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Carp (SS-338) (AGSS-338) (IXSS-338)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Charlie - Romeo

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 23 December 1943, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 12 November 1944; Commissioned, USS Carp (SS-338), 28 February 1945; Converted to a Fleet Snorkel submarine in February 1952; Redesignated Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-338) on 1 May 1968; Redesignated Miscellaneous Submarine (IXSS-338) on 30 June 1971; Struck from the Naval Register, 20 December 1971; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping on July 26 1973 to Tug Leasing Co., New London, CT for $ 86,898.91. The conning tower pressure hull of the Carp still exists, and has been donated to Seawolf Park, Galveston TX. Carp earned one battle star for her World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves (of blessed memory), Hal Taft, Bill Kyle ET1(SS) Retired, & Yves Hubert.

As built to the 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 main generator engines., GM diesel, HP 5400, fuel capacity, 118,000 gal., four main GE motors with 2,740 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Carp130kThe Carp (SS-338) slides down the building ways, 12 November 1944. Electric Boat photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
58k The Carp (SS-338) was sponsored by Mrs. Stella Ostendorf Hess, wife of the Congressmen from Ohio's 2nd Congressional district. Aside from her gravesite, I haven't found any photos of her, but her husband wasn't camera shy. Photo courtesy of
Carp17kCommemorative postal cover marking the Carp's (SS-338) commissioning at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 28 February 1945. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Carp232kPhoto of CDR James L. Hunnicutt, USNR awarded the Navy Cross as Commanding Officer of Carp (SS-338) for her first war patrol for the period of 8 June 1945 to 2 August 1945. He was awarded the Silver Star of his action as Assistant Approach Officer aboard Tinosa (SS-283) between 29 March to 15 May 1944. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Carp90kStern view of Carp (SS-338) off Mare Island on 6 January 1947. USN photo # 152-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Carp100kBroadside view of Carp (SS-338) off Mare Island on 6 January 1947. She was under repair at the yard from 15 October 1946 until 17 January 1947. USN photo # 154-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Carp107kBow on view of Carp (SS-338) departing Mare Island on 6 January 1947. USN photo # 156-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
595k Carp (SS-338) about to go under a bridge (Note shadows of suspension cables) likely the Golden Gate circa 1947-1950.
In this post-war photo she is carrying the SV air-search radar, a very late war change from the SD. The Type 3 was unique to the EB/Manitowoc boats, with the Government and Cramp boats having Type 1 or 4 configurations. A handful of the EB and Manitowoc boats carried the Type 2, which had the SJ forward, but the aft SD mast was very thin, similar to the SJ mast. Note that she has two of the 5"/25 caliber guns, and a 40 mm on each fairwater gun deck, a very typical late war gun outfit.
Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Carp117kCarp (SS-338) about to enter ARD-11 at Mare Island on 23 April 1948. She was in dock until 7 June 1948. Nepanet (YTB-189) on her starboard side and YTL-590 on her port side. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Carp1.35kCarp (SS-338) alongside Daniel A Joy (DE-585), 21 August 1948 in San Francisco. Daniel A Joy was assigned to the 12th Naval District for duty as a Naval Reserve training vessel. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Carp52kCarp (SS-338) commanded by CDR J.M. Palmer, operated in the Chukchi Sea above the Arctic Circle, 1948. USN photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory via Dr. W.K. Lyon.
SubRonFive 2.48k Note that the last 2 submarines positions are incorrectly labeled in the photo, but are listed correctly here.
SubRonFive picture 30 December 1949 featuring from upper left corner to right: Florikan (ASR-9), Pomodon (SS-486), Volador (SS-490), Catfish (SS-339), Cusk (SS-348), Diodon (SS-349), Carp (SS-338), Carbonero (SS-337), & Nereus (AS-17).
Text I.D. courtesy of John Spivey.
USN photo courtesy of
Carp174k The Carp (SS-338) is seen undocking from dry dock #1 at Mare Island on 30 March 1950. The photo was taken from building #164. USN photo # 5823-3-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Carp81k The former and new Commanding Officers of Carp (SS-338) read their orders during the change of command ceremonies at Mare Island on 1 June 1950. USN photo # 6322-6-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Carp2.16kNaval Reservists during training cruise on Carp (SS-338), December 1950. Seaman Don Swinney is being checked out on operation of a periscope by Lieutenant Commander A. G. Plemons, Commanding Officer of the boat. USN photo # 80-G-425204 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Carp158kCarp (SS-338) getting some work done on her conning tower. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
2.00kCarp (SS-338) after WWII modernization but before fleet snorkel conversion. Photo courtesy of the Ted Stone Collection, The Mariners Museum, Newport News,. VA. via Robert E. Porterfield.
Carp151kCarp (SS-338), at Navy Pier in San Diego on 4-7-53 after returning from 6 months WesPac deployment. Courtesy of Forrest J. Watson, ex ET- 2(SS).
Carp585kCarp (SS-338) entering the Pearl Harbor Sub Base pens in December 1955. Copyrighted photo courtesy of Captain J. Wood, USN (Retired),formerly of AM3 with VF-114 on the USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) & submitted by Jim Converse.
