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Photographs Related to USS Razorback (SS 394) During During the Late 1940s (after WWII) and During the 1950s

1946-1947

USS Razorback in drydock, Pear Harbor, HI in 1946-47. Starboard side view from forward looking aft. Taken from the edge of the drydock. The forward 5-inch gun is clearly visible.

USS Razorback in drydock, Pear Harbor, HI in 1946-47. Starboard side view from forward looking aft. Taken from the edge of the drydock. The forward 5-inch, 25-caliber gun is clearly visible, as is the forward 40mm gun
From the Clarence Huffman collection. The donor is visible, sitting on the head of the JP sonar, reading.


USS Razorback in drydock, Pear Harbor, HI in 1946-47. Starboard side view from aft looking forward. Taken from the edge of the drydock. The after 5-inch, 25-caliber gun is now visible, along with a single 40mm gun mounted on the after cigarette deck.

USS Razorback in drydock, Pear Harbor, HI in 1946-47. Starboard side view from aft looking forward. Taken from the edge of the drydock. The after 5-inch, 25-caliber gun is now visible, along with a single 40mm gun mounted on the after cigarette deck.
From the Clarence Huffman collection.


USS Razorback underway, 1946-47. Looking aft from the after cigarette deck. USS Bushnell (AS 15) in the background.

USS Razorback underway, 1946-47. Looking aft from the after cigarette deck. USS Bushnell (AS 15) in the background.
From the Clarence Huffman collection


USS Razorback, 1946-47. Looking at the cigarette deck from the after main deck. Probably taken at the same time as the above picture.

USS Razorback, 1946-47. Looking at the cigarette deck from the after main deck. Probably taken at the same time as the above picture.
From the Clarence Huffman collection


1950

The 75 men and six officers of USS Razorback swarm over the superstructure of their submarine for a last picture before leaving Pearl Harbor, 14 April, 1950.

Photo Caption: "The 75 men and six officers of USS Razorback swarm over the superstructure of their submarine for a last picture before leaving Pearl Harbor, 14 April, 1950."

(US National Archives Photograph 485176)


1951

USS Razorback (SS 394) underway at sea, December, 1951. Photographer PH1 Gallagher.

Photo Caption: USS Razorback (SS-394) underway at sea, December, 1951. Photographer PH1 Gallagher.

(US National Archives Photograph 479922)

This photograph shows Razorback in an interim configuration. Her deck guns have clearly been removed, but her fairwater is largely unchanged from her WWII configuration and her bow, though obscured by the seas, appears to also be unchanged. The rounded "GUPPY" bow would not be installed for another year.


1953

USS Fulton (AS 11) at the state pier New London, CT in March 1953. Submarines present include USS Entemedor (SS 340), USS Halfbeak (SS 352), USS Angler (SS 240), USS Razorback (SS 394), USS Tusk (SS 426), and USS Hardhead (SS-365). SS P&T Leader is across the pier. Courtesy of CAPT Joseph A. Enright, USN (ret)

Photo Caption: "USS Fulton (AS 11) at the state pier New London, CT in March 1953. Submarines present include USS Entemedor (SS-340), USS Halfbeak (SS-352), USS Angler (SS-240), USS Razorback (SS-394), USS Tusk (SS-426), and USS Hardhead (SS-365). SS P&T Leader is across the pier. Courtesy of CAPT Joseph A. Enright, USN (ret)."

(US Naval Historical Center Photograph NH-905254)

Razorback was undergoing her GUPPY IIA Conversion at this time. Most of the conversion work was done at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME.


1954

USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 24 January, 1954 - Vertical view.

Photo Caption: USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 24 January, 1954 - Vertical view.

(US National Archives Photograph 633283)

This series of photographs are almost certainly from Razorback's post overhaul sea trials (she would be recommissioned on 01 June 1954). They show Razorback after she has completed her GUPPY modifications. She sports the "step sail" that she would retain until 1962, and she has the distinctive rounded "GUPPY" bow and snorkel.


USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 24 January, 1954 - Broadside view.
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Photo Caption: USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 24 January, 1954 - Broadside view.

(US National Archives Photograph 633284)


USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 24 January, 1954 - 3/4 Stern view.
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Photo Caption: USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 24 January, 1954 - 3/4 Stern view.

(US National Archives Photograph 633285)


USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 25 January, 1954 - Stern view

Photo Caption: USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 25 January, 1954 - Stern view

(US National Archives Photograph 633286)


USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 25 January, 1954 - Bow view
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Photo Caption: USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 25 January, 1954 - Bow view

(US National Archives Photograph 633287)


USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 25 January, 1954 - 2/4 Bow view
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Photo Caption: USS Razorback underway off White Island, NH - 25 January, 1954 - 3/4 Bow view.

(US National Archives Photograph 633288)


1955

USS Razorback Underway. 31 March 1955
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Photo Caption: "USS Razorback Underway. 31 March 1955"

(US National Archives Photograph 664070)

Note the change in paint scheme between Razorback's sea trials in January 1944 and these trials, just before her recommissioning.