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Patch on left courtesy of Mike Smolinski, on right by Ray Young

Corsair (SS-435) (AGSS-435)

Radio Call Sign: November - Xray - Whiskey - Hotel

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, 1 March 1945, at the Electric boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 3 May 1946; Commissioned USS Corsair (SS-435), 8 November 1946; Redesignated Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-435) in 1 April 1960; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1963; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 October 1963. Removed 8 November 1963.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves (of blessed memory) & Yves Hubert.

As built to the specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,570 t., Submerged: 2,428 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 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 7 Officers 69 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, two 20mm gun, two .30 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator diesel engines, 5,400 hp, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gals, two General Electric main motors, 2,740 hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Corsair 408k Insignia of the Corsair (SS-435) designed for the submarine by Ray Young, circa 1944. Photo by Ray Young, courtesy of his son, William Young.
Corsair 1.96k The Corsair (SS-435) was laid down, 1 March 1945, at the Electric boat Co., Groton, CT.Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corsair 19k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the keel laying of the Corsair (SS-435), 1 March 1945. Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Unicorn 3.74k Unicorn (SS-436) on the building ways, topside looking aft at time of cancellation on 16 January 1946. The boat on the right is the Walrus (SS-437); on the left is the Corsair (SS-435). Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Walrus 3.78k Walrus (SS-437), (on right) topside looking aft. Unicorn (SS-436) in center & Corsair (SS-435) on left, 16 January 1946. Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corsair 2.34k The Corsair (SS-435) was sponsored by Mrs. Olaf M. Hustvedt & launched, 3 May 1946.
Her husband was the 1st CO of the battleship North CVarolina (BB-55).
Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Corsair 127k Corsair (SS-435) underway in the Atlantic, possibly during her shakedown cruise when she visited Havana, Panama, Trinidad, and Rio de Janeiro, circa winter 1946, spring 1947. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Corsair 114k Outboard to inboard, the Halfbeak (SS-352),Tusk (SS-426) & Corsair (SS-435) with two unidentified boats, pre October 1947 in New London, CT. Photo courtesy of Gary Parker.
Corsair 176k Two views of Corsair (AGSS-435) on 21 April 1952. She returned to New London 15 September to continue local operations with Submarine Development Group 2. Their duties included providing services to the sound laboratory at Portsmouth, and participating in large scale submarine exercises, including another in northern waters from 27 October to 24 November 1952 during which they visited Reykjavik, Iceland. Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # USN 442352, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com & David Buell.
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246k 3 page PDF Welcome Aboard the Corsair (SS-435), circa 1960. Images courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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NR The destroyer Forrest Sherman (DD-931) is one of three United States Navy warships which will visit Duluth in mid-July during Operation Inland Seas, a cruise of 28 warships to Great Lakes ports this summer. One other destroyer and the submarine Corsair (SS-435) will also be in Duluth—making this the first time first-line fighting ships have penetrated the heartland of America. Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo from the St. Paul Recorder [volume] (St. Paul, Minn.) 1934-2000, 03 July 1959, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Corsair 1.17k Corsair (SS-435) at Genoa, Italy on 16 February 1962. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Corsair 44k Corsair (SS-435) underway, port side view, date and location unknown. USN photo courtesy of subnet.com.

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