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Trumpetfish (SS-425)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Tango - Charlie

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 23 August 1943, at William Cramp and Co. Shipbuilding Co,, Philadelphia, PA.; Launched, 13 May 1945; Commissioned USS Trumpetfish (SS-425), 29 January 1946; Decommissioned, 15 October 1973, at Charleston, SC., and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register; Final Disposition, sold to Brazil under the Mutual Security Assistance Program, Commissioned into the Brazilian Navy as Goiaz (S-15), Stricken 16 April 1990.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,570 t., Submerged: 2,428 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 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., Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity, 113,000 gal., Elliot Motor Co. electric motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Trumpetfish 91k Trumpetfish (SS-425) was sponsored by Mrs. Oswald S. Colclough, wife of Dr. Oswald S. Colclough, Judge Advocate General of the Navy & twice acting President of The George Washington University.
The Colclough's are shown here in a photo from the Harmon Testimonial Dinner, held in Washington 16 May 1959: Dr. Oswald S. Colclough, acting president of the University (far right), joined in celebrating with (from left) Dr. Harmon, Mrs. Colclough, and Mrs. Harmon.
Photo & text courtesy of gwu.edu.
Trumpetfish 365k Trumpetfish (SS-425) ready for launching. Photo courtesy of the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photographs @ digital.library.temple.edu
Photo added 09/17/17.
Trumpetfish 484k The Trumpetfish (SS-425) is sponsored and made possible by the WAR BOND PURCHASES of the PEOPLE OF PHILADELPHIA, May 13 1945. USN photo # 80-G-448209, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Trumpetfish 15k Rear Admiral Rafael Celestino Benitez was given his first submarine command of the Trumpetfish (SS-425) on 29 January 1946. He was her first Commanding Officer. Photo courtesy of Neil Mishalov & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
I boats417k A combined shakedown and goodwill cruise to Caribbean ports in the early spring of 1946 preceded the Trumpetfish's (SS-425) westward cruise to Pearl Harbor. Highlighting the ship's training operations in Hawaiian waters was her intentional torpedoing of the large Japanese submarine I-400 which had been captured at the end of World War II.
Image 1 shows First torpedo hits just forward of conning tower and detonates the second torpedo before it hits the I-400.
Image 2 shows I-400 from the port side after the first torpedo hit.
Image 3 shows I-400 from port side after second torpedo hit on bow.
Image 4 shows I-400 from starboard side as it slowly settles by the bow showing conning tower, hangar and upper decks still intact.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Images from combinedfleet.com
Tusk159kTrumpetfish (SS-425) appears dockside on 25 July 1946. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Tusk118kA docked Trumpetfish (SS-425) returned to the east coast for local operations out of New London, Conn., and, late in 1946, was briefly based at Annapolis to conduct training cruises for Naval Academy midshipmen. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo by Robert Edwin Seger RM3/c, LST 506, courtesy of Kathleen Mayo Kendrick via Gary Priolo.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Tom Kermen & Gary Parker, webmaster@usstusk.com.
Trumpetfish 41k Trumpetfish (SS-425), circa 1947 after her first GUPPY conversion. USN photo.
Amberjack & Trumpetfish 201k Amberjack (SS-522) on the left and Trumpetfish (SS-425), tied up to the pier at Pensacola, Florida., circa 1948. Photo courtesy of Jim Carroll and submitted by Mike Keating.
Amberjack & Trumpetfish 127k Amberjack (SS-522) outboard of Trumpetfish (SS-425), tied up to the pier at Pensacola, Florida., circa 1948. Photo courtesy of Jim Carroll and submitted by Mike Keating.
Trumpetfish 1.19k A numberless Trumpetfish (SS-425), circa late 40's (?) USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trumpetfish 1.56k Attached to Submarine Squadron 4, based at Key West, Fla., Trumpetfish (SS-425) conducted local operations and training exercises off the east coast.
