Allied Warships

Gabilan (SS-252)

Submarine of the Gato class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant252 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down5 Jan 1943 
Launched19 Sep 1943 
Commissioned28 Dec 1943 
End service23 Feb 1946 
History

Decommissioned 23 February 1946.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Stricken in June 1959.
Sold 15 December 1959 to be broken up for scrap.

 

Commands listed for USS Gabilan (252)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Karl Raymond Wheland, USN28 Dec 194313 Dec 1944
2T/Cdr. William Brownlee Parham, USN13 Dec 194417 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Gabilan include:


10 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan arrived at Key West, Florida for duty with the Fleet Sound School.

11 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

12 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

14 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

15 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

16 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

17 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

18 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

19 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan is put on the slipway at Key West.

20 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan is put back in the water.

21 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

22 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

23 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

24 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

25 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan conducted exercises off Key West.

26 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan is put on the slipway at Key West.

27 Feb 1944
USS Gabilan is put back in the water.

23 Mar 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) arrived at Pearl Harbor from New London.

21 Apr 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Mariana Islands area.

6 Jun 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) ended her 1st war patrol.

29 Jun 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) departed from for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol along the south coast of Honshu in Japanese home waters.

17 Jul 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minesweeper W-25 (492 tons, built 1943, offsite link) north-west of Zenizu, Japan in position 33°51'N, 138°35'E.

18 Aug 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) ended her 2nd war patrol.

26 Sep 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) departed from for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.

31 Oct 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) torpedoed and sank the Japanese oceanographic research vessel Kaiyo Maru No.6 (200 GRT) off Murotosaki, Japan in position 32°50'N, 134°21'E.

12 Nov 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. K.R. Wheland) ended her 3rd war patrol at Saipan. She was ordered to proceed to Brisbane, Australia to refit and prepare for her 4th war patrol.

29 Dec 1944
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

15 Feb 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

20 Mar 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

4 Apr 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the Java Sea in position 05°56'S, 118°45'E.

7 Apr 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese light cruiser Isuzu (offsite link) about 60 nautical miles north-west of Bima. The Isuzu is sunk a few hours later by USS Charr.

14 Apr 1945
While attacking a Japanese Surabaya-to-Makassar convoy USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo vessels Kako Maru (762 GRT) in position 05°19'S, 117°06'E and Shonan Maru No.1 (350 GRT) in position 05°13'S, 118°12'E.

28 May 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

20 Jun 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Tokyo Bay in Japanese home waters.

17 Aug 1945
USS Gabilan (Lt.Cdr. W.D. Parham) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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