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Harder (SS-568)

Radio Call Sign: November - Delta - Foxtrot - Golf

Tang Class Submarine: Laid down, 30 June 1950, at the Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 3 December1951; Commissioned, USS Harder (SS-568), 19 August 1952; Decommissioned, 10 July 1973; Struck from the Naval Register and transferred (sold) to Italy, under terms of the Security Assistance Program, 29 February 1974, renamed; INS Romeo Romei (S-516); Final Disposition, decommissioned and struck by the Italian Navy, 31 May 1988, fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 2,100 t., Submerged: 2,700 t.; Length 287'; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 19'; Speed, Surfaced 18 kts, Submerged 20 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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Behrens 131k Vice Admiral William Wohlsen Behrens, Jr. was assigned to the Harder (SS-568) as Commanding Officer from 1954 to 1955. Photo courtesy of the Behrens family & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Harder 31k In March 1959, Harder (SS-568) participated in SUBICEX during which she cruised 280 miles beneath the ice packs off Newfoundland, further than any conventionally powered submarine had previously gone. USN photo courtesy of Arctic Submarine Laboratory, text courtesy of DANFS.
Harder 155k Harder (SS-568) underway circa 1961.
She continued operations in the Atlantic and Caribbean for more than a year, then departed Charleston 24 May 1961 for deployment off the western coast of Europe and in the Mediterranean. After reaching Bremerhaven, Germany, 9 June, she supported ASW operations with ships of the Federal German Navy. The following month she steamed via Holy Loch, Scotland, and Rota, Spain, to the Mediterranean where she supported peace-keeping operations of the mighty 6th Fleet. Harder returned to Charleston 28 August.
Text courtesy of DANFS. Photo courtesy of Stefan Terzibaschitsch via Robert Hurst.
Blackfin530kAt rest earlier in her career..Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 08/24/12.
Harder & Trout 118k Harder (SS-568) & Trout (SS-566) taken in 1965 thru 8B periscope of Redfin (SS-272) by John Hummel at the sub piers in Charleston SC, home of Submarine Squadron 4. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Blackfin723kPort side underway in the 60's.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 08/24/12.
Harder 50k Harder (SS-568) being moved from floating dry dock #5 at Charleston S.C. Naval Base. She was in the final stages of a major overhaul that lasted twenty five months, the most complicated performed , July, 1967. USN photo courtesy of Robert Miller.
Harder 491k Harder (SS-568) with three shark-fin arrays, known as Puffs, passive fire-control system, BQG-4, circa 1968. USN photo courtesy of ssn583.com., text courtesy of John Hummel.
Blackfin855kMore three fined photo follow through.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 08/24/12.
Blackfin414kHarder (SS-568) decommissioning cachet, 20 February 1974. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 08/24/12.
Blackfin414kAfter Caiman's (SS-323) decommissioning ceremony as seen from the shore on 30 July 1972:
Harder (SS-568),
Blackfin (SS-322),
Trigger (SS-564) &
Sperry (AS-12).
Blackfin's time clock was ticking, 45 days the boat would be decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register on 15 Sept 1972.
Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Blackfin492kAfter Caiman's (SS-323) decommissioning ceremony, from left to right:
Trigger (SS-564),
Blackfin (SS-322), &
Harder (SS-568).
Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
INS Romeo Romei (S-516)
Harder 21k The ex-Harder (SS-568), as INS Romeo Romei (S-516) at Philadelphia, 1974. Photo courtesy of Harder web page.
Harder 245k INS Romeo Romei (S-516), ex-Harder (SS-568), during a overhaul before being transferred to the Italian Navy.
She is on the Marine Railway Site # 2. The Yard workers with the stripe on their hardhats are foremen, the other workers might be sand blasters.
Photo from the Erminio Bagnasco collection via Maurizio Brescia. Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Harder 227k INS Romeo Romei (S-516), ex-Harder (SS-568), at Groton CT., in 1975 just before commissioning with the Italian Navy but already with the Italian hull number painted on. Photo from the Erminio Bagnasco collection via Maurizio Brescia.
Harder 626k INS Romeo Romei (S-516) in La Spezia Italy, 16 March 1980. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Harder 198k INS Romeo Romei (S-516) in La Spezia Italy, 18 February 1988. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.
Harder 202k INS Romeo Romei (S-516) in La Spezia Italy, 18 February 1988. She would be decommissioned and scrapped later in the year. Photo courtesy of Carlo Martinelli.

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