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    Posted: 12 Dec 2018 at 11:24am
L-8 26 Mar 26 Sunk by Torpedo in a test
A-2 thru A-7 22 Sunk by DD fire off Correigidor
B1-B3 22 Sunk by DD fire off Correigidor
L-8 (SS 48) Sunk off Narragansett Bay and used as submerged target for many years
Bass  12 Mar 45 Scuttled as sonar target south of Block Island
Apogon 25 Jul 46 Sank as target of atomic bomb off Bikini Island
Skipjack (184) 11 Aug 48 Sank by aircraft rockets off San Clemente, CA
Searaven 11 Sep 48 Same as above
Tuna 24 Sep 48 Same as above
Skate 5 Oct 48 Same as above
Pilotfish 16 Oct 48 Sunk as target off Bikini
Tarpon 26 Aug 57 Foundered under tow off Cape Hatteras
Tinosa Nov 60 Scuttled as ASW Target
Dragonet 17 Sep 61 Scuttled in Chesapeake Bay after explosive tests
Guardfish 14 Aug 63 Torpedoed by Dogfish & Blenney 97 miles south of Block Island
Aspro 16 Nov 62 Torpedoed by Pomodon off San Diego
Queenfish 14 Aug 63 Torpedoed by Swordfish (SSN 579)
Balao 4 Sep 63 Sunk off Charleston-Conning Tower removed
Spikefish 4 Aug 64 Torpedoed off Long Island
Barbero 7 Oct 64 Torpedoed by USS Greenfish off Pearl Harbor
Sea Devil 24 Nov 64 Torpedoed by SubFlot 12/Volador off southern CA
Jack 5 Sep 67 Sunk by 6th Fleet off Greece
Guavino 14 Nov 67 Torpedoed by Cubera of Cape Henry
Muskalunge 9 July 68 Tropedoed by Tench off Narragansett Bay
Devilfish 14 Aug 68 Torpedoed by Wahoo off San Francisco
Archerfish 19 Oct 68 Torpedoed by Snook off California
Sterlet 31 Jan 69 Torpedoed by Sargo
Redfish 6 Feb 69 Torpedoed byMedregal
Manta 16 Jul 69 Sunk by aircraft off Norfolk
Trepang 16 Sep 69 Sunk by DD's Henderson and Fletcher off So. CA
Bream 8 Nov 69 Torpedoed by Sculpin off Pt. Arguello, CA
Burrfish 19 Nov 69 Sunk off San Clemente
Moray 18 Jun 70 Torpedoed off San Clmente
Tunny 19 Jun 70 Torpedoed by Volador
Segundo 8 Aug 70 Torpedoed by Salmon with Mk 37
Bluegill 3 Dec 70 Scuttled off Lahaina, Maui
Carbonero 27 Apr 75 Torpedoed by Pogy off Pearl Harbor
Chopper 21 Jul 76 Foundered off Florida while being towed
Tigrone 25 Oct 76 Torpedoed off Cape Hatteras
Sabalo ? Sunk as target in SubSinkEX Project Thurber
SeaLion 8 Jul 78 Sunk as target off Long Island
Blackfin ? Sunk as target as Sabalo
Blenny ? Scuttled to form Artificial Reef off Ocean City, NJ
Grayback 13 Ajpr86 Sunk as target in South China Sea
 in the South China Sea.
Salmon June 93 south of Long Island. Still used as Sonar target``
Barbel Jan 2001 Sunk off CA as a target
Sailfish May 2007 Sunk by torpedo by Toledo in Pacific




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The Trepang was moored to a pier at the officer's club in San Diego. She was a reserve boat, but had been pretty much stripped of everything in 1966, when I stood phone watch aboard her. My ship was moored across the pier when we were at REFTRA.
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Add ex-USS L-8 (SS-48)
Sunk 26 March 1926 by torpedo as test.

