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Silent Service S01 E36: The Searaven Story

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Published on Apr 22, 2014

USS Searaven (SS-196) was a Sargo-class submarine.
Her keel was laid down on 9 August 1938 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 21 June 1939 sponsored by Mrs. Cyrus W. Cole; and commissioned on 2 October 1939, with Lieutenant Thomas G. Reamy in command.

Searaven was one of the target ships in the 1946 atomic bomb test, Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll. She escaped the tests with negligible damage. The submarine was decommissioned on 11 December 1946, sunk as a target on 11 September 1948, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 21 October 1948.

Searaven earned ten battle stars for her World War II service.

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