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Odax (SS-484)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Echo - India

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, 4 December 1944, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME; Launched, 10 April 1945; Commissioned USS Odax (SS-484), 11 July 1945; Conversion to Guppy type submarine in 1946-47 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Converted to a Guppy type II submarine, in 1951 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred (sold) under terms of the Security Assistance Program, to Brazil, 8 July 1972; Commissioned into the Brazilian Navy as Rio De Janeiro (S-13); Decomm. 16 November 1978, Sold 18 June 1981 to Verolme Shipyard., Angra Dos Reis, Brazil.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,570 t., Submerged: 2,414 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 4"; 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 guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four Fairbanks Morse main generator engines, 5,400HP, Fuel Capacity, 113,510 gal., two Elliot Motor Co. main motors with 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Submarine History Profiles: 105kSubmarine History Profiles:
First true submarine: Holland (SS-01) in 1900.
First U.S. Diesel submarine: E-1 (SS-24) in 1911.
First Fleet boat: V-1 (SS-163) in 1922.
First GUPPY: Odax (SS-484) in 1947.
First nuclear powered submarine: Nautilus (SSN-571) in 1954.
First submarine to completely circumnavigate the earth submerged: Triton (SSRN-586) in 1959.
Latest generation of U.S. ballistic submarines: Ohio (SSBN-726), in 1980.
US Navy photo courtesy of Robert Hall. Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston.
Odax 185k The Odax (SS-484) slides down the launching ways at Electric Boat, 10 April 1945. Photo courtesy of Arnold M. Tapling via Gary Parker.
Odax 25k Commemorative postal cover marking the Odax (SS-484) launching at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Kittery, ME., 10 April 1945. Courtesy of petloveshack.com.
Conger & Odax 688k The crew of the Conger (SS-477) aboard for Navy Day, 1945. The Odax (SS-484) is moored alongside. Photo courtesy of Jamie Stott.
Odax 282k The Odax (SS-484) underway 12 March 50 after her GUPPY conversion. Note the very small "sail" structure; only a single periscope was retained and no suitable snorkel was available when she was converted. USN photo # USN 447512 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 01/15/12.
Odax 16k Odax (SS-484) surfaced and underway with the initial Guppy I configuration, without a snorkel, circa 1947-51, place unknown. Photo courtesy of George M. Arnold, text courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Odax 60k Odax (SS-484) underway with the initial Guppy I configuration, without a snorkel, circa 1947-51, place unknown. Photo courtesy of submarinesailor.com, text courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Odax 77k Odax (SS-484) cuts a wide swath through the sea, with the initial Guppy I configuration, without a snorkel, circa 1947-51. Photo courtesy of All Hands Magazine, October 1951, submitted by Stan Svec, text courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Threadfin 261k Does Santa slide down periscope shears?
The crews of the Threadfin (SS-410) & Odax (SS-484) wait to find out; Xmas 1959 in Charleston, S.C.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Steven Reith.
Odax 210k Odax (SS-484) loading mines with painted rings around them: the torpedoman should know what he is reaching for. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Odax 51k Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) with Amberjack (SS-522) and Odax (SS-484) along side, December 1966, Charleston, SC. The photo was taken from the cruiser destroyer pier looking north. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Odax 37k Odax (SS-484) as a Guppy II with a North Atlantic sail, circa 1964, place unknown. Photo courtesy of George M. Arnold, text courtesy of David Johnston, USNR.
Odax 54k Model of the Odax (SS-484) as a Guppy II with a North Atlantic sail, circa 1964. Photo courtesy of coldwarsubmarines.com.
Odax 182k Odax (SS-484) underway in Key West, Florida, in 1964. Courtesy of Charlie Chace.
Odax 36k LCDR. Joseph Collins Smith was the commanding officer of the Odax (SS-484) from 1966 to 1968. Photo courtesy of the James Melville Gilliss Library via Bill Gonyo.
Odax 125k Forward engine room, fresh water still to left of water tight door. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Odax 54k Odax (SS-484) in ARD June, 1968. Courtesy of submarinesailor.com.
Odax 25k Odax (SS-484) surfacing in front of the McDonnell (DE-1043) on 4 July 1970. Photo taken from the flight deck of the Wasp (CVA-18). Courtesy of imt.net.
Odax 57k The Odax (SS-484) in drydock, 1971. Photo courtesy of Gary Parker.
Odax 53k The Odax's (SS-484) bell. Photo courtesy of Gary Parker.
Odax 70k The Odax (SS-484) moored at Guantanamo, Cuba in 1971. Photo courtesy of Gary Parker.
Rio De Janeiro (S-13)
Odax 90k The ex-Odax (SS-484) as the Rio De Janeiro (S-13) at her name sake. Brazilian Navy photo by SRPM, courtesy of naval.com.br.

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