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Patches on left & center contributed by Mike Smolinski, on right by Ray Young

Halfbeak (SS-352)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Hotel - Sierra

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 6 July 1944, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 19 February 1946; Commissioned USS Halfbeak (SS-352), 22 July 1946; Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1971; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 June 1972 to North American Smelting Corp., Burlington, NJ. Halfbeak was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" for 1966 and 1967 and held the "E" for Submarine Division 102 for 1968.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

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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Halfbeak239kInsignia of the Halfbeak (SS-352) designed for the submarine by Ray Young, circa 1944. Photo by Ray Young, courtesy of his son, William Young.
Oxyporhamphus micropteru11kThe Oxyporhamphus micropteru, a halfbeak. Courtesy of wikimedia.org.
Halfbeak17kCommemorative postal cover on the occasion of Halfbeak's (SS-352) keel laying, 6 July 1944, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Halfbeak20kCommemorative postal cover on the occasion of the launching of the Halfbeak (SS-352), 19 February 1946.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Corsair 114k Outboard to inboard, the Halfbeak (SS-352),Tusk (SS-426) & Corsair (SS-435) with two unidentified boats, pre October 1947 in New London, CT. Photo courtesy of Gary Parker.
Halfbeak113kCommander Eugene B. Fluckey was the Commanding Officer of the Halfbeak (SS-352) from 1947 to 1949. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Halfbeak169kHalfbeak (SS-352) (as well as Amberjack (SS-522) & Cobbler (SS-344)) had a topside rudder aft for better maneuverability. Newly converted by Electric Boat, Halfbeak is pictured on 22 April 1948. Her snorkel induction (intakes) and exhaust masts are raised. US Navy Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Since 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman & James L. Christley. Naval Institute Press.
Halfbeak25kHalfbeak (SS-352), underway, circa early 50's, place unknown.Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
New London 210k Fulton (AS-11) at the state pier New London, CT in March 1953. Submarines present include Entemedor (SS-340), Halfbeak (SS-352), Angler (SS-240),Razorback (SS-394), Tusk (SS-426), and Hardhead (SS-365). SS P&T Leader is across the pier. US Naval Historical Center photo # NH-905254 courtesy of aimm.museum.(Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock). Courtesy of CAPT Joseph A. Enright, USN (ret).
Halfbeak1.10kStarboard view of the Halfbeak (SS-352), at the Arctic circle, 19 August 1958. She is painted white for arctic operations.USN photo # USN 110220 courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Text i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
Halfbeak737k Halfbeak (SS-352) at broadside, circa early 1960's.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/09/13.
Halfbeak113kHalfbeak (SS-352), at the Phila. Navy Yard, 6 July 1964.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Halfbeak70kHalfbeak (SS-352), underway, with insert of CO CDR F.T. Watkins. Photo from Subron 10 Cruise Book 1964-1965.Courtesy of Fred Willshaw.
Fulton61kHalfbeak (SS-352), (second from right) immediately astern of Fulton (AS-11) at the Connecticut State Pier, New London, CT. Other submarines astern of Fulton, include (far right) Nautilus (SSN-571), (third from right) Bang (SS-385), and outboard of Bang , (fourth from right) is Tusk (SS-426). Moored to Fulton's starboard side are three additional submarines. The outboard boat on the starboard side is the Skipjack (SSN-585) & the other two are unidentified. Photo from Subron 10 Cruise Book for 1964-1965, courtesy of Fred (Doc) Gardner xHM1(SS) / FMF, USS Skipjack SSN 585 - SN(SS) (1964-1965) and Fred Willshaw.
Halfbeak111kHalfbeak (SS-352), on the Delaware River, 21 February 1965.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Halfbeak49kHalfbeak (SS-352), off the Phila. Navy Yard, 21 February 1965.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Halfbeak696kStarboard view of the Halfbeak (SS-352), underway, 28 March 1965.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/09/13.
Halfbeak1.38kStarboard view of the Halfbeak (SS-352), underway, 16 December 1967.USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Halfbeak49k From left to right, Sea Robin (SS-407), Tusk (SS-426), Sea Owl (SS-405), Sablefish (SS-303), Halfbeak (SS-352), Blenny (SS-324), & Becuna (SS-319 at New London CT, in 1968 during change of command. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Greenfish & Halfbeak 66k An Acrylic painting by the artist Dante H. Bertoni entitled "Crew of Greenfish (SS-351) Shape-Up on Deck, 16 December 1970." Inboard of the boat is Halfbeak (SS-352). Painting # 88-161-AQ.
Courtesy of the USNHC.

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