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Griffin Class, U.S. Submarine Tenders


Photograph of Griffin-class submarine tender

U.S. Navy #1520-44

Schematic diagram of Griffin class submarine tender

ONI 222


Specifications:


Tonnage 14,200 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 492' by 69'6" by 21'10"
150.0m by 21.2m by 6.7m
Maximum speed       16.5 knots
Complement 911
Armament 1 4"/50 gun
1 3"/23 AA gun
Machinery
1-shaft General Electric geared turbine (8500 shp)
2 Foster-Wheeler boilers
Bunkerage 2841 tons fuel oil
Range 12,550 nautical miles (23,000km) at 15 knots
Modifications
Armament upgraded to 1 5"/38 DP gun, 4 3"/50 AA guns, 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns, and 10-20 20mm Oerlikon AA guns.


The Griffins were completed in 1940-1942. They were Maritime Commission standard C3-Cargo merchant ships converted to use as submarine tenders. They had about three-fourths the work capacity of the purpose-built tenders of the Fulton class.


Units in the Pacific:

Pelias       Pearl Harbor
Griffin 1942-4-15 (Brisbane)


References

Alden (1979)

DANFS

Lane (1951)

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)



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