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Photographs Related to the Commissioning of USS Razorback (SS 394) - 03 April, 1944

Chaplain LT(jg) Paul P. Galliger, USNR, offers up prayers for ship, officers and crew.

Photo Caption: "Chaplain LT(jg) Paul P. Galliger, USNR, offers up prayers for ship, officers and crew."

The Commissioning Ceremony marks the beginning of a vessel's career as a warship in the U.S. Navy. Although her officers and crew still need many weeks, if not months, of training before they are ready to go to war, their submarine is now part of the Navy.

USS Razorback was commissioned on 04 April, 1944 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, where she had been built. She would continue to train in preparation for combat until late June.

(US National Archives Photograph 221686)


RADM T. Withers, USN, addressing officers and crew at the commissioning of USS Razorback (SS-394)

Photo Caption: "RADM T. Withers, USN, addressing officers and crew."

(US National Archives Photograph 2216867)


CAPT C.H. Roper, USN, reading commissioning orders of USS Razorback on 04 April 1944

Photo Caption: "CAPT C.H. Roper, USN, reading commissioning orders."

(US National Archives Photograph 221688)


LCDR, Albert W. Bontier, reading orders of taking command of USS Razorback (SS-394) on 04 April 1944

Photo Caption: "LCDR, Albert W. Bontier, reading orders of taking command."

(US National Archives Photograph 221686)


Officers of USS Razorback at commissioning

Photo Caption: "Officers of USS Razorback (SS-394). L-R - LT R. L. Smith, USNR; LT R. S. Thompson, USNR; LT(jg) J. H. King, USN(T); LT J. L. Haines, USN; LCDR A. M. Bontier, USN, Commanding Officer; LT(jg) A. R. Hersh, Jr., USN; LT(jg) L. B. Crann, USNR; ENS L. T. Adains, USNR"

(US National Archives Photograph 221690)


Enlisted crew of USS Razorback (SS-394) at her commissioning

Photo Caption: "Crew of USS Razorback"

(US National Archives Photograph 221691)