She is seen here on 29 January 1952.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # USN 441450 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Fremantle 428k Bushnell (AS-15) at Key West, FL, with the Trumpetfish (SS-425) at her side, 1952. Photo courtesy of Albert Krause, Jr, SO2(SS)
Trumpetfish 843k A U.S. Navy Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune of Patrol Squadron VP-18 "Flying Phantoms" flies over the submarine Trumpetfish (SS-425) c1955. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy All Hands Magazine, February 1956, p. 12. via wikimedia.org.
Trumpetfish 184k 1960's meets the Cubera (SS-347), Trigger (SS-564) & Trumpetfish (SS-425) in Charleston, S.C. Photo by Richard Nilsson and submitted courtesy of John Hummel.
Trumpetfish 141k The following five photos are a series showing the FRAM conversion that was accomplished at the Charleston S.C. Navy Yard in 1961.
The first is the stern portion of the Trumpetfish (SS-425), cut open and ready to receive her new plug at her FRAM conversion. This conversion added 18 feet to the length of the sub.
USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Trumpetfish 32k Forming new hull sections for the Trumpetfish (SS-425) at her FRAM conversion. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Trumpetfish 53k Being offloaded from a flatbed truck, a crane swings the new hull section for the Trumpetfish (SS-425) into position. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Trumpetfish 63k A crane swings the new hull section for the Trumpetfish (SS-425) into position between her two separated sections. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Trumpetfish 61k With a little room to spare, the new hull section for the Trumpetfish (SS-425) is into position between her two separated sections. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Trumpetfish 45k 1961 Hull configuration of the Trumpetfish (SS-425) as a GUPPY III. 18 feet was added to the after battery and the PUFF sonar was added. Sonar was moved to Control Room. North Atlantic Sail was added at this time also. She appeared in this configuration until she was decommissioned in 1973. Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Text courtesy of usstrumpetfish.com
Trumpetfish 1.28k Trumpetfish (SS-425) after her 1961 Hull configuration appears here as a GUPPY III. She is probably being nudged by tugs dockside. A destroyer is in the background. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Trumpetfish 1.36k Trumpetfish (SS-425) underway in 1965. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Trumpetfish 617k Trumpetfish (SS-425) circa post 60's. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trumpetfish 649k Trumpetfish (SS-425) while in Malta in 1969. The destroyer Gearing (DD-710) is off her starboard bow. USN photo courtesy of Richard J. Pasco, former TM2 (SS).
Trumpetfish 1.04k On 5 June 1971, after participating in a fleet mine test, Trumpetfish (SS-425) commenced six weeks of pre-deployment upkeep, with sea trials from 12 to 16 July. On the 23d, the submarine departed for South American waters and Operation "Unites XII."
She is seen here on 27 July 1971.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # NPC K-90500 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Trumpetfish 18k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Trumpetfish's (SS-425) visit to Port Everglades, Florida on 16 June 1973. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Trumpetfish 39k Reading room aboard Trumpetfish (SS-425) was meant for very short stories. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Goiaz (S-15)
Trumpetfish 29k The ex-Trumpetfish (SS-425) as the Brazilian Goiaz (S-15) entering the drydock DFlt Afonso Pena - G 25 in 1985. Brazilian Navy photo by Mario Roberto Vaz Carneiro & segurancaedefesa.com. submitted by Valdo Novaes.
Trumpetfish 22k The ex-Trumpetfish (SS-425) as the Brazilian Goiaz (S-15) entering the Bay of Guanabara, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazilian Navy photo by Mario Roberto Vaz Carneiro & segurancaedefesa.com. submitted by Valdo Novaes.
Trumpetfish 56k Drills in the Torpedo room of the ex-Trumpetfish (SS-425) as the Brazilian Goiaz (S-15). Brazilian Navy photo by SDM, submitted by Valdo Novaes.
Trumpetfish 42k The commander of the the ex-Trumpetfish (SS-425) as the Brazilian Goiaz (S-15) checks his bearings. Brazilian Navy photo by SDM,submitted by Valdo Novaes.

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