kCapitaine (SS-336), with a deceptive camouflage paint scheme, heads out to sea trials after her September 1947 refit.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Capitaine134kStarboard side view of the Capitaine (SS-336), probably off the coast of California, 1949.US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Capitaine24kPort side view of the Capitaine (SS-336), probably off the coast of California, 1949.US Navy photo courtesy of uboat.net.
Capitaine28kCapitaine (SS-336), underway, probably off the coast of California, 1949.US Navy photo courtesy of subnet.com.
Capitaine91k Capitaine (SS-336) appears in this photo without deck-guns, 11 April 1949.US Navy photo.
Capitaine196k Photo of the decommissioning ceremonies aboard Capitaine (SS-336) at Mare Island Reserve Fleet on 10 February 1950. USN photo # 5411-2-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet 173k Submarines aft of unidentified submarine in foreground at Mare Island Reserve Fleet on 28 September 1950 are:
Left to right: Dragonet (SS-293), Menhaden (SS-377), Mapiro (SS-376), Seahorse (SS-304), Sand Lance (SS-381), Batfish (SS-310), Capitaine (SS-336), Pipefish (SS-388) and Manta (SS-299).
U.S. Navy photo # 6988-9-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Capitaine177k LT Eugene Dente reads his as he assumes command of the Capitaine (SS-336) at Mare Island on 26 February 1957. Officer in background are from left to right: Capt. R. K. McClain (COMAREAGRU PACRESFLT), RADM Martin J. Lawrence (Commandant. Mare Island Naval Shipyard), Capt. J. E. Lee (COMSUBFLOTONE), and CDR James S. Farris (Mare Island Chaplain). USN photo # 33144-2-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Capitaine176kBow on view of Capitaine (SS-336) departing Mare Island on 8 March 1957. USN photo # 33640-3-57, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Capitaine286k Capitaine (SS-336), 23 June 1957. From her base at San Diego, she took part in training, served other fleet units as target in antisubmarine exercises, and training reservists, as well as voyaging to the Far East for 7th Fleet duty, through 1960. Text courtesy of DANFS.
US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Unknown Photos289kCapitaine (SS-336) plays with a P3V during the summer of 1960.Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.(USNR).
US Navy photo # USN 750612 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Capitaine1.12k An unnumbered Capitaine (SS-336) is buoyed by her surroundings.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 08/20/14.
Capitaine450kWelcome Aboard the Capitaine (SS-336), circa 1962.US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Alfredo Cappellini (S-507)
Lizardfish 384k Alfredo Cappellini (S-507), ex-Capitaine (SS-336) is inboard of the Evangelista Torricelli (S-512) at La Spezia, Italy, 26-08-69. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
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.
Capitaine36k The ex-Capitaine (SS-336), now in service to the Italian Navy as the Alfredo Cappellini (S-507), circa 1968.Photo courtesy of Jane's Fighting Ships, & submitted by Robert Hurst.
Chub 769k A whopping Alfredo Cappellini (S-507) makes it way through Italian waters. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org via Stephen Gower.

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