Allied Warships

Piranha (SS-389)

Submarine of the Balao class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant389 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down21 Jun 1943 
Launched10 Oct 1943 
Commissioned5 Feb 1944 
End service31 May 1946 
History

Decommissioned 31 May 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 1 March 1967.
Her hull was sold for to be broken up for scrap, her connning tower is preserved at Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Naval Museum, Fredericksburg, Texas.

 

Commands listed for USS Piranha (389)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Harold Edwin Ruble, USN5 Feb 194424 Jan 1945
2Cdr. Donald Greer Irvine, USN24 Jan 19459 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Piranha include:


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

11 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

12 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

13 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

14 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

15 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

17 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

18 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

19 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

20 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

21 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

22 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

24 Apr 1944
USS Piranha conducted exercises off Key West.

25 Apr 1944
USS Piranha departed Key West for the Panama Canal Zone.

18 May 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

14 Jun 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Luzon Strait.

12 Jul 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) torpedoed and sank the Japanese tanker Nichiran Maru (6503 GRT) off the north-east coast of Luzon, Philippines in position 18°50'N, 122°40'E.

16 Jul 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Seattle Maru (5773 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 19°17'N, 120°15'E.

8 Aug 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

30 Aug 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Palau's to support the landings at Peleliu. Later she was ordered to patrol north of the Philippines.

23 Oct 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

13 Nov 1944
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China Sea.

8 Jan 1945
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese auxiliary net layer Shinto Maru No.2 (540 GRT) off the Ryukyu Islands in position 29°55'N, 130°05'E.

13 Jan 1945
USS Piranha (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Ruble) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam.

11 Feb 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) departed from Guam for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

27 Feb 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire off the south coast of Formosa in position 22°15'N, 120°17'E.

21 Apr 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) ended her 4th war patrol at Midway.

17 May 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) departed from Midway for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Honshu in Japanese home waters.

16 Jun 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Eiso Maru (6890 GRT) off the northern coast of Honshu, Japan in position 41°57'N, 140°56'E.

17 Jun 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the northern coast of Honshu, Japan in position 42°07'N, 141°36'E.

21 Jun 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) damaged the Japanese merchant cargo ship Shirogane Maru (122 GRT) with gunfire off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 39°28'N, 142°10'E.

22 Jun 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese corvette Kaibokan No.196 (740 tons) off the east coast of Honshu, Japan in position 39°32'N, 142°11'E.

23 Jun 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at positions 39°09'N, 142°10'E and 39°01'N, 142°01'E.

10 Jul 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

14 Aug 1945
USS Piranha (Cdr. D.G. Irvine) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol but after only half a day at sea she was ordered back as hostilities ended.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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