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

Corporal (SS-346)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Echo - Mike

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 27 April 1944, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 10 June 1945; Commissioned USS Corporal (SS-346), 9 November 1945. Between February 1947 and March 1948, she received extensive modernization at Groton.
Corporal was first U. S. submarine to land a helicopter on her deck on 26 April 1956. While conducting Anti-Submarine Warfare exercises 18 miles off Key West, Florida, Corporal had just surfaced when the helicopter became disabled and successfully landed on her after deck and was transported back to Key West.
Decommissioned (date unknown), she entered Charleston Navy Yard, SC for GUPPY III modernization (adding 15 to hull to accommodate modern electronic equipment). Re-commissioned on 20 July 1962 and continued to operate in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico with routine deployments to the Mediterranean as a unit of the U. S. 6th Fleet.
On 21 November 1973 and in accordance with the terms of the Security Assistance Program, Corporal was simultaneously Decommissioned; struck from the U. S. Naval Vessel Registry (NVR); transferred as a cash sale to the Republic of Turkey and Commissioned TCG2 Inonu (S-333); in ceremonies at Groton.
Proceeding as a commissioned ship of the Turkish Navy, the Inonu conducted underway training and independent ship exercises off the U. S. coast before departing for her new home port at Golcuk Navy Yard, Turkey on 18 December 1973. Arriving in Turkey on 15 January 1974, she operated in the Turkish Submarine Forces until she was Decommissioned on 2 September 1996.
Final disposition and fate unknown.
Researched by CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret) 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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Corporal37k Corporal (SS-346) sliding down the launching ways at Electric Boat, 10 June 1945. USN photo courtesy of ss346.com.
Corporal146kThrongs of Cubans turn out to see the Corporal (SS-346) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1946. The ship to her right side might be the Fairview (PCER-850). She operated in the Gulf of Mexico between 25 February 1946 and 1947. She took part in antisubmarine warfare projects and fleet exercises off Florida and Bermuda and in the Caribbean until returning to Groton, Conn. 26 February 1947. USN photo by John B. Cavanagh, submitted by Bob Machen, EM1(SS) ret. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Corporal66k Corporal (SS-346) post circa 1949 underway off Key West.
She continued to conduct training and join in exercises off Florida and in the Caribbean until her first tour of duty in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet from 16 July 1952 to 15 October.
USN photo from Jane's Fighting Ships, courtesy of Robert Hurst. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Corporal 534k Broadside view of the Corporal (SS-346), probably off Key West, Florida on 21 March 1951. USN photo # USN 444104 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Corporal146k Corporal (SS-346) 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.
Corporal219kHelicopter percehed on the Corporal (SS-346), 1956.USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Corporal117kDarter (SS-576) & Corporal (SS-346) & Sennet (SS-408) outboard of Bushnell (AS-15) at Keywest Fla, 1960.Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Corporal 371k An American Corporal (SS-346) in Toulon France, with a French submarine as her neighbor, 1967. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sub Ron 831k Sub Ron 8: Clamagore (SS-343),(front) Cobbler (SS-344) on her starboard side Corporal (SS-346) on her port side, Blenny (SS-324) bringing up the rear. Circa 1968-71, location unknown.Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sub Ron 8323k Sub Ron 8 from a different perspective: Corporal (SS-346) is on the port side of the diamond, Cobbler (SS-344) is on starboard side Clamagore (SS-343) up front and Blenny (SS-324) brining up the rear, circa 1968-71, location unknown.Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Corporal183kCorporal (SS-346), underway, circa 1968-71. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Corporal274kCorporal (SS-346) in drydock, circa 1968-71. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Corporal247kCorporal (SS-346) circa 1968-71. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Corporal224kCorporal (SS-346) circa 1968-71. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Corporal 898k Corporal (SS-346) on 13 January 1969. USN photo NPC K-56173 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 10/13/13.
Corporal 403k Inboard profile plan of the forward section of the Corporal (SS-346), representative of the GUPPY III type. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Corporal 246k Inboard profile plan of the stern section of the Corporal (SS-346), representative of the GUPPY III type. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Corporal 222k Corporal (SS-346) decommissioning cachet. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
TCG II Inonu (S-333)
Cobbler 45k Front and back covers of the Decommissioning transfer ceremony of the Cobbler (SS-344) & Corporal (SS-346) to Turkey and their becoming the Canakkale (S-341) & Inonu (S-333). Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Corporal 236k History of the Commissioning Pennant for the transfer ceremony of the Cobbler (SS-344) & Corporal (SS-346) to Turkey and their becoming the Canakkale (S-341) & Inonu (S-333). Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Corporal 138k Officer of the Inonu (S-333) welcomes you aboard. The Cerbe (S-340), ex-Trutta (SS-421) is outboard.Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Corporal 28k The Inonu (S-333) breaks the waves. Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.
Corporal39kSailors aboard the Inonu (S-333) line the deck of the boat underway, circa post 1973, place unknown.Photo courtesy of Y.M.Umar,CPO (Ret.),Turkish Navy.

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