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Picuda (SS-382)

Radio Call Sign: November - Juliet - Whiskey - Bravo

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 15 March 1943, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH; Launched, 12 July 1943; Commissioned USS Picuda (SS-382), 16 October 1943; Decommissioned, 25 September 1946; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, New London Group; Picuda was chosen for minelayer conversion FY 52 but this was canceled 1 October 1952 (Friedman)
Recommissioned, 19 June 1953, after snorkel conversion at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH; Decommissioned and transferred (loaned) to Spain, under terms of the Security Assistance Program, 1 October 1972; Commissioned into the Spanish Navy as Narciso Monturiol (S-33); Purchased outright by Spain, 18 November 1974; Struck from the Naval Register, 18 November 1974; Final Disposition, deleted from the Spanish fleet, 30 April 1977, name transferred to former Jallao (SS-368); fate unknown. Sold 12-31-84. Picuda received six battle stars for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves (of blessed memory) & Yves Hubert.

As built to the specifications: Displacement, Surfaced 1,526 t., Submerged 2,391 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2 kts; 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 single 40mm gun mount, one single 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, 5,400 HP, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co. electric main motors with 2,740 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Picuda & Pampanito 990k Keel laying of the Picuda (SS-382) (left) and Pampanito (SS-383) (right) on 15 March 1943, Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. National Archives Identifier: 38330013
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Picuda1.07kEnsn. Eloise English, maid of honor, Rear Admiral T. Withers U.S.N., Mrs. R.N. English, sponsor, at launching of Picuda (SS-382), Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 12 July 1943.National Archives Identifier: 12562968
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Picuda 19k Picuda (SS-382), commemorative launching card at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH. 1943. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Picuda 103k Photo of the crew of the Picuda (SS-382) believed to have been taken by a subtender off Saipan in 1944. My father, the late E. L. Edwards, Jr., is depicted on the left without a shirt. He was a Motor Machinist's Mate 3d class. Courtesy of Lee Edwards.
Picuda 3.10k Walt Disney drawing of the Picuda (SS-382). Photo courtesy of Peter Joeseph Giannettino via his daughter Susan with the help of Ric Hedman.
Donaho 75k In 1940 and 1941 Lt. Glynn R. Donaho was Commanding Officer of the submarine R-4 (SS-81). When the United States entered World War II on 7 December 1941, Lieutenant Donaho was Prospective Commanding Officer of the new submarine Flying Fish (SS-229), which he placed in commission a few days later and operated with distinction during six war patrols in the Pacific. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander at the beginning of 1942 and to Commander in September of that year.
During 1944 and several months of 1945 he commanded both a submarine division and the submarine Picuda (SS-382), conducting further notably successful combat operations against Japanese shipping. Donaho finished the Pacific War as a battleship force staff officer.
He is pictured here as a Vice Admiral.
Official USN photo # NH 99330, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Picuda 137k A pre-war photo of the Kokusai Kisen KK - owned steamer Atlantic Maru in harbour. Atlantic Maru (5,873 grt) was torpedoed and sunk on 30 March 1944 off Guam, at position (12 degrees 15'N, 145 degrees 42'E), by the submarine Picuda (SS-382), while employed as IJN transport. Photo courtesy of Alex Duncan from "The World's Merchant Fleets 1939" by Roger W. Jordan, courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Picuda 187k 22 May 1944: Off Pratas Island, South China Sea. At about 1800, LtCdr Albert L. Raborn’s Picuda (SS-382) comes across gunboat Hashidate towing crippled passenger-cargo ship Tsukuba Maru (damaged on 20 May 1944 by 14th Air Force B-24s), accompanied by salvage vessel Sonjo Maru. Picuda fires four bow torpedoes and sinks Hashidate. She also severely damages Tsukuba Maru with the same salvo at 21-18N, 117-12E. Sonjo Maru makes her escape and reaches Hong Kong. Text & photo courtesy of via Tommy Trampp.
