USS Barbero (SS-317)

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USS Barbero (SS/SSA/SSG-317) was a Balao-class submarine of the United States Navy, named for a family of fishes commonly called surgeon fish.

Barbero was laid by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut on 25 March 1943. She was launched on 12 December 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine R. Keating, and commissioned on 29 April 1944, Lieutenant Commander Irvin S. Hartman in command.


Service history

World War II

Barbero's war operations span the period from 9 August 1944-2 January 1945, during which she completed two war patrols. She is credited with sinking three Japanese merchant ships totaling 9,126 tons while patrolling in the Java and South China Seas.

On 27 December 1944, en route to Fremantle, Western Australia, Barbero, while at periscope depth, received an aerial bomb close aboard aft. This near miss damaged the port reduction gear and put her out of action for the remainder of the war.


In September 1945, she was ordered to Mare Island Naval Shipyard - where she underwent pre-inactivation overhaul - and was placed in commission in reserve on 25 April 1946.

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