Class: BALAO (Sea Owl variant)
Displacement: 1,526 (surf.) 2,401 (subm.)
Dimensions: length 311'7''; beam 27'2; draft 15'3"
Speed: 20.25 kts. (surf), 8.75 kts (subm)
Weapons: 1-5"/25 cal, 10-21" torpedoes tubes (6 fwd, 4 aft)
Complement: 6 officers - 60 enlisted men
Depth: 400 ft.
The story of the Balao class submarine USS Sea Robin begins when her keel was laid down on building way # 3 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard on March 1, 1944. Following a period of rapid wartime construction, she was christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Herbert Ambrose and launched on May 25, 1944.
The Commissioning ceremony took place, and her first Commanding Officer, Paul C. Stimson assumed command on August 7, of the same year. From the period of August 22 to Sept. 16, Sea Robin conducted extensive sea trials in the water off of Portsmouth, then proceeded to Newport, Rhode Island to conduct torpedo trials. She next traveled to the New London Submarine Base at Groton, Connecticut and conducted further training exercise during the period from Sept.20 to Oct. 3.
OFFICERS AND CREW OF THE U.S.S. SEA ROBIN
Lieut. Comdr. P. C. Stimson, U.S.N.
Lieutenant P. F. Eckert, U.S.N.
Lieutenant F. P. Melzar, U.S.N.R.
Lieutenant V. C. Page, Jr., U.S.N.R.
Lieutenant B. P. Percy, U.S.N.
Lieutenant (jg) R. W. Greene, U.S.N.R.
Lieutenant (jg) L. A. McHenry, U.S.N.
Ensign J. H. Bruns, U.S.N.R.
W. D. Hunter, CTM, U.S.N., Chief of the Boat
Sea Robin departed the Submarine Base at Groton and headed for Balboa, Canal Zone, arriving there on Oct. 13. Even before she could get to the Panama Canal, she was fired on by a Scandinavian merchantman, who had mistaken her for a German U-Boat. More trial, torpedo shooting exercises and attack training filled her time while at Balboa. On Oct. 21 she headed west to her wartime base of Pearl Harbor, arriving there on Nov.5.