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|949k||Mrs. Richard L. Cochrane, matron of honor, Rear Admiral Edward L. Cochrane, USN, Mrs. Edward L. Cochrane, sponsor, Rear Admiral T. Withers, USN, at launching of Sea Cat (SS-399). Launched at Navy Yard Portsmouth, N.H. 21 February 1944.||National Archives Identifier: 12562942
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
|18k||Commemorative launch day badge from Sea Cat's (SS-399) launching, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 21 February 1944.||Courtesy of James A Munroe in remembrance of his father Raymond L Munroe Sr. who worked at the yard during WW II and the Korean wars as a chauffeur.|
|38k||Commemorative post card issued on the occasion of Sea Cat's (SS-399) launching, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 21 February 1944.||Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|874k||Sea Cat (SS-399) underway during her trials off the New England coast on 10 August 1944.||US National Archives photo # 80G-453342 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
|55k||WW II battleflag of the Sea Cat (SS-399).||USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.|
|95k||Proteus (AS-19) with submarines of Submarine Squadron 20 alongside in Tokyo Bay, on VJ-Day, 2 September 1945. Names of the submarines present, their commanding officers and the commanding officers of SubRon20 and Proteus (AS-19) are printed at the bottom of the image: Archerfish (SS-311), Cavalla (SS-244), Gato (SS-212), Haddo (SS-255), Muskallunge (SS-262), Pilotfish (SS-386), Razorback (SS-394), Runner (SS-476), Segundo (SS-398), Sea Cat (SS-399), and Tigrone (SS-419).||Courtesy of Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN(Retired), 1979. USN photo # NH 95019, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.|
|181k||Subron 5 family photo fall/winter (1945)in Guam, from left to right, Segundo (SS-398), Sea Cat (SS-399), Blenny (SS-324), Blower (SS-325), Blueback (SS-326) & Charr (SS-328).||Photo by Lt. Herb Hanson, courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|286k||Amidships looking forward plan view of Sea Cat (SS-399) at Mare Island on 23 July 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 15 April to 27 July 1946.||USN photo # 2626-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|361k||The Sea Cat off Mare Island on 22 July 1946.||USN photo # 2591-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.|
|96k||Several boats docked pierside in 1948. From inboard to outboard:
Sennet (SS-408), Runner (SS-476), possibly the Cutlass (SS-478) inboard from the Sea Cat (SS-399).
|Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|36k|| Heavy gun batteries were of somewhat limited value because they lacked fire controls. The next step then, was to add a surface-ship type fire control system: an Mk 6 stable element, and an Mk 6 computer driving gun-order repeaters at the guns. The most striking change was internal: a gun plot was installed in the forward crew quarters. In the autumn 1949, it was decided to have a number of experimental changes made to the ship during her forthcoming overhaul, and she was redesignated AGSS-399 on 30 September. On 7 November, she arrived at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where the work was done. The modifications and repairs were completed on 11 March 1950. A picture of navsource explains what was done: installation of a surface-ship type fire control system: an Mk 6 stable element, and an Mk 6 computer driving gun-order repeaters at the guns. The most striking change was internal: a gun plot was installed in the forward crew quarters. Sea Cat (SS-399), shown here, was the prototype. She also had a pair of single 40 mm guns.
The cylindrical object on her foreback is a dome covering her new WFA "integrated" sonar, which (in theory) would replace both the older WCA & JT In fact, JT was retained because its long line array gave more precise bearings than the small array inside the radome.
Note too that the usual wartime SD air warning radar had been replaced by the big antenna of the late war SV, on the auxillary mast abaft the periscope shears and conning tower. Six other boats (SS-229, 340, 401, 406-8) were also converted to "gunboats".
The Sea Cat is shown here off Balboa, Canal Zone, on 9 March 1949.
|Photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Through 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman. Naval Institute Press.|
|183k||Port side view of the Sea Cat (SS-399), taken probably after her last overhaul after she left Philadelphia in June 1952; she operated from Key West for the remainder of her career, spending most of her time in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and in waters off the southern coast of the United States.||Text courtesy of DANFS. |
USN photo # USN 445269.
|221k||Four photo Welcome Aboard PDF for the Sea Cat (SS-399), circa 1959.||USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|64k||1960 watercolor by the artist Salvatore Indiviglia entitled "Loading Fish" aboard the Sea Cat (SS-399).|| Painting #17/88-161-UI.
Courtesy of the USNHC.
|205k||Ceremony for 4 boats at a pier in sea major.
Sealion (APSS-315), centre, with Trutta (SS-421), at left, alongside unidentified tender, and Sea Cat (SS-399), at right. The small boat at the other pier is the Mackerel (SST-1).
I believe this to be a Change of Command for the Commanding Officer of the submarine squadron, not just the Sealion. All of the boats have their crews topside and in whites, including the tender on the far left of the photo. This indicates something larger than just the Sealion. They used her deck to set up the podiums because she has the largest deck aft of the conning tower. Her deck was expanded during her amphibious conversion.
The Sealion would have left Key West not long after this photo was taken, for decommissioning in Philadelphia, so it is unlikely that she would be having a CoC at that time.
|Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Ric Hedman & Dave Johnston (USNR)|
Photo # MM00041228x by Don Pinder from the Ida Woodward Baron Collection in the Florida Keys Public Library via flickr.com courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo added 09/15/17.
|660k||Turkish and American submarines at M'sida, Malta prior to NATO Exercise 'Medflex Invicta', 16-21 April 1961. Along the portside of HMS Narvik (LST 3044), the temporary depot ship at Malta is: (outboard to inboard) Canakkale (S-333), Sea Cat (SS-399) and Trutta (SS-421).||Source: Imperial War Museum British Post-1945 Official Classified Print Collection, Photo No. © IWM (HU 102632) via Mike Green.|
|1.90k||Sea Cat (SS-399) underway on 15 April 1962.||Photo No:MM00005523x from the Ida Woodward Baron Collection in the Florida Keys Public Library via flickr.com courtesy of Steven Gower.|
|301k||1962: Sea Cat (SS-399) recovering torpedo, looks like MK 37.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|335k||Sea Cat (SS-399) underway on 10 September 1963.||Photo from the Ida Woodward Baron Collection in the Florida Keys Public Library via flickr.com courtesy of Steven Gower.|
|249k||Change of command at Subron 12 Key West Fla. in 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).|
|193k||Sea Cat (SS-399) at Guantanomo in 1968.||Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).|
|595k||WILD RIDE: Marines from 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, Force Troops based at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, hold on to their rubber boat, preparing for a wild ride as the submarine Sea Cat (SS-399) dives. This type of wet deck launching is used to float a fully loaded rubber boat and its crew without having to drop it over the high sloping sides of the submarine. This training photo was taken off the Florida Keys, 12 February 1968.||Official Marine Corps Photograph # 330-NP-31-68-1 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.|
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