BARBEL: A Fresh water fish
in the Cyprinidae family, like a Minnow or Carp.
While on her THIRD war patrol and operating in
the South China Sea, Barbel (SS-316)
 under command of Lt. Cdr. R.A. Keating,
attacks a convoy, torpedoing and SINKING
the Japanese troop transports
Misaki Maru and Sugiyama Maru.
He earlier sank Miyako Maru, and Bushu Maru

Laid down, 11 March 1943, at the Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.;
Launched, 14 November 1943;  Named USS Barbel (SS-316), 3 April 1944.
Commissioned by Commander Robert A. Keating, Jr., 27 December 1944
Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,242 t.;
Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts;
Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts;
Complement 6 Officers, 60 Enlisted;  Patrol Endurance 75 days; Operating Depth, 400 ft;
Fuel Capacity 118,000, Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines, General Motors diesel engines, HP 5400, four General Electric motors,
HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes,
one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns;

The fourth patrol of Barbel departed Fremantle, Australia, 5 January 1945 for
the South China Sea. Late in January she was ordered to form a wolf-pack with
Perch (SS-313) and Gabilan (SS-252) and patrol the western approaches
to Balabac Strait and the southern entrance to Palawan Passage.

On 3 February Barbel sent a message reporting that she had been
attacked three times by enemy aircraft dropping depth charges
and would transmit further information on the following night.

Barbel was never heard from again. Japanese aviators reported
an attack on a submarine off southwest Palawan 4 February.
Two bombs were dropped and one landed on the submarine near the bridge.
The sub plunged, under a cloud of fire and spray.
This was very likely the last engagement of Barbel.
She was officially reported lost 16 February 1945.

All hands lost; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown).
Barbel received three battle stars for her World War II service.
From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
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