Allied Warships

Hardhead (SS-365)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Hardhead on trials in Lake Michigan.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant365 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Jun 1942 
Laid down7 Jul 1943 
Launched12 Dec 1943 
Commissioned18 Apr 1944 
End service26 Jul 1972 
History

Decommissioned 10 May 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 24 May 1953.
Stricken and transferred to Greece 26 July 1972 being renamed Papanikolis (S-114).
Papanikolis was stricken by the Greek Navy in 1993.

 

Commands listed for USS Hardhead (365)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Fitzhugh McMaster, USN18 Apr 194411 Oct 1944
2Cdr. Francis Albert Greenup, USN11 Oct 194417 Jul 1945
3John Lyman Haines, USN17 Jul 194511 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Hardhead include:


27 May 1944
USS Hardhead (Cmdr Fitzhugh McMaster) arrived at Balboa in the Panama Canal Zone.

7 Jul 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F. McMaster) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

27 Jul 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F. McMaster) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Philippines.

18 Aug 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F. McMaster) torpedoed and sank the Japanese light cruiser Natori (5170 tons) about 200 nautical miles east of Samar, Philippines in position 12°29'N, 128°49'E.

26 Sep 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F. McMaster) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

24 Oct 1944
USS Hardhead (Cmdr Francis Albert Greenup) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the Philippines.

8 Nov 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Manei Maru (5266 BRT) about 90 nautical miles southwest of Manila, Philippines in position 13°30'N, 119°25'E.

25 Nov 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) torpedoed and sank the Japanese corvette Kaibokan 38 (740 tons, offsite link) about 60 nautical miles west of Manila, Philippines in position 14°33'N, 119°51'E.

5 Dec 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle.

21 Dec 1944
During 21/22 December 1944, USS Blackfin (Lt.Cdr. C.L. Raguet, USN), conducted exercises off Fremantle together with USS Besugo (Cdr. T.L. Wogan, USN) and USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup, USN).

24 Dec 1944
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

2 Feb 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tanker Nanshin Maru No.19 (834 GRT) off the east coast of Malaya in position 05°40'N, 103°17'E.

15 Feb 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle.

20 Mar 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Siam.

2 Apr 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) lays mines off Cape Camau, French Indo-China.

6 Apr 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Araosan Maru (6886 GRT) in the Gulf of Siam in position 09°37'N, 102°48'E.

11 Apr 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) enters Subic Bay in the Philippines to reload torpedoes, stores and fuel.

15 Apr 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) departed from Subic Bay to resume her 4th war patrol.

22 Apr 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the gulf of Siam in position 10°25'N, 99°24'E.

16 May 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

18 Jun 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) departed from Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

23 Jun 1945
While operating in the Java Sea USS Hardhead (Cmdr Francis Albert Greenup) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 42 (130 tons) in position 05°44'S, 114°16'E. Hardhead also sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha 113 (180 tons) and Shuttle Boat No. 833 (200 BRT) in position 05°45'S, 114°16'E.

17 Jul 1945
USS Hardhead (Cdr. F.A. Greenup) ended her 5th war patrol at Onslow, Australia.

18 Jul 1945
USS Hardhead (Lt.Cdr. John Lyman Haines) departed from Onslow for her 6th war patrol, and was again ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

10 Aug 1945
USS Hardhead (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Haines) ended her 6th war patrol at Subic Bay.

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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