(Patch photo by Eric Marleau, son of Richard Marleau RM3SS, deceased 2011)


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USS CUBERA (SS-347) was the first of 24 post-war "GUPPY-II" - converted fleet attack submarines of the Balao class. GUPPY comes from the FRAM* submarine classification "greater underwater propulsive power".

Characterized by a thicker and stronger hull, more powerful electrics, higher fuel and battery capacity than the famous Gato class WWII fleet submarine, Balao class boats like CUBERA became test subjects for pre-nuclear submarine technology development.

In the search for greater speed, stealth and range, many devices invented before and during WWII by the Germans, Dutch and British like the "snorkel" and SONAR, were perfected by the U.S. Navy and found their way into these boats.

Click the icons below to see and hear all that remains of CUBERA: Her bell, preserved as the quarterdeck gong aboard the USS COD memorial, and her diving alarm, under the stewardship of Al Sabatino.



Interactive demo -
How a Sub Works!

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* Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization - a joint military/congressional commission formed after WWII to evaluate needs of the modern Navy in the cold-war scenario. There were some 50 GUPPY boats in all, in several versions, some boats being converted several times. Many boats got snorkels only and were sold to foreign allies for cash to support U.S. conversions.


What's new:

  • I just found out that Al Conner, who qualified on Cubera as a Gunners Mate in 1947 has passed into eternal patrol. Al contributed the photos of Cubera at that time in Gallery 2 when she still had her cut-down Gato-style sail and deck guns. We thank him for his service. Sailor, rest your oar. DBF.

Trivia:

  1. What was the name of the martial music we suffered through during physical training with our '03 Springfield rifles at San Diego Boot Camp?
  2. Which ballast tank vent operating gear was in the overhead above the coffee urn in the crew's mess?
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