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USS Raton

USS Raton

Patch depicting the USS Raton Battle Flag


Keel Laid – May 29, 1942

Launched – January 24, 1943

Commissioned – July 13, 1943

USS Raton made seven war patrols during World War II. On her most successful patrol Raton maneuvered into the center of a nine ship formation.  Firing all torpedoes from both bow and stern, three ships were sunk and one damaged. After the second attack a destroyer escort was sunk with one torpedo. The third attack left one more ship damaged. From here Ratonheaded for Schoulten Islands to reload with torpedoes and fuel for a continuation of the patrol. A cruiser was damaged two weeks later and three more ships were sent to the bottom.

In all, Raton sank a total of thirteen ships for a total of 44,176 tons, damaged seven ships for a total of 51,500 tons, and captured 20 Japanese prisoners. In 1952 Raton was converted to a radar picket submarine (SSR) and served on active duty with the Pacific Fleet. In 1960 Ratonwas re-designated an auxiliary submarine (AGSS) before being stricken from Naval Register in 1969.

source:  Wisconsin Maritime Museum


Raton (SSR-270), as a Radar Picket submarine. Port view entering Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 8 Dec. 1953.  Photographed & submitted courtesy of John Hummel.

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Coast Guard Picture of the Week

Fleet Week 2011 by U.S. Coast Guard
Fleet Week 2011, a photo by U.S. Coast Guard on Flickr.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard Cutter Tern, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in San Francisco, patrols the San Francisco Bay while Navy Blue Angels pilots conduct an air show during the San Francisco Fleet Week, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. Fleet Week is a weeklong event that celebrates both the domestic and international maritime services.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Lutz.

USS Bonhomme Richard enters San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — The USS Bonhomme Richard crosses underneath the Golden Gate Bridge as it enters the San Francisco Bay, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.  The Bonhomme Richard is in San Francisco for the annual Fleet Week celebration and will participate in the Parade of Ships scheduled for, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela Boehland.