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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.

    Tench Class Submarine
    Keel Laid July 10 1944 - Launched October 17 1944

  1. USS RUNNER SS-476
    Commissioned February 6 1945
    Converted to Fleet Snorkel Submarine 1952
    Decommissioned January 25 1969
    Redesignated Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS) 1969, While in reserve

  2. RUNNER AGSS-476
    Placed In Service 1969 as Naval Reserve Training Vessel

  3. RUNNER IXSS-476
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine (IXSS) June 30 1971
    Out of Service December 15 1971

    Struck from Naval Register December 15 1971
    Sold June 19 1973 for scrap

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Runner SS-476 Covers Page 1     (1944-1964)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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


Locy Type 7

USS Orion
AS 18





Other Information

USS RUNNER earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - An amberfish inhabiting subtropical waters. So called for its rapid leaps from the water.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. R. H. Bass, the wife of the prospective commanding officer, Comdr. R. H. Bass.

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name RUNNER - USS Runner SS-275 and USS Runner SS-476.



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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