Tench-Class Submarine

SO what is a tench-class submarine, just like the USS Remora. Well…

A Tench-Class submarine was a type of sub built specifically for the United States Navy from 1944 to 1951. They were a new improved designed over previous models which included the Gato and Balao classes. With only a small increase in overall weight (40 tons) they were able to be stronger and have an improved internal layout, in addition to more fuel possibilities.

With more fuel available the USS Remora went from being able to travel 11000 nautical miles to 16000. Initially there were to be 84 Tench Class subs to be built. However after the realization that the US would not need that many to defeat Japan, 55 of them were cancelled. The remaining 29 subs were commissioned between 1944 and 1951

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Size of USS Remora

Here are some of the specifications of the USS Remora. Now the USS Remora did undergo some modifications and improvements over her time of service and You can have a look at the differences here:

Initial construction and release in 1945.

Displacement: 1,570 tons (1,595 t) surfaced
2,414 tons (2,453 t) submerged
Length: 311 ft 8 in (95.00 m)
Beam: 27 ft 4 in (8.33 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m) maximum

Guppy II (first modification 1947)

Displacement: 1,870 tons (1,900 t) surfaced
2,440 tons (2,480 t) submerged
Length: 307 ft (93.6 m)
Beam: 27 ft 4 in (7.4 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m)

Guppy III (Second modification 1961)

Displacement: 1,870 tons (1,900 t) surfaced
2,440 tons (2,480 t) submerged
Length: 307 ft (93.6 m)
Beam: 27 ft 4 in (7.4 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m)

As big as this sounds, in comparison it is actually not that big. The comparative submarine being the worlds largest is 175 metres long. Almost double as long as the USS Remora.

Either way however there is little room inside no matter how big it is overall. All quarters of a submarine are small, including your sleeping, operations, mechanics and more. You can expect tight spaces, that require some agility and patience. You certainly would not be able to host a party in a submarine, complete with people, food, drinks, a DJ, a photo booth perhaps, decorations and more.

You would not be able to down grade that to a small gathering either. Subs were never built for comfort they were built for ability. A machine built solely for work and its purpose as an underwater vehicle with missions/tasks backed with purpose.

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USS Remora

Welcome to USS Remora .com. Here on this site, we will be providing information and other pieces on the USS Remora (main topic) as well as pieces on other submarines/ocean utilities from the past and the present.

The USS Remora, also known as SS-487 (fancy) was what is known as a trench class submarine (have a look at the next post for trench class submarine) as a part of the United States Navy. It was the only ship of the Navy to be named for a fish.. Remora (wait for future post).

Briefly, the Remora is a fish with a suctorial disk on its head that enables it to cling onto both other fish as well as to ships. The USS Remora (SS-487) was laid down into the depths of the ocean on March 5th 1945 from the Portsmith Navy Yard (Maine). From there a couple of months later on in July (July 12) she was launched.

With Commander Robert Sellars the man with the command, leading the charge. USS Remora was commissioned on the 3rd of January in 1946, and served almost 30 years of service for the United States Navy before being decommissioned on 29 October 1973. After being decommissioned from the US Navy, USS Remora was transferred to the Hellenic Navyas (Greece Navy) in 1973 and recommissioned as Katsonis (S115)

 

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