USS Dentuda (SS-335)

Dentuda berthed at the Mare Island Navy Yard in October, 1946, following her use in Operation Crossroads. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1943
Launched
1944
Commissioned
1944
Decommissioned
1946
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Dentuda (SS-335) was a Balao-class submarine, laid down in 1943. After commissioning on 30 December, 1944, Dentuda conducted her shakedown cruise, followed by two months experimental duty with the Atlantic Submarine Force. She departed for the Pacific in April, 1945, and conducted her only war patrol from 29 May-29 July. She damaged a freighter, and sank two patrol craft. Dentuda spent the rest of the War in Pearl Harbor, and was assigned to Operation Crossroads as a target the next year. Dentuda was submerged during both tests, and became the only target to return to service after the tests. Dentuda was decommissioned 11 December, 1946, and spent the next twenty years training Naval Reservists. Dentuda was stricken from the Naval Register in 1967, and sold for scrap the following February.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Dentuda's first captain was John S. McCain, Jr., father of the US Senator, and son of the carrier Admiral.