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: Believe it or not it's still in service with
: the Taiwanese Navy!
: See NY Times article (with photo)
: Per Wiki....
: USS Tusk (SS-426), a Balao-class submarine,
: was the only ship of the United States Navy
: to be named for the tusk, an alternate name
: for the cusk, a large edible saltwater fish
: related to the cod. Her keel was laid down
: on 23 August 1943 at Philadelphia by the
: Cramp Shipbuilding Company. She was launched
: on 8 July 1945 and commissioned on 11 April
: 1946. She underwent her Guppy conversion
: between 1947-48. On 18 October 1973, Tusk
: was decommissioned at New London,
: Connecticut, struck from the Naval Vessel
: Register, and on 18 October 1973
: transferred, by sale, to the Republic of
: China (Taiwan).
: Ex-Tusk was commissioned into the Republic
: of China Navy as Hai Pao (meaning
: "seal"), first with hull number
: SS-92, then SS-794, and finally SS-792. The
: terms of the purchase specified that she be
: used strictly for ASW training, so her
: torpedo tubes were welded shut before the
: transfer. The Taiwanese restored the torpedo
: tubes in 1976 and reportedly received modern
: torpedoes through Italy from a number of
: sources. As of April 2015, Hai Pao was still
: afloat at Kaohsiung Naval Base, although
: probably limited to shallow dives.