This Day in Submarine History

13 June On this Date in 1944 USS Barb (SS 220) sank Japanese army transport Takashima Maru in the Sea of Okhotsk and then survived counter-attacks by the Japanese destroyer Hatsuharu. During her seven war patrols in the Pacific (6 War patrols were in the European Theater) Barb sunk 17 enemy vessels and rescued 14 Australian and British Prisoners of War survivors of the SS Rakuyo Maru. Barb’s War record made her one of the more successful submarines in World War Two. On the same day in 1992. USS Maryland (SSBN 738) was commissioned in New London. Two days later the Gold Crew of Maryland set the maneuvering watch for her homeport at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia.

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