Picuda 187k 21 September 1944: Awaji Maru, carrying 500 tons of ammunition, 600 passengers and 67 crewmen, is struck in the engine room by two torpedoes fired by LtCdr (later Vice Admiral) Glynn R. Donaho's Picuda (SS-382). Awaji Maru lists to port, then splits into two parts. Her cargo begins to explode. Abandon Ship is ordered. At 0705, the forward part of the ship rises vertically, then sinks, the rear half quickly follows. Text courtesy of
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Picuda 901k Japanese captions: "Our Destroyer capturing enemy War-Junk", Artwork by Kikuzo Ito
On 19–20 June Yunagi escorted Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa’s 1st Supply Force at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Afterwards, she was assigned to escort tanker convoys via Manila to Kure.
On 18 1944 July Yunagi was reassigned directly to the Combined Fleet. From 10–18 August 1944, she escorted a convoy from Moji via Mako towards Manila, but detached to Takao to assist the damaged transport Eiyo Maru. On her return from Takao to Manila, she was torpedoed and sunk 20 miles (32 km) north-northeast of Cape Bojeador, Luzon by the Picuda (SS-382).
Text courtesy of via Tommy Trampp.
Picuda 60k WW II battleflag of the Picuda (SS-382). USN photo courtesy of
Picuda 103k Starboard bow view of the Picuda (SS-382), after entering the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for inactivation 27 March 1946. Text from DANFS.
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Picuda 103k Picuda (SS-382) off Isle of Shoals, Portsmouth, NH., August 1953. Courtesy of A. Krause Jr.SO2 (SS). Photo fix courtesy of Jim Kelling.
Picuda 337k Picuda (SS-382) "ship's party" in Key West, FL 1954. Courtesy of A. Krause Jr.SO2 (SS).
Picuda 176k Redfin (SSR-272), Tench (SS-417), Picuda (SS-382) at San Juan, P. R., 14 March 1954. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Picuda 389k Port side view of the Picuda (SS-382), after refit and conversion at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard NH, somewhere in the Atlantic, 23 February 1954. USN photo # USN 636381 courtesy of
Picuda 185k Picuda (SS-382) surfacing, circa 1950's. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Picuda 103k Picuda (SS-382) is cruising down the Cooper river after a yard overhaul. She was overhauled twice at the Charleston S.C. Navy yard. Once in 1958 and 1961. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Picuda 49k Picuda (SS-382) alongside her tender, circa Sept / October 1958. Courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Picuda 1.21k Twelve page PDF history & Welcome Aboard the Picuda (SS-382). Photos courtesy of Scott Koen &
Picuda 416k Printing on side states, "MAY 61". Included note states, Two Experiments ---The installation of a ventilation system, indicated by the "chimneys", permitted 500 man shifts of work to be accomplished on the submarine Picuda (SS-382) during the sandblasting and painting period. Previously no other work was performed during this period. Incident to the ventilation system is the enclosed air-lock accessed (right). The complete canvas all-weather cover permitted sandblasting and painting to continue without interference from rain, dew, and fog. Work that normally requires ten to twelve days was completed in seven." Photo courtesy of Lowcountry Digital Library
Chopper 249k Change of command at Subron 12 Key West the 1960's aboard the Bushnell (AS-15). Barracuda (SST-3) upper right. Other boats there are Sea Cat (SS-399), Picuda (SS-382), Atule (SS-403), Sea Fox (SS-402), Threadfin (SS-410) & Chopper (SS-342). Photo courtesy of John Hummel, (USN) retired.
Narciso Monturiol (S-35)
Picuda 109k ex-Picuda's (SS-382) plaque. The translation is from the French language: "Au repaire du dragon, cha(c)que homme un tigre": "In the dragon's lair, every man is a tiger". Photo i.d. courtesy of David Johnston (USN, retired) Ric Hedman & John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Photo courtesy of Sergio Cocciarin & translation courtesy of Yves Hubert.
Jallao98kNarciso Monturiol Estarriol. Born in Figueres, Girona, 28 September 1819. Died in Sant Mart de Provenals, Barcelona, 6 September 1885. Spanish inventor, primarily dedicated to submarine navigation. Photo & text courtesy of Francisco Javier Santos Va'zquez via Fabio Pena.
Picuda 2.10k The crew of the Picuda (SS-382) line her deck durinng her transfer ceremony to Spain on 1 October 1972. Photo from the Ida Woodward Barron Collection from via Stephen Gower.
Picuda 1.70k The crew of the ex-Picuda (SS-382) line her deck in whites sometime after her transfer to Spain on 1 October 1972 and renamed Narciso Monturiol (S-35). Photo from via Stephen Gower.

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