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Chivo (SS-341)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Delta - Lima

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 21 February 1944, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 14 January 1945; Commissioned USS Chivo (SS-341), 28 April 1945; Converted to a Guppy type submarine at New London, CT., from October 1950 to July 1951; Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred (sold) to Argentina, under terms of the Security Assistance Program, 1 July 1971, renamed Santiago del Estero (S-22); Decommissioned, by the Argentine Navy in January 1981; Final Disposition, disposed of in 1983.

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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Chivo 20k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the keel laying of the Chivo (SS-341) at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT., 21 February 1944. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Chivo 21k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Chivo's (SS-341) launching, 14 January 1945. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Chivo 101k Christening of the Chivo (SS-341) by Mrs. Raymand Baldwin, 14 January 1945 at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. US Navy / Electric Boat photo courtesy of usschivo.org via Bill Gonyo.
Chivo 98k Chivo's (SS-341) Sponsor party; Mr L.Y. Spear & Gov. & Mrs. Raymand Baldwin, 14 January 1945 at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. US Navy / Electric Boat photo courtesy of usschivo.org via Bill Gonyo.
Chivo 80k Chivo (SS-341), sliding down the ways 14 January 1945. US Navy / Electric Boat photo courtesy of usschivo.org via Bill Gonyo.
Chivo 98k Chivo (SS-341) moored in Pearl Harbor with her decks awash. Skipjack (SS-184) & Parche (SS-384) moored off to the side, 1945. US Navy photo courtesy of Medzius & usschivo.org via Bill Gonyo.
Chivo 20k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Chivo's (SS-341) commissioning, 28 April 1945. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Chivo 199k While the Chivo (SS-341) was preparing for her first war patrol, hostilities ended; the boat then remained at Pearl Harbor, operating locally with other ships of the Pacific Fleet. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Chivo 74k Capt. William Rolston Cruthcer commissioned the Chivo (SS-341). After shakedown and torpedo trials, Chivo departed New London 7 June 1945 for Key West where she trained and exercised briefly at the sound school and experimental torpedo range, before sailing on to Pearl Harbor in company with Requin (SS-481) and Redfish (SS-395). While preparing for her first war patrol, hostilities ended and Chivo remained at Pearl Harbor, operating locally with other ships of the Pacific Fleet. Assigned to Submarine Squadron Seven, the submarine returned to the west coast in October, basing out of San Diego for local operations which continued until January 1946, when Chivo sailed for a short tour of duty operating out of Subic Bay in the Philippines. Returning to San Diego in May, the submarine exercised along the west coast for the next 15 months, a period culminating in an overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Growing tensions in Asia, provoked in part by French conflict with the Vietminh in Indochina and disagreements over the future of Korea, encouraged the Navy to conduct more realistic training for submariners. As part of this general approach, Chivo began a three-month simulated war patrol in August 1947 which took her to Suva, Fiji Islands; Guam; and Japan; before she arrived back at San Diego in November. He continued to conduct West coast duty until relived in 1948. Official US Navy photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo. Partial Text courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Chivo 90k A colorful Chivo (SS-341) enters San Diego Harbor, late 1945. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 66k Chivo (SS-341) at Pearl Harbor H.I. 1945....rocket launchers on deck. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 145k Back business side of the Chivo (SS-341) in dry dock, 1946. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 385k Chivo (SS-341) in Dry dock at Pearl Harbor, 1946. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 62k Stern view of the Chivo (SS-341), circa mid / late 1940's, off the Hawaiian coast. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Chivo 52k Portside view of the Chivo (SS-341), circa mid / late 1940's, off the Hawaiian coast. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Pomodon 165k Aft plan view of Pomodon (SS-486) during her Guppy conversion at Mare Island on 16 May 1947. Bow of the Chivo (SS-341) is visible to the right. USN Photo # 987-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Pomodon 224k Forward plan view of Pomodon (SS-486) during her Guppy conversion at Mare Island on 16 May 1947. Chivo (SS-341) and Chopper (SS-342) are aft of Pomodon. USN Photo # 988-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Chivo 119k Stern view of Chivo (SS-341) off Mare Island on 23 July 1947. US Navy photo # 1431-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Chivo 101k Broadside view of Chivo (SS-341) off Mare Island on 23 July 1947. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 20 February to 23 July 1947. US Navy photo # 1433-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Chivo 122k Bow on view of Chivo (SS-341) departing Mare Island on 23 July 1947. Spangler (DE-696) is docked in ARD-11 to the right of Cusk (SS-348). US Navy photo # 1436-47, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Chivo 151k Starboard quarter view of the Chivo (SS-341), underway, circa 1945-50, off the Hawaiian coast. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Chivo 61k Chivo (SS-341) radio room in 1947. I see a RAL, and RAK side by side, to the left on the an RBS big blob. On the right is a TBL. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sennet 85k Boats docked pierside in 1952. From inboard to outboard:
Sennet (SS-408) & what looks to be Chivo (SS-341).
Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 186k Chivo (SS-341) and Burrfish (SSR-312) in Marseilles France, 1952. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 192k Chivo (SS-341), after modernization with the Atlantic Fleet, 1953. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Chivo 57k Full frontal Chivo (SS-341), circa 1953. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 156k Portside view of the Chivo (SS-341), underway off Key West, early 50's. Photo courtesy of Skip Riser.
Corporal93kChivo (SS-341) & Corporal (SS-346), outboard of Bushnell (AS-15) at Keywest Fla, 1955. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Medregal726kFrom left to right:Mackerel (SST-1), unknown, Medregal (SS-480), Batfish (SS-310) & Chivo (SS-341) at Key West, 1955.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 82k Mackerel (SST-1) & Chivo (SS-341) on the way to Gulfport Mississippi, January February 1957. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 35k Chivo's (SS-341) snorkel mast, 1961. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 36k Starboard view of the Chivo (SS-341), after further modernization, circa 1960's. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Thornback 651k Birds of a feather not all flocking together: Mackerel (SST-1), Thornback (SS-418), Clamagore (SS-343) & Chivo (SS-341) with the Howard Gilmore (AS-16) in the distance. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Chivo 141k Chivo (SS-341) in Malta, 1965. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Bang 114k Bang (SS-385), preparing to tie up alongside Chivo (SS-341) at San Juan Naval Station, Puerto Rico, during Operation Springboard. Bang's Commanding Officer, Commander R.J. Carlin, is giving orders from atop her sail. Photograph by PHC "CJ" Wiitala, USN, released 14 March 1968 by Tenth Naval District Public Affairs Office. The bow of a Canadian Ojibwa class submarine is visible in the lower left, and a U.S. Coast Guard SA-16 "Albatross" amphibian is flying low in the center background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NH # 98697, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Bang 124k Bang (SS-385), comes alongside Chivo (SS-341) at San Juan Naval Station, Puerto Rico, during Operation Springboard. A Canadian Ojibwa class submarine is in the foreground. Photograph by PHC "CJ" Wiitala, USN, released 14 March 1968 by Tenth Naval District Public Affairs Office. Official U.S. Navy Photograph NH # 98698, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Chivo 383k Chivo (SS-341) at Ponta DelGada in the Azores during the search for the Scorpion (SSN-589), 1968. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Santiago del Estero (S-22)
Chivo 92k Portside view of the ex-Chivo (SS-341), Santiago del Estero (S-22) outboard of the destroyers ex-Braine (DD-630) now the Almirante Domecq Garcia and with ex-Perkins (DD-877), now the Comodoro Py, astern circa 1982, location unknown. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Chivo 150k Santiago del Estero (S-22) at Mar del Plata, circa 1982. Photo from histarmar.do.com courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo added 10/12/12.
Chivo 225k Portside view of the ex-Chivo (SS-341), Santiago del Estero (S-22) docked in the Mar del Plata, circa 1982. Photo courtesy of histarmar.com.ar.

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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
A Tale of Two Chivos
GuppySubmarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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