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   The second Grenadier (SS525) was laid down by Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA on 8 Feb. 1944. It was launched on 15 Dec.1944 but was not christened until 10 Feb. 1951. It was sponsored by Mrs. John A Fitzgerald, wife of the first Grenadier's last skipper. It was commissioned the same day, Commander Henry G. Reaves in command.
  One of the first "Guppy" submarines, Grenadier was equipped with a snorkel to permit indefinite running in an awash (submerged) condition. Grenadier proved the worth of this device during her shakedown. Returning from the Caribbean cruise, the new submarine made the 7 day voyage from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to New London, CT submerged.
  Almost 2 years of intensive training exercises out of New London were capped by her first yard overhaul at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, extending from 16 Dec. 1952 to 22 Apr. 1953.
  In June of 1953, Grenadier participated in the annual midshipman cruise to Rio De Janeiro and other Brazilian ports. Returning to New London via the Caribbean, she then supported ASW exercises during November as a carrier task force perfected its antisubmarine operations.
  Grenadier continued training and battle exercises along the New England coast and off the Virginia capes and in August 1955 cruised to Montreal, Quebec via the St Lawrence River.
  Grenadier departed New London on 3 Jan. 1956 on the first of several Mediterranean cruises. During the 3 month deployment she steamed throughout the Mediterranean and both showed the flag and participated in attack and antisubmarine exercises with various units of the 6th Fleet. On two subsequent Mediterranean deployments, from 8 Nov. 1957 to 27 Jan. 1958 and from 10 Apr. to 8 Aug. 1962 she operated with the mighty 6th Fleet to bolster peacekeeping operations in that troubled region of the world.
  Between these cruises the submarine participated in exercises along the East coast and was a frequent visitor to Caribbean waters. Grenadier operated out of New London CT until 15 Sep. 1958 when she transferred to Key West, FL. From there, Grenadier served more frequently in the Caribbean and also patrolled and held exercises along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida.
  While on special antisubmarine exercises in the North Atlantic on the morning of 29 May 1959, Grenadier, in company with a patrol plane, sighted and photographed a Russian submarine prowling the waters off Iceland. It was the first confirmed sighting of a Soviet submarine in the Atlantic. For this action, Grenadier was presented with the coveted Jerauld Wright Award.
  Grenadier again confronted Russian ships when the Cuban missile crisis threatened nuclear war in October of 1962. In company with Balao, Threadfin, Trutta and Chopper she formed part of the American fleet that blockaded and quarantined the Communist island. After the Russian offensive missiles were pulled out of Cuba Grenadier was one of several ships dispatched to Cuba to assert and confirm America's rights and position there.
   Since 1962, Grenadier continued patrols and training operations out of Key West. Assigned to SubRon 12 she participated in exercises along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean. In addition, she has provided valuable aid during the perfecting of advanced sonar and ASW equipment. She distinguished herself in 1966 gathering navigational data and other information in the Caribbean.
  USS Grenadier (SS525) was de-commissioned, struck from the Navy List and sold to Venezuela on 15 May 1973.



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