USS Haddo
604 Patch


Boat History - USS Haddo SSN 604

Also the SS255

 “Give me a strong ship and the men to sail her, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”
John Paul Jones

A distinguished name in the United States Submarine history, HADDO carries forth a rich legacy of achievement.  The SS-255 one of World War II’s “HERO” ships with ten war patrols and numerous sinkings, and the SSN 604 with deployments to the far reaches of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as well as their adjoining seas, have each in their own fashion gone “in harm’s way” and have served their country well.

  U.S.S. HADDO (SSN 604)

Ship’s History

USS HADDO (SSN 604) was built by New York Shipbuilding corporation, Camden, New Jersey.  Her Keel was laid on 9 September 1960 and she was launched on 18 August 1962 under the sponsorship of Mrs. Henry M. Jackson, wife of United States Senator from the state of Washington.  On 16 December 1964, HADDO was placed in commission and became a member of Submarine Squadron FOUR.

During the summer of 1965 HADDO became the first ship of her class to be deployed to the Mediterranean Sea with the U.S. Sixth Fleet.  For operations during a period in 1966, HADDO was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted during a period in 1967.  As a result of the outstanding teamwork and many long hours of training and operations during fiscal years 1968 and 1969, HADDO was awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” for Excellence.  HADDO received an eighteen-month “subsafe” overhaul at Charleston Naval Shipyard from August 1969 to April 1970.  Following overhaul, HADDO’s home port changed to New London, Connecticut, where she became a member of Submarine Squadron TEN.  HADDO operated out of New London from 1971 to 1973.  In the spring of 1972, HADDO completed the first six-month Mediterranean deployment for an SSN.  In the fall of 1972, she again deployed to the Med, returning just prior to Christmas.

From August 1973 until December 1975, HADDO underwent an extensive refueling overhaul at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  In February of 1976, HADDO’s homeport shifted to San Diego, California and joined the Pacific Fleet as a member of Submarine Squadron THREE.  The transit required HADDO to pass through the Panama Canal.

In the spring of 1977, HADDO departed for the Western Pacific, returning in the fall after an arduous six-month deployment.  During the first three months of 1978, HADDO accomplished an intensive Selected Restricted Availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.  In December 1978, HADDO again deployed to the Western Pacific, visited New Zealand and returned in 1979.

HADDO arrived in Mare Island Naval Shipyard for another intensive Selected Restricted Availability in February 1980.  In August of the same year she deployed to the Indian Ocean, visited Australia and returned to San Diego in February 1981.

In July of 1981, HADDO deployed to the Western Pacific, visited Japan and returned to San Diego in late October 1981.  HADDO arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in April of 1982 and underwent an extensive modernization and overhaul in January 1984, returning to San Diego.

From February to August 1985, HADDO again deployed to the Western Pacific visiting Japan and Hong Kong.  As a result of her successful deployment, and superb operational reliability, HADDO was again awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” for Excellence for 1985.  HADDO underwent and intensive Selective Restricted Availability in October 1985 in San Diego.  HADDO then deployed to the Western Pacific from August 1986 to February 1987, again visiting Japan and Hong Kong.  She completed several months of successful local operations before undergoing her last Selected Restricted Availability in San Diego from January to March 1988.

HADDO conducted a two-month ASW operation in June and July 1988.  From February 1989 until February 1990, HADDO was deployed from San Diego over 300 days, conducting intensive operations in support of the National Defense, including a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific visiting Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines.  During her last of six WESTPACs, she also completed the longest continuously submerged period in her 25-year history.  In the fall-winter of 1989 and 1990, HADDO participated in the largest Pacific Fleet naval exercise since 1945, PACEX-89, and conducted a two-month ASW operation in the northern Pacific.