Carp668kCarp (SS-338) entering the Pearl Harbor Sub Base pens in December 1955. Copyrighted photo courtesy of Captain J. Wood, USN (Retired), formerly of AM3 with VF-114 on the USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) & submitted by Jim Converse.
Sabalo 88k The Carp (SS-338) is pictured here in 1956 being painted (reason for hull number not being visible). The Sabalo (SS-302) to left in photo & Diodon (SS-349) is to the right. Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Carp194kGood view of the descending limber holes of the Carp (SS-338). Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Carp241kUnder the hood.
All these photos show induction and exhaust piping for the main engines. I will assume that these shots are of the Carp (SS-338). In several of these shots you can see the open after engine room hatch.
Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi. Text i.d. courtesy of David Johnston
Carp285kOverhaul in March 1959. Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Carp201kClean hands on emerging from below. Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Carp177kThis lady definitely looks better fully dressed. Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Carp130kThis photo shows her sail and from aft to forward the masts are the snorkel exhaust, snorkel induction, and the electronic surveillance measures (ESM) mast that is topped with the AS-944/BLR array.
The short mast with the wire loop is the radio directional finder (DF) loop that by this time was doubling as a VLF communications antennae. It could receive VLF signals while the boat was submerged.
Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Greenfish 118k Three different bow views of fleet boats.
Greenfish (SS-351) is the outboard boat in the photo.
The boat with the sonar dome on the bow is the Fleet Snorkel boat Sterlet (SS-392). In 1955, she was fitted with a BQR-4A sonar similar to the SSK conversions, but she retained all six forward torpedo tubes (unlike the SSK conversions, which lost the upper two), was not silenced to the extent that the SSK's were, and retained all four engines. Sea Owl (SS-405) and Piper (SS-408) received similar installations. These three boats were never redesignated as SSK. They can be easily distinguished from the SSK conversions because the sonar dome was raised above the deck level. The SSK's dome was flush with the main deck. This is why they lost the upper two torpedo tubes.
Carp (SS-338) is the next boat inboard.
Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi. Photo & text i.d. courtesy of David Johnston
Carp200kStern view of four boats tied up in Pearl Harbor about 1959. Inboard to outboard are the Sabalo (SS-302), Carp (SS-338), Sterlet (SS-392) & Greenfish (SS-351). Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Carp227kInverse of the above photo shows a partial bow view of Sabalo (SS-302),Carp (SS-338), Sterlet (SS-392) & Greenfish (SS-351). Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Carp146kPair of Carp's (SS-338). Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
4.75kCarp (SS-338) after snorkel conversion but before 1960 yard period. Coutesy of the Ted Stone Collection, The Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA. via Robert E. Porterfield.
Blenny & CO 143k Mixed bag of boats from different bases moored together possibly at the Key West Naval Base or at Roosevelt Roads, P.R.
From left to right & front to back: From New London with the eight ball plaque of subron 8; Blenny (SS-324); from Key West with the subron 12 plaque: Grenadier (SS-525); from Norfolk with the subron 6 plaque; Carp (SS-338) & again from Key West; the Balao (SS-285) tied up to the pier. Behind them and from Charleston with subron 4 is the Trigger (SS-564) and an unidentified boat.
Grenadier received her high sail in an overhaul in 1961-62. I found a picture of Blenny that showed her with a high sail that was dated 18 April 1966. All of the boats in the photo were known to have been based in, or operating out of, Key West in the period of 1962-1966. Therefore, I can reliably conclude that this photo was taken between 1962 and 1966.
Grenadier and Balao (SS-285) participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis blockade in October, 1962. In November, Grenadier was one of several ships that participated in a maritime rights show of force exercise off Cuba. It is conceivable that these other boats were dispatched to the area as backup in case this exercise went south. So it's possible that this photo was taken during late 1962 during the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Photo by Tim "T-Spoon" Spoon & submitted by John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Text I.d. courtesy of John Hummel, Mike Keating & David Johnston (USN, retired)
Carp195kStarboard side view of the Carp (SS-338), underway, circa 1960's, place unknown. USN photo courtesy of
Sirago & Carp 50k Sirago (SS-485) and Carp (SS-338), in June 1965, at D&S piers, Norfolk VA. Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
2.28kCarp (SS-338) heads out into Hampton Roads, 28 September 1966. US Navy Photo KN-14051 via Robert E. Porterfield.
Carp287kSeven page PDF history of the Carp (SS-338), circa 1966. Photos courtesy of Scott Koen &
Billfish 42k Torsk (SS-423), Billfish (SS-286) & Carp (SS-338) moored together in Spring/Early Summer of 1968 @ Boston Navy Yard after Torsk's Decommisioning and before she was towed to Washington D.C. for use as a Reserve Trainer. Billfish or Carp was the training boat in Boston at the time. Photo i.d. courtesy of Larry Derouin. USN photo.
Carp113kPhoto of the last of the "ship keeper's" on Carp (SS-338). Carp is tied up at South Boston Navy Yard, 1970. Photo courtesy of Frank Hill EMC/SS who is looking over the right shoulder of the chief in blues. (Frank was the last person to ship over on the Carp). Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.

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