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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 September 9 1943 - Launched January 27 1944

    Commissioned April 3 1944 - Decommissioned August 1952
    Recommissioned January 1952 - Decommissioned November 30 1970

    Struck from Naval Register November 30 1970

  2. TGC MURATREIS S-336 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Sold to the Republic of Turkey November 30 1970 and renamed
    Commissioned November 30 1970 - Decommissioned August 8 2001

    Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, North Little Rock, AR
    ex-RAZORBACK left Turkey on May 5 2004, arrived in Arkansas on July 16 2004 after being purchased by funds raised from various veteran and civic organizations
    Since July 2005, ex-Razorback/ex-Muratreis has been open to the public.

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. Covers Page 1    (1944-64)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett razorback ss394 19440127.jpg
JonBurdett razorback ss394 19440127 cach.jpg

Triple launching with USS REDFISH SS-395 and USS RONQUIL SS-396


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Razorback SS394 19440403 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Gow C. Ng


Locy Type


JonBurdett razorback ss394 19440403.jpg
JonBurdett razorback ss394 19440403 cach.jpg

First Day in Commission
Mark probably from Portsmouth Navy Yard






Other Information

RAZORBACK received five battle stars for World War II service, and four stars for Vietnam service

Credited with sinking...
The 6933-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship KENJO MARU, December 7 1944 off Luzon
The 900-ton Japanese Torpedo Boat KURETAKE, December 30 1944 in Bashii Channel
Two small Japanese vessels, March 5 1945 East China Sea
An un-named Japanese sailing vessel, March 6 1945 East China Sea
An un-named Japanese sailing vessel, March 9 1945 Ryukyu Islands
Eight small Japanese vessels, August 2 1945 Kuril Islands

RAZORBACK SS-394 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

NAMESAKE - Named for a species of whale found in the far southern reaches of the Pacific Ocean



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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