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Sea Robin (SS-407)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Papa - November

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 1 March 1944, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 25 May 1944; Commissioned USS Sea Robin (SS-407), 7 August 1944; Converted to a Guppy-IA submarine in 1951; Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1970; Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 3 June 1971, to North American Smelting Co. for $ 84,578.00 and scrapped in Bordentown, NJ. Sea Robin received three battle stars for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced 1,526 t., Submerged 2,391 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 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, two single 20mm gun mounts, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, four 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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Sea Robin34kThe Sea Robin (SS-407) slides into the Piscataqua River during her launching at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 25 May 1944. Courtesy of ss-407.net.
Sea Robin20kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Sea Robin (SS-407), 25 May 1944.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Sea Robin25kCommemorative launch day badge from Sea Robin's (SS-407) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 25 May 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.
Sea Robin96kThe Sea Robin (SS-407) during her initial sea trials following construction in September 1944. US Navy photo courtesy of Gilbert Bohannon, Jr. via ss-407.net.
Sea Robin37kSea Robin (SS-407) during shakedown training off Portsmouth, N.H., 4 September 1944. She mounts a single 5"/25 caliber dual-purpose gun abaft the conning tower, with single 20-millimeter guns forward and aft of the bridge.
US Navy photo from DANFS, courtesy of Joe Radigan, MACM USN, Ret.
Sea Robin47k Sea Robin (SS-407) in WW II configuration.Courtesy of USNI.
Sea Robin13kPost war portside view of the Sea Robin (SS-407), circa 1946. Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Sea Robin880kPeacetime assignment brought Sea Robin (SS-407) to Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 6 based at Balboa, Canal Zone.
She is seen here underway on 5 May 1947.

Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # USN 701352 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Sea Robin168kProbable immeadiate post war photo of the Sea Robin (SS-407) underway.
On 15 May 1947, the submarine commenced a one and one-half month simulated war patrol in which she circumnavigated the South American continent and became the first submarine to round Cape Horn.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Sea Robin43kSea Robin (SS-407) entering Toulon, France during their 1950 Med trip. Courtesy of Erminio Bagnasco book, "Submarines of WW II", submitted by Aryeh Wetherhorn. Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Leopard 387k Med cruise summer in 1950 Naples Harbor: Sea Leopard (SS-483), Torsk (SS-423), and Sea Robin (SS-407). Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Augusta Bay, Sicily2.20kThe destroyer tender Yellowstone (AD-27) at Augusta Bay, Sicily, May - October 1950.
Ships alongside to starboard; Sea Robin (SS-407), Torsk (SS-423), Sea Leopard (SS-483), Burrfish (SS-312).
To port; John R Pierce (DD-753), Barton (DD-722), Shea (DM-30) , and in the background Bauer (DM-26).
US National Archives photo # 80g 428712, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert, Webmaster & Editor ModelWarships.com.
Grouper305k Secretary of the Navy D. A. Kimball (Stetson over heart during ceremony) and party during a photo op held dockside prior to their boarding the Flying Fish (SS-229).
The Sea Robin (SS-407) & Grouper (SS-214) are in the background.
Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of time.com. via Bill Gonyo & Life.
Sea Robin43kSea Robin (SS-407), surfaced and underway off Long Island Sound in 1952. Courtesy of George M. Arnold. Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Groton 226k Busy piers at lower base in Groton shows a few SSKs, 1957.
From left to right, unidentifed sub,
Toro (SS-422),
Irex (SS-482),
unidentifed sub,
Trout (SS-566),
Bergall (SS-320),
Sea Owl (SS-405),
Cavalla (SS-244),
& Sea Robin (SS-407), & Piper (SS-409).
The rest of the subs are too far away for positive identification.
Text courtesy of Dave Johnston. Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Brood. USN photo courtesy of Submarine Force Library, courtesy of Ken Hart.
Diablo 74k Sait Kucuk is backdroped from the deck of the ex-Boarfish (SS-327), now the Turkish Sakarya (S-332) at New London, Conn. 10 December 1962. Diablo (AGSS-479) & Sea Robin (SS-407) are in the background. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Triton 87k 1960's photo of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) with submarines alongside: Triton (SSRN-586), Sea Robin (SS-407), unknown SSK and Becuna (SS-319). Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sea Robin33kSea Robin (SS-407) after conversion to Guppy IA submarine from the early 1960's.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel. Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Robin102kMost likely taken in 1964 when the Sea Robin (SS-407) was awarded the Battle "E". The sonar dome was removed in 1965 at Portsmouth. Courtesy of George M. Arnold. Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Robin47kView of the open bow torpedo shutter doors and slightly upwards bow planes during Sea Robin's (SS-407) overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 1967-68.Courtesy of Paul McNerney via ss-407.net. Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Robin186kSea Robin (SS-407) leaving Nlon CT. in the 60's. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Sea Robin202kPort side bow view of the Sea Robin (SS-407) in August 1968 on the Northern Atlantic coast. Copyrighted and photographed by Eugene R. Schaafsma, submitted by Christopher J. Miller.
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.
Sea Robin749kDecommissioning ceremony of the Sea Robin (SS-407), 1 October 1970. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Sea Robin250kThe sad ending of two more proud ladies Sea Owl (SS-405) & Sea Robin (SS-407) on the Delaware River, headed for scrap at the American Marine Salvage, Bordentown, N.J. Photo courtesy of Jack Lefferts via ss-407.net.
Photo added 09/28/13.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Sea Robin (SS-407)2nd-patrol
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Guppy Submarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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