Gato Class submarine launched December 19, 1943. Commissioned
April 21, 1944 at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. Converted December 11, 1953.
Decommissioned December 20, 1971.
Built as part of the effort to assemble a major submarine force just prior to and
after the U.S. entry into World War II, USS Croaker was sent to the Pacific to wage
a war of attrition against Japan's merchant marine and Navy. USS Croaker had 6 WWII
pacific war patrols, was awarded 3 battle stars, and claimed 11 Japanese vessels
including a cruiser, four tankers, two freighters, an ammunition ship, two escort
craft, and a minesweeper.
After WWII, USS Croaker was converted and recommissioned
as SSK-246 under the Hunter-Killer conversion program with a streamlined sail,
snorkel, long range sonar, and machinery noise reduction. Routine cruises were made
to the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean until the submarine was placed out
of service in 1968.
The submarine then participated in various submarine operations
as a Naval Reserve trainer from 1968 to 1971 until stricken from the Navy Register