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Sea Robin (SS-407)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Papa - November

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 1 March 1944, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 25 May 1944; Commissioned USS Sea Robin (SS-407), 7 August 1944; Converted to a Guppy-IA submarine in 1951; Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1970; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 June 1971, to North American Smelting Co. for $ 84,578.00 and scrapped in Bordentown, NJ. Sea Robin received three battle stars for World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves (of blessed memory)

As built to the specifications: Displacement, Surfaced 1,526 t., Submerged 2,391 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 10 kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2 kts; 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, two single 20mm gun mounts, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, four Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, 5,400 HP, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co. electric main motors with 2,740 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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NR Daughter shares traits of mother
Police throughout the East called off a week-long search for missing 15-rear-old Jane Owen Ambrose, of Portsmouth, N. H., when she was found working as a maid in New York. After running away from home, police say, she wrote “two puppy love” letters to her 17-year-old boy friend and was traced through these. Camera-shy June, daughter of Lieut Comdr. Homer Ambrose of the Portsmouth Naval Base, is pictured leaving Brooklyn Children's Shelter.
The Sea Robin (SS-407) was laid down by the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard on 1 March 1944; launched on 25 May 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Homer Ambrose (also camera shy) wife of Capt. Ambrose, the Navy Yard's Production Superintendent.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Image and text provided by Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT.
Photo & text by The Waterbury Democrat. [volume] (Waterbury, Conn.) 1917-1946, 12 July 1941, Image 7, courtesy of
Sea Robin473kThe Sea Robin (SS-407) slides into the Piscataqua River during her launching at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 25 May 1944.USN photo # 80-G-1231 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Sea Robin20kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Sea Robin (SS-407), 25 May 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Sea Robin25kCommemorative launch day badge from Sea Robin's (SS-407) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 25 May 1944. Courtesy of James A Munroe in remembrance of his father Raymond L. Munroe Sr. who worked at the yard during WW II and the Korean wars as a chauffeur.
Sea Robin392kThe Sea Robin (SS-407) viewed by airship ZP-11 on 31 August 1944.USN photo # 80-G-280007 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Sea Robin376kThe Sea Robin (SS-407) during her initial sea trials following construction in September 1944. USN photo # 80-G-245504 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large..
Sea Robin449kSea Robin (SS-407) during shakedown training off Portsmouth, N.H., 4 September 1944. She mounts a single 5"/25 caliber dual-purpose gun abaft the conning tower, with single 20-millimeter guns forward and aft of the bridge, viewed by airship ZP-11.USN photo # 80-G-280015 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
1.12k Redfin (SS-272) and Sea Robin (SS-407) at Galveston during Navy Day 27 October 1945. Sea Robin was inboard of Redfin.
Two photo PDF showing the fairwater of Sea Robin showing her forward and aft 40mm guns. At this time, Sea Robin was a "gunboat" with forward and aft 5/25 and 40mm guns.
Original photos and material donated by Roanne DeShon, step-daughter of RT1 Ralph E. Hoeper who service aboard Redfin (SS-272) from 8/31/43 to 12/15/45, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Sea Robin13kPost war portside view of the Sea Robin (SS-407), circa 1946. Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Sea Robin880kPeacetime assignment brought Sea Robin (SS-407) to Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 6 based at Balboa, Canal Zone.
She is seen here underway on 5 May 1947.

Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
USN photo # USN 701352 courtesy of Scott Koen &
Sea Robin168kProbable immediate post war photo of the Sea Robin (SS-407) underway.
On 15 May 1947, the submarine commenced a one and one-half month simulated war patrol in which she circumnavigated the South American continent and became the first submarine to round Cape Horn.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Sea Robin43kSea Robin (SS-407) entering Toulon, France during their 1950 Med trip. Courtesy of Erminio Bagnasco book, "Submarines of WW II", submitted by Aryeh Wetherhorn.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Leopard 387k Med cruise summer in 1950 Naples Harbor: Sea Leopard (SS-483), Torsk (SS-423), and Sea Robin (SS-407). Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Augusta Bay, Sicily2.20kThe destroyer tender Yellowstone (AD-27) at Augusta Bay, Sicily, May - October 1950.
Ships alongside to starboard; Sea Robin (SS-407), Torsk (SS-423), Sea Leopard (SS-483), Burrfish (SS-312).
To port; John R Pierce (DD-753), Barton (DD-722), Shea (DM-30), and in the background Bauer (DM-26).
US National Archives photo # 80-G-428712, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Grouper305k Secretary of the Navy D. A. Kimball (Stetson over heart during ceremony) and party during a photo op held dockside prior to their boarding the Flying Fish (SS-229).
The Sea Robin (SS-407) & Grouper (SS-214) are in the background.
Photographer: Peter Stackpole, courtesy of via Bill Gonyo & Life.
Sea Robin43kSea Robin (SS-407), surfaced and underway off Long Island Sound in 1952. Courtesy of George M. Arnold.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Zech 388k VADM Lando William Zech, Jr. was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1941. At Annapolis, he played varsity baseball and basketball. In his senior year, he captained the baseball team. Admiral Zech served 39 years in the Navy after his graduation from the Naval Academy in 1944 with the World War II Class of 1945. His first assignment was to the destroyer John D. Henley (DD-553) in the western Pacific where he participated in the second battle for the Philippines, the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and on picket station duty off the coast of Japan during the last days of the war. After the war and a second destroyer tour on the Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), Admiral Zech volunteered for submarine duty and subsequently commanded four submarines, Sea Robin (SS-407) [January 1956 to November 1956], Albacore (AGSS-569) [15 January 1957 to 15 January 1958], and after nuclear power training, Nautilus (SSN-571) [22 June 1959 to 20 April 1962] and John Adams (SSBN-620) [12 May 1964 to 2 March 1965]. He later commanded the guided missile cruiser Springfield (CLG-7) [12 July 1968 to 9 February 1970]. Upon his selection to flag rank, he served as Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District in Seattle, WA, the Chief of Naval Technical Training in Memphis, TN and as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan in Yokosuka. After his selection to Vice Admiral he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel and Training and Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy in 1983. USN photo & text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
71k Two photos of the local youth group when they visited the Sea Robin (SS-407) in Salem, Ma. during the 1950's. Photos courtesy of Mike Marland.
Groton 226k Busy piers at lower base in Groton shows a few SSKs, 1957.
From left to right, unidentifed sub,
Toro (SS-422),
Irex (SS-482),
unidentifed sub,
Trout (SS-566),
Bergall (SS-320),
Sea Owl (SS-405),
Cavalla (SS-244),
& Sea Robin (SS-407), & Piper (SS-409).
The rest of the subs are too far away for positive identification.
Text courtesy of David Johnston. Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Brood.
USN photo courtesy of Submarine Force Library, courtesy of Ken Hart.
Diablo 74k Sait Kucuk is backdroped from the deck of the ex-Boarfish (SS-327), now the Turkish Sakarya (S-332) at New London, Conn. 10 December 1962. Diablo (AGSS-479) & Sea Robin (SS-407) are in the background. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Retired),Turkish Navy.
Triton 87k 1960's photo of Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) with submarines alongside: Triton (SSRN-586), Sea Robin (SS-407), unknown SSK and Becuna (SS-319). Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Sea Robin33kSea Robin (SS-407) after conversion to Guppy IA submarine from the early 1960's.
Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired). Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Robin102kMost likely taken in 1964 when the Sea Robin (SS-407) was awarded the Battle "E". The sonar dome was removed in 1965 at Portsmouth. Courtesy of George M. Arnold. Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Robin47kView of the open bow torpedo shutter doors and slightly upwards bow planes during Sea Robin's (SS-407) overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 1967-68.Courtesy of Paul McNerney via Photo i.d. courtesy of Paul Roggemann.
Sea Robin186kSea Robin (SS-407) leaving New London, CT, in the 60's. Photo courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Sea Robin202kPort side bow view of the Sea Robin (SS-407) in August 1968 on the Northern Atlantic coast. Copyrighted and photographed by Eugene R. Schaafsma, submitted by Christopher J. Miller.
Halfbeak49k From left to right, Sea Robin (SS-407), Tusk (SS-426), Sea Owl (SS-405), Sablefish (SS-303), Halfbeak (SS-352), Blenny (SS-324) & Becuna (SS-319) at New London CT., in 1968 during change of command.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Sea Robin749kDecommissioning ceremony of the Sea Robin (SS-407), 1 October 1970. Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves (of blessed memory)
Sea Robin250kThe sad ending of two more proud ladies Sea Owl (SS-405) & Sea Robin (SS-407) on the Delaware River, headed for scrap at the American Marine Salvage, Bordentown, N.J. Photo courtesy of Jack Lefferts via

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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