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Stickleback (SS-415)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Quebec - Oscar

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 1 March 1944, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Launched, 1 January 1945; Commissioned USS Stickleback (SS-415), 29 March 1945; Decommissioned, 26 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet; Recommissioned 6 September 1951; Guppy-IIA conversion, 6 November 1952 to 26 June 1953; Rammed by Silverstein (DE-534), 28 May 1958, off Hawaii, while conducting training operations; Final Disposition, sunk from damage sustained in collision: Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1958.

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, one single 40mm gun mount, one single 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, four Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, 5,400hp, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co. electric main motors 2,740hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Stickleback 350k Stern view of the Stickleback (SS-415) on the building ways at Mare Island on 4 July 1944. A canceled destroyer escort is on the ways on the right side. USN photo # 4167-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 201k Plaque honoring the citizens of Yakima County Washington for their sponsorship and war bond purchases of the Stickleback (SS-415), 27 December 1944. USN photo # 7959-44, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 235k The Sponsor and Maid of Honor for the launching of the Stickleback (SS-415) are seen at the bow of the submarine just prior to her launching at Mare Island on 1 January 1945. Left to right: Mrs. John O. R. Coll (Sponsor) and Miss Elizabeth Canaga (Maid of honor). USN photo # 10-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback769kSponsor and party for Stickleback (SS-415) launching.USN photo # 80-G-448215 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert
Stickleback 231k Stickleback (SS-415) on the building ways prior to her launching at Mare Island on 1 January 1945. USN photo # 12-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback587kStickleback (SS-415) halfway down the building ways.USN photo # 80-G-448216 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert
Stickleback 231k Stickleback (SS-415) enters the water upon her launching at Mare Island on 1 January 1945. USN photo # 21-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 211k Stickleback (SS-415) at her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 8 January 1945. Nereus (AS-17) is berthed aft of Stickleback at her outfitting berth. USN photo # 285-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 211k Capt. Cook, Captain of the Yard, Mare Island, places the Stickleback (SS-415) into commission at the yard on 29 March 1945. Stickleback's first commanding officer, CDR Lawrence G. Bernard is to the far right. USN photo # 2255-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 57k Stickleback (SS-415) sometime between her launching and commissioning, January - March 1945. USN / USNI photo.
Stickleback 462k Stickleback (SS-415) possibly sometime between her launching and commissioning, January - March 1945.
There seems to be a small craft heading the other way barely seen behind the conning tower. You can see its wake leading from left to rigt up to the conning tower.
Photo from the private collection of Ric Hedman.
Photo added 10/07/15.
Stickleback 196k Stern view of Stickleback (SS-415) departing Mare Island on 25 May 1945. USN photo # 4010-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 188k Broadside view of Stickleback (SS-415) departing Mare Island on 25 May 1945. USN photo # 4012-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback543kStickleback (SS-415) viewed from the airship ZP-31 on 29 May 1945 at an altitude of 300 feet.USN photos # 80-G-323884 & 323883 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Stickleback1.05kPortside views of the Stickleback (SS-415) from the airship ZP-31 on 29 May 1945 at an altitude of 300 feet.USN photos # 80-G-323881 & 323882 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Stickleback 248k Photo of diving control station aboard Stickleback (SS-415) at Mare Island on 13 June 1945. USN photo # 4465-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 295k Photo of starboard side of main control cubicle aboard Stickleback (SS-415) at Mare Island on 13 June 1945. USN photo # 4466-45, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 325k Stickleback (SS-415) had only been in her patrol area in the Sea of Japan for two days when the cease-fire order was passed on 15 August 1945. She remained in the area and, on 21 August, sighted two bamboo rafts containing 19 survivors of a freighter which had been sunk 10 days before by Jallao (SS-368). They were taken on board for 18 hours, given food, water, medical treatment, and set afloat again a short distance from one of the Japanese islands.
This photo shows the rescued men on the fore-deck of the Stickleback receiving aid. The two rafts were pulled aboard and lashed to the aft decks.
