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USS Volador

SS - 490

About the USS Volador:

USS Volador (SS-490), a Tench-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the volador. The contract to build her was awarded to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, and her keel was laid down on 15 June 1945, but work on her construction was discontinued in January 1946. Her unfinished hulk remained on the ways until August 1947 when construction resumed, now including GUPPY II enhancements to the basic Tench design. Volador was launched on 21 May 1948 sponsored by Mrs. Harriet Rose Morton (née Nelson) widow of Commander Dudley W. Morton, and commissioned on 1 October 1948, with Lieutenant Commander Howard A. Thompson in command.

We will continue to add information until we think we’ve told the complete story of the USS Volador and its crews. This site has a lot of information about the boat, its officers and crew, its deployments, and boat reunions. We welcome comments, suggestions, corrections, and photo submissions that will make this site even better.

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2021 Reunion

Everyone will have to call in to make their own reservations. The direct hotel number is 555-555-5555, make sure you tell them it is for the Sea Leopard Reunion 2021. The room rate will be $114 for a standard double or king. We have the rooms blocked off at the hotel for August 26 – 30th, 2021, there are some rooms being held for a couple of days before and after.