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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 (of blessed memory)

As built to the 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
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 (of blessed memory).
Halfbeak20kCommemorative postal cover on the occasion of the launching of the Halfbeak (SS-352), 19 February 1946.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
208k Bow view looking aft of the Halfbeak (SS-352), 18 July 1946 at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Electric Boat Co photo courtesy of Annappolis Maritime Antiques via John Hummel.
Halfbeak113kCommander Eugene B. Fluckey was the Commanding Officer of the Halfbeak (SS-352) from 1947 to 1949. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
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.
653k Halfbeak (SS-352) off Groton Connecticut on 22 April 1948. She was one of the first "Guppy" subs. Photo NH 81806 courtesy of
NR Week-End Submarine Cruise
ONE OF THE high spots of a weekend training cruise by 43 Washington area submarine reservists was their view of snorkel equipment. During the two-day voyage aboard the Halfbeak (SS-352), based at New London, Conn., 16 dives were made, and the trainees had experience in all the stations whose duties are required knowledge for submariners.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 07 August 1949, Images 102 & 103 courtesy of
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. USN photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Since 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman & James L. Christley. Naval Institute Press.
Halfbeak562kHalfbeak (SS-352) May 1949.USN photo courtesy of Steve Franklin.
Halfbeak3.43kHalfbeak (SS-352) appears on the cover of Sperryscope Magazine, Autumn 1952, a seven page PDF entitled A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF THE US SUBMARINE, by Captain Roy S. Benson. USN photo courtesy of Rick Connole, son of Commander David R. Connole, K.I.A. while commanding the Trigger (SS-237), lost with the entire crew of 89 on 28 March 1945.
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. USNHC photograph # NH-905254 courtesy of Inland Maritime Museum at North Little Rock). Courtesy of CAPT Joseph A. Enright, USN (Retired).
Halfbeak190kInboard Sennet (SS-408) & Halfbeak (SS-352) in Marseille, France,in 1954. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Halfbeak2.48kHalfbeak (SS-352) approaches iceberg. Her topside is camouflaged with white paint as she approaches an iceberg in the Arctic Ocean area. Halfbeak is operating in conjunction with Skate (SSN-578), which reached the North Pole under Arctic ice pack on 11 August 1958. The Halfbeak is scheduled to complete her scientific survey operations in the Arctic Ocean later this month, 19 August 1958. USN photo # USN 710221 courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via
Halfbeak3.53kStarboard 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
Text i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
Halfbeak737k Halfbeak (SS-352) at broadside, circa early 1960's.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Halfbeak113kHalfbeak (SS-352), at the Phila. Navy Yard, 6 July 1964.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
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.
Halfbeak272kOutboard boat (with step sail) appears to be Halfbeak (SS-352). Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Halfbeak111kHalfbeak (SS-352), on the Delaware River, 21 February 1965.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
271k 4 Page circa 1967 Welcome Aboard PDF of the Halfbeak (SS-352). USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen &
Halfbeak696kStarboard view of the Halfbeak (SS-352), underway, 28 March 1965.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Halfbeak1.38kStarboard view of the Halfbeak (SS-352), underway, 16 December 1967.USN photo courtesy of
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, USN (Retired).
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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