Upon commissioning the crew was replaced, almost to the man, by the crew from the Salmon (SS-182) who was so badly damaged by Japanese attacks that she never dove again and was decommissioned an operational loss. In reward for bringing the highly damaged submarine home the crew was rewarded with a brand new boat and were sent out on another war patrol with Stickleback. Her only war patrol as it urned out.
Photo taken by Francis H. Beaumont TM/2 of the Salmon (SS-182) and Stickleback (SS-415).
Photo & text from the personal collection of Ric Hedman.
Stickleback 197k Stickleback (SS-415) was only on station for two days on her first war patrol in the Sea of Japan when WW II ended. She had been crewed almost in entirety by the former crew of the Salmon (SS-182) upon commissioning. I'm sure that was a disappointed pre-comm crew. This photo was taken in the Sea of Japan in August 1945. The war ended on 15 August. Photo probably about the 19th or 20th of August. Photo from the personal collection of Ric Hedman.
Stickleback 43k A Stickleback poses on the Stickleback's (SS-415) conning tower, circa end 1945. Photo courtesy of H. F. Carlson, submitted by Gary Carlson.
Oakland97kThe Oakland (CL-95) docking in Oakland, California, her name sake city, on 20 October 1945 returning home after World War Two. The three subs in the photo are (from left) - Thresher (SS-200), Kraken (SS-370), and Stickleback (SS-415). Photo i.d. courtesy of Robert Morgan, & Ric Hedman & Dave Johnston (USNR).
Photo courtesy of Mike Brock via Tom Bateman.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet137kReserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. This photo is a Berthing list identifying the ships in the picture. Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet453kPhoto of the Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. Whether coincidental or on purpose, the number of boats in the photo is the same as that which were lost in WW II.
From back to front and left to right, first group of 12 boats:
Sandlance (SS-381)
Tunny (SS-282)
Aspro (SS-309)
Lionfish (SS-298)
Guvania (SS-362)
Sunfish (SS-281)
Macabi (SS-375)
Gurnard (SS-254)
Pampanito (SS-383)
Mingo (SS-261)
Guitarro (SS-363)
Bashaw (SS-241)
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
Sealion (SS-315)
Hammerhead (SS-364)
Bream (SS-243)
Seahorse (SS-304)
Tinosa (SS-283)
Pintado (SS-387)
Mapiro (SS-376)
Pipefish (SS-388)
Moray (SS-300)
Batfish (SS-310)
Hackleback (SS-295)
Bluegill (SS-242)
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
Hawkbill (SS-366)
Menhaden (SS-377)
Perch (SS-313)
Loggerhead (SS-374)
Barbero (SS-317)
Baya (SS-318)
Hardhead (SS-365)
Spadefish (SS-411)
Springer (SS-414)
Devilfish (SS-292)
Kraken (SS-370)
Dragonet (SS-293)
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
Lamprey (SS-372)
Piranha (SS-389)
Manta (SS-299)
Pargo (SS-264)
Rancador (SS-301)
Archerfish (SS-311)
Mero (SS-378)
Sawfish (SS-276)
Spot (SS-413)
Lizardfish (SS-373)
Jallao (SS-368)
Icefish (SS-367)
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
Steelhead (SS-280)
Puffer (SS-268)
Stickleback (SS-415)
Trepang (SS-412)
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
Pelias (AS-14)
Aegir (AS-23)
Euryale (AS-22)
Griffin (AS-13)
Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Mare Island203kSawfish (SS-276) & Stickleback (SS-415) in dry dock #1 between 26 April & 29 May 1946 at Mare Island. Photo i.d. courtesy of Darryl Baker. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet227k The Icefish (SS-367) in the Mare Island Reserve Fleet on 13 October 1948. The other subs outbaord of Icefish are Jallao (SS-368), Trepang (SS-412), Spot (SS-413) and Stickleback (SS-415). USN photo # 1916-10-48, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 177k 1951 photo of the Stickleback (SS-415) taken in San Diego before her 1952 Guppy Snorkle conversion. She was recommissioned in Mare Island on 9/6/51 and served with SubSqn 5 Nerus (AS-17) in San Diego before returning to Mare Island for her conversion in November 1952. Photo and text courtesy of Forrest J. Watson ex-ET2(SS).
