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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Balao Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 15 March 1943 - Launched 12 July 1943

  1. USS PICUDA SS-382
    Commissioned 16 October 1943 - Decommissioned 25 September 1946
    Recommissioned 19 June 1953 - Decommissioned 1 October 1972

    Loaned to Spain 1 October 1972 and renamed
    Purchased outright by Spain 18 November 1974

    Struck from Naval Register 18 November 1974
    Deleted from the Spanish Fleet 30 April 1977

    Fate unknown


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Picuda SS-382 Covers Page 1     (1943-1969)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine Cancel

Kittery, ME


GregCiesielski PAMPANITO SS 383 19430712 1 Front.jpg


Dual Launching with USS Pampanito SS-383. Cachet by Wilfred R. Cyr


Other Information

USS PICUDA received six battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - The great barracuda of the Caribbean Sea and the tropical western Atlantic



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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