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Wahoo (SS-565)

Radio Call Sign: November - Papa - Whiskey - India

Tang Class Submarine: Laid down, 24 October 1949, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 16 October 1951; Commissioned, USS Wahoo (SS-565), 30 May 1952; Decommissioned, 27 June 1980; Struck from the Naval Register 15 July 1983; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in November 1984. Wahoo earned three battle stars for service in the Vietnam conflict.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 2,100 t., Submerged: 2,700 t.; Length 287'; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 19'; Speed, Surfaced 20 kts, Submerged 18 kts; Complement 8 Officers 75 Enlisted; Armament, six 21" torpedo tubes forward & 2-19 torpedo tubes aft for Mk 37 torpedoes, eight MK-49/57 mines; Propulsion, diesel-electric, Fairbanks-Morse Type 3 diesel engines, HP 4500, two electric motors, HP 5600, 2 shafts/propellers.
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Wahoo3.53k25 page PDF showing General Plans for the Wahoo (SS-565). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo554kWahoo (SS-565) entering the water at her launching on 16 October 1951 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.USN photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl Baker.
Wahoo55kWahoo (SS-565) slides down the ways at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME., 16 October 1951. Courtesy of All Hands Magazine, January 1952, submitted by Stan Svec.
Wahoo190kForward port quarter view of Wahoo (SS-565) off East Coast on 14 July 1952. USN photo # 1791-52, courtesy of Darryl Baker.
Wahoo291kElectric Boat's Wahoo (SS-565) is pictured about 1955; her cockpit has been raised to the top of her sail. The white objects are messenger buoys. USN photo & text courtesy of U.S. Submarines Since 1945, An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman & James L. Christley. Naval Institute Press.
SS-322, 563,565 & 567 328k Tang (SS-563), Wahoo (SS-565),Gudgeon (SS-567) & Blackfin (SS-322) at the sub base, Pearl Harbor. Circa 1958. Looks like a Change of Command for SubRon 7 is taking place. Photo courtesy of Dan Craw ETC/SS Ret. Tang SS563, 1968-71.
Text i.d. courtesy of Ken Wiltshire.
Carp241kThis photo is of one of three Tang class (SS-563 / 568) boats:
Tang (SS-563), Wahoo (SS-565),Gudgeon (SS-567). The rest of the Tang class boats had different sail configurations.
Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR) & John Hummel.
Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Carp241kThis photo is of one of three Tang class (SS-563 / 568) boats:
Tang (SS-563), Wahoo (SS-565),Gudgeon (SS-567). The rest of the Tang class boats had different sail configurations.
Photo courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR) & John Hummel.
Text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR).
Barbero260k Barbero (SSG-317), Wahoo (SS-565) and Aspro (SS-309) tied along dock in Hong Kong, November 1959.
The destroyer Halsey Powell (DD-686) is behind the Aspro.
Photograph courtesy of Ron Phillipi.
Wahoo380kWahoo (SS-565) underway in 1960, location unknown. USN Official photo scanned from the 1966/67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships, courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Wahoo240kWahoo (SS-565) taken prior to the 1966 overhaul that lengthened her and added PUFFS.
She went through at least 4 distinct sail configurations. I believe this one to be her third. It has the full height bridge, with the "pinched top" to the sail. But the boat has yet to receive PUFFS. At the very end of her career she had PUFFS and a full width sail.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Dave Johnston, (USNR).
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo316kDuring her 1966 western Pacific cruise, which began on 17 February and ended on 29 August, she returned to the combat zone off Vietnam as well as fulfilling a schedule of 7th Fleet exercises and port visits. Upon her arrival back to Oahu, the submarine began an extended period of operations in the islands, broken by a major overhaul of 17 months' duration. That overhaul included radical modifications to her hull structure during which she was lengthened by 15 feet.
Wahoo (SS-565) is pictured here during that time period or after.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo819kWahoo (SS-565) circa late 1960's.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo373kWahoo (SS-565) away. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Devilfish89kDevilfish (SS-292), being sunk as a target by Wahoo (SS-565) at San Francisco, CA., 14 August 1968. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.
Tang 193k Tang (SS-563), Wahoo (SS-565) & Gudgeon (SS-567) at Pearl Harbor, late 60's, early 70's. Courtesy of Rick Rowe & Ed Kalinosk via Dan Craw ETC/SS Ret. Tang SS563, 1968-71.
Wahoo842kWahoo (SS-565) at sea sometime prior to June 1974.USN photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl Baker.
Wahoo882kMayor Douglas presents Key to the City of Vallejo on 31 July 1974 to commanding officers undergoing overhaul at Mare Island: Left to right are: LCDR Ronald Doyle, [CO, Wahoo (SS-565)], CDR John Hummer [CO, Barb (SSN-596)], Mayor Douglas and CDR Russell Knowles [CO, Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618)]. Photo MINSY 123X01-7-74 TH, from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, via Darryl L. Baker.
Wahoo101kVisitors explore submarine Wahoo (SS-565) on holiday, 1 July 1978.
"The submarine Wahoo is here in Philadelphia to undergo an extensive overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (starting July 5th) today and through the holiday she will be open to the public for inspection."
Photo courtesy of the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photographs @ digital.library.temple.edu
Photo added 09/12/17.
Wahoo506k"Big day for Tony", 3 July 1978.
"Anthony Calderazzi, 7, of Marlton, swings through a hatch and into the crew's messhall aboard the submarine Wahoo (SS-565), at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The Vessel is open to the public for inspection today and tomorrow. Repair work will start the follow day."
Photo courtesy of the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Photographs @ digital.library.temple.edu
Photo added 09/12/17.
Wahoo1.58k24 page PDF showing assorted photos of the Wahoo (SS-565). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo50kWahoo (SS-565), Trout (SS-566) & Albacore (AGSS-569) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Trout has been overhauled for Iran. Wahoo had not, and wasn't overhauled due to the revolution in Iran in 1979. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Wahoo87kWahoo (SS-565), at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Navy Yard, 1980.Photo by PH1 Frank Jankowski, courtesy of John Hummel.
Wahoo98kWahoo (SS-565) decommissioning cachet, 27 June 1980.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Wahoo149kWahoo (SS-565) decommissioned with the Newport News (CA-148) in background.Photo courtesy of John Hummel.

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