Stickleback 49k Stickleback (SS-415), moored at Yokosuka, Japan, 1952. Courtesy of Grant Riddle's submarinebaseph.com
Stickleback 34k Stickleback (SS-415), (as seen from the Caiman (SS-323),while conducting torpedo tests) was specially outfitted to be a torpedo target for testing sonic torpedoes. The outer hull had been reinforced with 1" thick steel (the normal outer tank shell was only 1/4" thick). We conducted operations with the Stickleback off Lahaina to test the homing capabilities of the new electric sonic guided torpedoes. We actually shot unarmed torpedoes at her with the expectation they would impact her hull near the screws. Here she is seen surfacing off the west coast of Maui after serving as target for our torpedoes. We fired the torpedoes while on the surface in order to monitor the torpedo track. We had observers standing on the stern and fired out of the stern tubes. Circa 1953. Courtesy of Grant Riddle's submarinebaseph.com
Stickleback 117k LCDR R. H. Gumon assumes command of the Stickleback (SS-415) at her re-commissioning at Mare Island on 26 June 1953 following her Guppy IIA conversion. Officers in the background are (left to right): RADM L. S. Fiske (Mare Island Area Commander), RADM A. M. Morgan (shipyard Commander), Capt. E. S. Carmick (Director of Maintenance MSTS - Speaker) and Capt. W. T. Singer (Administrative Officer). USN photo # 17911-6-53, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 403k Forward port quarter view of Stickleback (SS-415) in Mare Island channel on 1 August 1953. USN photo # 18287-8-53, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 123k Bow on view of Stickleback (SS-415) departing Mare Island on 1 August 1953. USN photo # 18286-8-53, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 141k Stern view of Stickleback (SS-415) departing Mare Island on 1 August 1953. USN photo # 18290-8-53, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Stickleback 1.64k Stickleback (SS-415), moored, Pearl Harbor, HI., date unknown. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Stickleback 453k Stickleback (SS-415) in October 1956. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Stickleback 1.13k Broadside view of the Stickleback (SS-415). Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Stickleback 694k Stickleback (SS-415) operating not too far from shore somewhere in the Pacific. No date photo was taken nor location, but is marked "Received 10 April 1957". USN photo from Photo Lab, Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor. Photo release No. 159-P-55, courtesy of David Buell.
Stickleback 765k Thirteen photo PDF of various views of the Stickleback (SS-415) & Silverstein (DE-534) off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Stickleback 700k The Sabalo (SS-302) comes to the aid of the Stickleback (SS-415), after being rammed by Silverstein (DE-534) off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Stickleback 409k The Stickleback (SS-415) with the bow of the Silverstein (DE-534) parked on her deck, off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. USN photo 80-G-1036255 courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.
Stickleback 111k Stickleback (SS-415), after being rammed by Silverstein (DE-534) off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Stickleback 417k The Stickleback (SS-415) with the bow of the Silverstein (DE-534) parked on her deck, off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. USN photo 80-G-1036255 courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.
Stickleback 82k Crew of the Stickleback (SS-415) making ready to secure lines alongside the Silverstein (DE-534), off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. USN photo courtesy of oneternalpatrol.com.
Stickleback 725k The Stickleback's (SS-415) crew evacuate the boat after being rammed by Silverstein (DE-534) off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Stickleback 416k Silverstein (DE-534) backed full and put her rudder hard left in an effort to avoid a collision but holed the Stickleback (SS-415) on her port side. Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # 80-G-1036244 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Stickleback 121k Newspaper article and photo describing the sinking of the Stickleback (SS-415), after being rammed by Silverstein (DE-534) off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958. Courtesy of Cathy M.
Stickleback 62k Commemorative photo in memory of the Stickleback (SS-415). Photo courtesy of Tom Kermen.

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