16 Dec 1964 - 11 Dec 1965                         CDR John G. WILLIAMS, Jr.

11 Dec 1965 - 08 Sep 1967                         CDR Robert W. CHEWNING

08 Sep 1967 - 24 Jul 1971                            CDR Gerald W. MUENCH

24 Jul 1971 - 30 Jan 1976                              CDR Richard H. SCALES

30 Jan 1976 - 11 Jul 1978                              CDR Fredrick W. CARTER

11 Jul 1978 - 31 Jul 1980                                CDR Norman W. MIMS, Jr.

31 Jul 1980 - 30 Jul 1983                                CDR James R. ROUSE

30 Jul 1983 - 26 Feb 1986                              CDR Richard D. RAAZ

26 Feb 1986 - 14 Oct 1988                             CDR William H. JUDD, III

14 Oct 1988 - Through Decommissioning     CDR Gregg D. LARSON


U.S.S. HADDO (SS 255)

Ship’s Heritage

USS HADDO (SSN 604) is the second U.S. Naval submarine to bear the name HADDO.  The keel of her predecessor, USS HADDO (SS 255), was laid 1 October 1941 at Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut.  Launching ceremonies were held on 21 June 1942 with Mrs. Charles S. Russel, wife of the then Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel, as the ship’s sponsor.  After commissioning on 9 October 1942 and completing dock and acceptance trials, USS HADDO (SS 255) left on her first war patrol 9 April 1943 with Lieutenant Commander W.A. Lent, USN as her first skipper.  During her World War II career she made three war patrols in the European-African-Middle area followed by seven in the Asiatic-Pacific area.  Commander John Corbus, USN, was skipper for the third and fourth patrols and was relieved in command by Lieutenant Commander Chester S. Nimitz, Jr., USN, for the next three patrols.  It was during the last of these, HADDO’s seventh patrol, that she earned the Navy Unit Commendation “For outstanding heroism in action… off the Philippines… sending to the bottom two destroyers and a patrol vessel with another destroyer lying crippled in the water before her torpedoes were expended”.

Following this patrol, Commander Nimitz was relieved in command by Lieutenant Commander Frank Lynch, USN, who served as Commanding Officer until decommissioning.  HADDO’s tenth and final war patrol terminated in Tokyo Bay in September 1945 when she participated in the occupation of Japan.  On 9 October 1945, exactly three years after commissioning USS HADDO (SS 255) returned to the Submarine Base at New London for decommissioning.  During her war patrols she had fired 93 torpedoes and logged nearly 200,000 miles in three years searching for the enemy.  She was officially credited with sinking 44,000 tons of shipping and damaging 14,500 more.  In this brief career the officers and men of her crew earned two Navy Crosses, seven Silver Stars, ten Bronze Stars and twelve Letters of Commendation.  USS HADDO (SS 255) herself was awarded the Submarine Combat Insignia for four outstanding war patrols as well as the Navy Unit Citation.



At the moment the commissioning pennant is broken, a ship becomes the responsibility of the Commanding Officer, who together with the ship’s officers and men, has the duty of making her ready for any service required by our nation, whether we be at peace or at war.

The commissioning pennant has for centuries been the symbol of a man-o-war.  It is believed to date from the 17th century, when the Dutch were at war with the English.  Dutch Admiral Maarten Harpertzoon Tromp hoisted a broom at his masthead to symbolize his intention to sweep the English from the sea.  This gesture was answered by British Admiral William Blake, who hoisted a horsewhip indicating his intention to chastise the Dutch.  The victorious British thus set the precedent for a long narrow commissioning pennant to symbolize the original horsewhip as the distinctive symbol of a ship of war.

The modern U.S. Navy commissioning pennant is blue at the hoist with a union of seven white stars and a horizontal red and white stripe at the fly.

Prior to the decommissioning of a ship, an inactivation ceremony is held.  This ceremony symbolizes a tribute to the ship preparing for her decommissioning, the time-honored end of a ship’s life.  During the ceremony, as if decommissioning, the ship’s colors and commissioning pennant are hauled down and the watches secured.  This solemn ceremony where the commissioning pennant, ensign and jack are hauled down for the last time is a dedication to the total operational success of the ship and the men who sailed her.