Two torpedoes (Mk-10) were fired to test the Mk-6 magnetic exploder.  The first ran under the target without detonating, the second hit the L-8 (physically struck) and exploded.  The test was deemed a success (rumored to be Captain Christie)and the results plus the exploder were labeled "Top Secret" until 1943 when it was shown that the thing didn't work at all.
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Add the ex-USS A-2 through A-7 plus the ex-USS B-1 through B-3

The following is a bit from an article I wrote for another purpose.

The Adders were put out of commission for the last time. They stayed anchored and alongside used for oil tanks and water tanks until 1922. The Navy designated them as targets and they were towed to a position probably north of Corregidore and sunk over a period of time by gunfire of destroyers. As near as we can find out at present, they are still there.

These were expended as targets in firing exercises by the destroyers stationed in Manila and Olongapo (Subic Bay). The records are a bit muddled but super research by Mr Christopher Wright has uncovered the following. (Note that which sub was sunk by which ship is in some cases confusing and may be in error.) On 18 December 1921 ships of Destroyer Division 37, the USS Southard, USS Hovey, USS Broome, and USS Alden sank ex-USS A-4, ex-USS A-6 and ex-USS B-2. On 19 December 1921 the ex-USS B-1 and ex-USS B-3 were sunk by elements of Destroyer Division 37. On 20 December 1921 the USS Talbot of Destroyer Division 12 opened fire on the ex-USS A-5 in the firing range west of Corregidore just outside the entrance to Manila Bay. She made three hits at a range of about 3000 yards and the old submarine sank in four minutes after the first hit. The total firing exercise took 5 minutes and 22 seconds with 18 rounds being fired. Ex-USS A-2. ex-USS A-7 and ex-USS A-3 were sunk by USS Talbot, USS Zane, USS Roper, USS Waters and USS Dorsey of Destroyer Division 12 most likely later in the day in a second exercise. As an interesting note, the ex-USS A-1 was sold while embarked on the deck of the ex-USS Puritan (a monitor ) and moved from the berth in the Norfolk Navy Yard on 28 May 1922 to be scrapped by the firm of Joseph G. Hitner and W. F. Cutler.

The A-boats were the first in many ways. In one, however, they showed the way the submarine force would be. Ensign Lockwood was most disappointed to be assigned to the USS Monterey for duty in submarines. He was told by some of the officers already there that the submarine would get in your blood and soon either you wouldn't be around or you wouldn't trade the boat for duty on anything else. He discovered within six months that they were right. The man who was Commander Submarine Force Pacific during the last three years of World War II was never the same.

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Change ex-USS Pilotfish (SS-386) from Eniwetok to Bikini (it is in the lagoon along with Apagon)

Not sunk as a target but sunk to be used as a target were:
ex-USS Salmon (SSR/SS-573) put on the bottom south of Long Island as a bottomed sonar target.  To test the sonars properly the target needed to have air in it so there were some compartments rigged not to flood.  The operation took place on 5 June 1993.

ex-USS S-49 rigged to be submerged on cables at varying depths in the deep part of the Patuxent River off Solomons Island.  The newly devised doppler sonar sensor for detonating depth charges was tested several times with the submarine drawn back to the surface each time to inspect for damage.  Eventually the tests were too much for the old boat and she bottomed in 102 feet of water. 
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REDFISH was torpedoed and sunk by MEDREGAL, not SEA FOX.
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Pat is right. Fixed
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Grayback LPSS-574 was sunk as a target on 13 April 1986 in the South China Sea.  She was sunk by units of the Battleship Battle Group Associated with USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) as part of HARPOONEX ’86

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The Barbel SS 580 was sunk as a target, off the coast of California, in 2001.
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Originally posted by Pat-H Pat-H wrote:

REDFISH was torpedoed and sunk by MEDREGAL, not SEA FOX.


I don't know about you, Pat, but when I heard about the sinking of the Queenfish I was kind of saddened.  It seemed like such a waste.  The boat was OK when I left it in 1962.  And one (1) year later they destroyed it.  If the Swordfish needed target practice it could have just blown up a big rock off of Coronado like the Queenfish did in '62.  They didn't have to go and blow up somebody's boat.  But the Navy moves in mysterious ways.  Just sayin' . . .

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